Harvey Weinstein reportedly wrote a lot of checks to women he allegedly sexually harassed, abused, and raped in order to keep them quiet. The Hollywood mogul also wrote a lot of checks to Bill Clinton’s legal defense fund during the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the Clinton Foundation: totaling between $100,000 to $250,000 over the years.
Now, the Clinton Foundation—named after a former president who had sexual relations with a teenage intern in the Oval Office—is refusing to return the money it received from an Weinstein, who allegedly used his position of power to abuse women.
Hillary Clinton, who is continually lauded by feminists, was criticized for waiting five days to denounce Weinstein’s alleged misdeeds.
“I was just sick. I was shocked. I was appalled. It was something that was just intolerable in every way,” she told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria last week.
On Monday, a Clinton Foundation official said the organization, which has spent more money on rent and office supplies than on charitable grants, would not be returning the money it accepted from Weinstein.
“We are a charity,” a Clinton Foundation official said in a statement. “Donations, these included, have been spent fighting childhood obesity and HIV/AIDS, combating climate change, and empowering girls and women, and we have no plans to return them.”