Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut has agreed that funds received from Harvey Weinstein by the party should be returned. Weinstein has been in the news for all the wrong reasons after it came out that he has been sexually harassing women for years on end. There has been some serious public outcry for the Democratic party to return the money they have received from him or to donate the money to other causes.
Murphy supports call on the State of Union
It was on the CNN's State of Union that Chris Murphy responded to a question about the issue and said that he found the call for returning the funds quite sensible. The story broke after a report came out in The New York Times. Since then, Sen. Patrick Leahy from Vermont and Sen. Martin Heinrich from New Mexico have supported the call to return funds and affirm that they would do so at the earliest. Leahy has confirmed that he will donate the $5600 that he received from Weinstein to the Vermont Community Foundation Women's Fund. Martin Heinrich gave away $5400 in contributions received from Weinstein to a non-profit organization called Community against Violence, based in New Mexico. Whether the cash received by Murphy will be returned to Weinstein or it will be donated is not known yet, and it is also not clear if other Democrats are planning on doing so.
Murphy says background checks are not done
Talking about the issue, Sen. Murphy went on to clarify that when donations are received by the party, background checks on who is giving the money are not carried out. He pointed out that party members solicit funds from numerous sources and it is not practical or viable to carry out detailed checks on each of them before receiving funds. He agreed that it is quite probable that many of the people who have contributed to his campaign may have less than desirable backgrounds. He also pointed out that it is just as likely that people with dubious backgrounds donated funds to the Republicans as well. However, he also agreed that those who have taken funds from Weinstein should return it.
Meanwhile, the Republican National Committee has also issued a statement asking members of other parties to return Weinstein's donations. The statement said that his donations to the Democrats, made over a period of three decades, amount to some three quart million dollars.