How Harvey Weinstein became one of the most powerful figures in Democratic politics before his career was rocked by a sexual harassment scandal

9 Oct , 2017 Business

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Harvey Weinstein, the film producer and co-founder of Miramax Films and the Weinstein Company, has long been known for behaving inappropriately towards women within Hollywood circles.

Yet until a New York Times report detailed nearly three decades’ worth of sexual harassment allegations against him from women in Hollywood, he was able to retain his job and the vast influence he has in Democratic Party politics.

Already known as the “most powerful man in Hollywood,” Weinstein has personally donated over $750,000 to Democratic politicians and organizations since 1991, and has became one of the largest fundraisers for the Democratic Party in Hollywood. Here’s a chronology of how he acquired his political empire:

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Weinstein’s political involvement began in the early 1990s.

Weinstein began to make contributions to the Democratic Party in 1991, when he gave money to Sen. Barbara Boxer of California and Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont. Over the next few years he gave relatively small amounts — all $2,000 or less — …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Finance


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