Published: Wed, January 31, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Republican Congresswoman Donates Contribution from Steve Wynn Amid Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

Republican Congresswoman Donates Contribution from Steve Wynn Amid Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

"Effective today I am resigning as Finance Chairman of the RNC", Wynn said in the statement Saturday.

Wynn, whose identity is central to his company's brand, told the Wall Street Journal that the idea that he had ever assaulted a woman was "preposterous", and he blamed his ex-wife for instigating the allegations because of an ongoing divorce lawsuit involving her freedom to sell Wynn Resort stock.

Mr Wynn, 76, had faced growing calls to step aside in the wake of a detailed investigative report in The Wall Street Journal last Friday that said he frequently demanded naked massages from female employees, and had sometimes pressured them to engage in sexual intercourse or to perform sex acts on him.

Wynn's attorneys declined to comment to the Journal. "It is deplorable for anyone to find themselves in this situation", the statement said.

The Democrats are now attacking the Republicans for remaining silent on this issue.

Wynn resigned and released a statement announcing his resignation and said that the work to make America better is too important to be bogged down by this distraction.

Noting that conservatives had tied Harvey Weinstein around Democrats' necks and asked if Dems were going to return Weinstein's political contributions following his sexual misconduct accusations, Democrats have turned the tables on Republicans regarding Wynn.

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The casino mogul, who has denied the allegations, is a longtime friend (and onetime rival) of President Trump's and served as finance vice chair of the Trump campaign before being elevated to the RNC role by the president last January.

He added: "You're one of the lead dogs raising money in the party and you have to have street cred in the finance world so you can shake trees". "Did a great job".

Since 2013, Wynn has contributed almost $US2.4 million to GOP candidates and party organisations around the country, including 2017 special election winners and dozens of state Republican Party committees. As the allegations began to surface share price of Wynn Resorts fell 10 percent.

Lindsey Graham of SC told ABC's This Week on Sunday money from Wynn should be returned if the allegations against him are found to "have merit".

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer was among the Republicans who shared a chart alleging to detail which Democrats had received donations from Weinstein, and which had returned or donated them after the allegations broke. He has also donated $411,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, $248,000 to the RNC, and $100,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee. DNC spokeswoman Sabrina Singh said that if you stand for respecting women, you should not accept money from someone who has treated women disrespectfully.

Other board members include a retired U.S. Navy admiral, a trustee for the University of Southern California and a long-time ambassador to the People's Republic of China. "And it'd be hard to go into the next RNC meeting with this hanging out there", former RNC chairman Michael Steele said, according to the Washington Post.

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