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RNC accepted $400K from disgraced billionaire Steve Wynn one year after he was accused of sexual assault: report

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Two major Republican campaign committees each accepted six-figure contributions from former casino mogul Steve Wynn, Politico reported Friday.

“The national Republican Party has accepted nearly $400,000 in donations from disgraced ex-casino mogul Steve Wynn — a move that comes just over a year after he was accused of sexually harassing or assaulting employees over a decade-long period,” Wynn gave $248,500 to the Republican National Committee (RNC) and $150,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) in April, according to two people familiar with the contributions. The donations are set to be disclosed publicly later this month.”

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Wynn was toxic enough that he resigned as the RNC finance chairman following his #MeToo scandal.

“Wynn, a longtime Republican Party donor whose net worth has been pegged at nearly $3 billion, stepped down as chairman of Wynn Resorts in January 2018 following accusations that he engaged in an extensive pattern of sexual misconduct toward female employees at his Las Vegas casino,” Politico noted.

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, who went by Ronna Romney McDaniel before Trump made her change name due to his hatred of her uncle, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), defended accepting the donations.

“While we must take any allegations like these seriously, everyone is entitled to the presumption of innocence and due process. Over the last year and a half, multiple investigations into the allegations against Steve Wynn have concluded. Throughout this entire process, Steve has repeatedly and unequivocally denied wrongdoing, and he has not been charged with or found guilty of any crimes,” McDaniel argued. “At this point, there is no reason for refusing his support.”

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“In February, Wynn Resorts was fined $20 million by the Nevada Gaming Commission for ignoring employee complaints about Wynn’s behavior,” Politico reported. “Last month, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission released a report detailing how company executives worked to conceal internal complaints made about Wynn, including one from an employee who told a supervisor that the mogul raped her in a [massage] room.”

The NRSC did not even issue a statement attempting to defend their contribution.

“The RNC has steadfastly refused calls to return nearly $375,000 in contributions that Wynn and his wife, Andrea Hissom, gave to the committee in 2017,” Politico added.

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President Donald Trump Sunday morning admitted he brought up Joe Biden and the former Vice President’s son Hunter Biden while speaking with the President of Ukraine.

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