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Blumenthal Donates Weinstein Cash; Malloy Attended Obama Funder at Weinstein’s Home

October 6, 2017 By Staff
Blumenthal Donates Weinstein Cash; Malloy Attended Obama Funder at Weinstein’s Home

There's big fallout for Democrats over decades-long allegations against filmmaker Harvey Weinstein made public on Thursday.

Some Connecticut Democrats have been scrutinized for past contributions from, and connections to, filmmaker Harvey Weinstein, a day after The New York Times exposed numerous sexual harassment complaints against Weinstein over 30 years in the film business.

America Rising PAC noted on Thursday that Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) has received at least $5,400 from Weinstein since 2011:

Blumenthal announced soon after that he “will be donating the full amount of Mr. Weinstein’s contribution to the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence.”

Weinstein has connections to at least one another Connecticut pol, though: Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.).

Malloy visited Weinstein’s house in Westport, Connecticut in 2012, for a lavish fundraiser on behalf of President Obama’s re-election campaign.

The New York Times reported at the time:

Two gold Oscar statues sat on shelves as Mr. Obama addressed 60 donors who forked over $35,800 each for the privilege. Among the guests were Anne Hathaway, who played Catwoman in “The Dark Knight Rises,” the new Batman film; Jerry Springer, the talk show host; Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue magazine; Joanne Woodward, the actress and widow of Paul Newman; Aaron Sorkin, creator of television shows like “The Newsroom” and “The West Wing”; and Gov. Daniel P. Malloy of Connecticut.

Twitter user CTIronman pointed out that state beaches were closed for Obama’s visit to Weinstein’s house, linking to a CBS New York article at the time.

The article notes (our emphasis):

For security reasons, the Secret Service asked that Sherwood Island State Park, and Burying Hill Beach near the Weinstein home be closed.

Some people said closing the beaches all day was a little much.