The Republican Party received $400,000 in donations from disgraced casino mogul Steve Wynn in April, the Politico reported on Friday. The donations will be disclosed publicly later in May, it also became known.
Mr. Wynn is the former boss of Las Vegas casino powerhouse Wynn Resorts. He quit the company in February 2018, following the publication of a damning report by the Wall Street Journal that detailed a decades-long pattern of sexual misconduct by the billionaire.
Mr. Wynn denied the multiple allegations that he had subjected employees at Wynn Resorts’ Las Vegas properties to unwanted sexual advances and had pressured them into having sex with him, calling these allegations “preposterous.”
The embattled businessman is a long-time donor of the Republican Party, directing over the years millions of dollars toward the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee, and President Trump, among other prominent lawmakers.
As reported by the Politico, Mr. Wynn donated last month $248,500 to the Republican National Committee and $150,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee. The two committees accepted the donations, despite previous criticism about their association with the disgraced billionaire.
Following the publication of the WSJ report last year, the Republican National Committee was urged to return around $375,000 in donations made by Mr. Wynn in 2017. The committee said that Mr. Wynn should be “allowed due process, and if he is found of any wrongdoing, we will absolutely return 100 percent of that money.” The casino mogul stepped down from his role as Finance Chairman of the committee at that time.
Wynn Had Not Broken the Law
Defending their decision to accept contributions from Mr. Wynn last month, Ronna McDaniel, Chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, told the Politico that none of the investigations opened into the sexual misconduct allegations against Mr. Wynn “established that the billionaire had broken the law.”
Ms. McDaniel’s statement went on that any allegations like these are taken seriously by the committee, but “everyone is entitled to the presumption of innocence and due process.” She further noted that Mr. Wynn has kept denying the allegations and has so far not been found guilty of any crimes, which is why the party sees no reason to refuse his donations.
Mr. Wynn is a long-time friend of Republican President Donald Trump. Their relationship evolved from a years-long feud, primarily due to competition in key casino markets, into an eventual friendship and mutual respect.
President Trump himself ran casinos in the 1990s and 2000s, although despite their initial success, his properties were not as thriving under his stewardship as the ones operated by Mr. Wynn’s Wynn Resorts. Last month, Mr. Wynn welcomed the current President of the United States on the tarmac as he landed in Las Vegas for a rally.
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