A Republican senator urged party candidates to return monetary contributions from embattled casino mogul Steve Wynn on Sunday, while a second GOP senator encouraged Republican officials to be open to refunding the cash.
Wynn donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Republican party committees over the years, including the RNC and its congressional counterparts, the National Republican Congressional Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
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.
The group received a contribution of $100,000 from Wynn Resorts in September for the 2018 campaign.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission also announced following the allegations a review into Wynn Resorts to determine whether Wynn's alleged behavior violates his company's gaming license.
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".More news: Led Coalition Bombs Iraqi Police in Fatal 'Friendly' Fire Incident
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Melvin also asked Spicer why Republicans have remained relatively silent on the Wynn allegations, with Spicer responding that "due process" must be followed, though he did add that "if a credible allegation comes, we need to take it serious". Heller is seeking re-election this year.
A Ryan spokesman said Monday the congressman will donate a 2016 contribution of $1,000 from the Wynn Resorts Limited Initiative for Public Policy.
Wynn resigned as finance chairman Saturday. "I'm really glad the Republican National Committee stepped back and he stepped down".
The Democratic Party of Wisconsin said in October that it would donate a $5,000 contribution made by Weinstein in 2010 to in-state groups that support survivors of sexual abuse and harassment.
In a statement Monday to The Associated Press, Portman spokeswoman Emily Benevides says the Ohio Republican "donated the money to a number of charities across Ohio that he's worked closely with".
Shares of the company plunged more than 10 percent Friday after The Wall Street Journal reported allegations that billionaire CEO Steve Wynn engaged in sexual misconduct over many years.