Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018|12:36 p.m.
WASHINGTON– Casino magnate Steve Wynn resigned Saturday as finance chairman of the Republican National Committee amidst claims of unwanted sexual advances and attack.
Wynn has been a prolific Republican donor and led the RNC’s fundraising efforts during President Donald Trump’s very first year, helping the committee rake in more than $130 million.
” Today I accepted Steve Wynn’s resignation as Republican National Committee finance chair,” stated RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.
The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that a variety of ladies stated they were bothered or attacked by Wynn, the chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts. Wynn has actually denied the accusations. One case resulted in a $7.5 million settlement with a manicurist, the newspaper reported.
Wynn was chosen by Trump to lead the RNC’s fundraising effort, and he contributed more than $600,000 to GOP causes last year, according to the Federal Election Commission.
An individual with direct knowledge of the situation said Trump had signed off on the decision for Wynn to resign. The person spoke on condition of anonymity since he was not licensed to share personal conversations.
Considering that 2013, Wynn has contributed almost $2.4 million to GOP prospects and celebration organizations around the country, including 2017 special election winners along with dozens of state Republican politician Party committees.
The claims versus Wynn have actually come during a wave of sexual misconduct claims versus prominent media, entertainment and political figures that got momentum last fall after the development of comprehensive claims of rape and harassment including motion picture producer Harvey Weinstein.
Throughout the fall, RNC authorities, consisting of McDaniel, noted that Weinstein had actually been a leading donor for Democrats, consisting of 2016 governmental candidate Hillary Clinton.
In early October, McDaniel tweeted that if the Democratic National Committee “truly defends females like they say they do, then returning Weinstein’s filthy cash must be a no-brainer.”
The RNC has not yet said whether it will return any cash donated by Wynn.