Published: Tue, January 30, 2018
Finance | By Cynthia Curry

Sean Spicer Says RNC Should Return Steve Wynn Donations

Sean Spicer Says RNC Should Return Steve Wynn Donations

Wynn resigned as the Republican National Committee's finance chairman Saturday after allegations of sexual misconduct were published Friday in The Wall Street Journal.

Sean Spicer appeared on MSNBC this afternoon and spoke candidly about what he thinks Republicans should do with the millions of dollars disgraced finance chairman Steve Wynn has donated to the RNC and to various Republican leaders, and to a lesser extent, some Democrats.

Republican Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lindsey Graham of SC have urged Republicans who have received money from Wynn to return them.

"If they've accepted contributions recently from him that have not been spent, absolutely, I don't even think it's a close call to return the money", Collins said in an interview with CNN.

Among other things, it says, "We are all supportive of Mr. Wynn and his leadership, and while it is unfortunate that the news media has been used to assail Mr. Wynn and us in this way, we are doing everything we can to protect our employees from these types of attacks and publicity".

He's also given about $100,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee's headquarters account.

Wynn claims the allegations relate to the break-up of his marriage.

Sexual harassment allegations targeted at casino magnate Steve Wynn have pulled the rug from under Wynn Resorts (NasdaqGS: WYNN), dragging on entertainment and gaming-related exchange traded funds.

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But RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel has reportedly accepted his resignation and spoke with President Trump about the situation earlier Saturday, according to Politico. The Republican National Committee convenes this week in Washington for its annual winter meeting.

House Speaker Paul Ryan and several other Republicans are giving away money they received from Steve Wynn amid shocking allegations that the GOP mega donor sexually harassed and assaulted dozens of women.

A spokesman for the party said it will donate the $10,000 to "organizations that help victims of sexual harassment and abuse".

"The Commission is now aware of and is taking very seriously the troubling allegations detailed in the Wall Street Journal article", a spokesperson for the gaming commission said in a statement.

Steve Wynn holds those executive positions both for Ltd. and Wynn Macau. "If the DNC truly stands up for women like they say they do, then returning Weinstein's dirty money should be a no-brainer". Back in 2016, Mr. Trump called Mr. Wynn a "great friend" who had provided him with important advice.

It also became clear that the Massachusetts Gaming Commission will review the appropriateness of Wynn Resorts operating a casino resort in the state, following the allegations.

The RNC has not yet said whether it will return any money donated by Wynn.

The fallout to Wynn's business interests continued Monday.

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