Billionaire casino magnate Steve Wynn, who was just accused of widespread sexual misconduct, including assault, by dozens who spoke with The Wall Street Journal, is one of the most prominent donors in politics.
Wynn, whose estimated net worth is $2.5 billion, stepped down as the Republican National Committee’s finance chair on Saturday and has donated millions to candidates and groups over the past four decades.
The billionaire has contributed millions between the RNC, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), President Donald Trump, and a number of other powerful and prominent lawmakers.
According to The Journal report, Wynn was described as having regularly intimidated casino employees into performing sex acts. In one instance, Wynn paid a $7.5 million settlement to a manicurist who accused him of forcing her to have sex with him in 2005. The 75-year-old has denied all of the allegations, calling them “preposterous.”
Wynn joined the RNC as its top fundraiser after Trump was elected president, and the magnate donated $729,217 to Trump’s inauguration through his company, Wynn Resorts. A former business rival, Trump called Wynn “a great friend” in 2016.
Throughout the years, Wynn has mostly donated to Republicans. But he has filled Democratic coffers as well.
Federal Election Commission records showed that, over the past four decades, Wynn donated:
more than $761,000 to the NRSC
roughly $450,000 to the RNC
more than $106,000 to the NRCC
$30,500 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Aside from Trump, Wynn has made major contributions to:
Republican Sen. Dean Heller
Republican Sen. John McCain
former Republican Rep. Joe Heck
He’s made smaller contributions to prominent Republicans such as:
Sen. Lisa Murkowski
Sen. Jeff Flake
Sen. Tim Scott
Sen. Ron Johnson
Sen. Todd Young
Sen. Ted Cruz
Sen. Marco Rubio
Sen. Steve Daines
Sen. Dan Sullivan
Sen. Thom Tillis
Sen. Tom Cotton
Sen. Bill Cassidy
Sen. John Thune
Sen. Richard Burr
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
Sen. Bob Corker
Sen. Orrin Hatch
On the Democratic side, Wynn donated more than $31,000 to former Sen. Harry Reid.
He has also made smaller donations to:
former Sen. Jay Rockefeller
former Sen. Barbara Boxer
former Sen. Max Baucus
former Secretary of State John Kerry
former Vice President Joe Biden
2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton
So far, these recipients have stayed mostly silent. Late last year, after it was revealed that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein had engaged in a years-long pattern of sexual misconduct and committed sexual assaults, RNC chair Ronna McDaniel pressed Democrats to return their donations from the major contributor.
Many Democrats did in the days that followed, donating the equivalent amounts of money to charity. The Democratic National Committee itself returned a fraction of the more than $300,000 it had received from Weinstein over the years.
But on Friday, McDaniel and the Republican organizations, as well as the politicians, did not rush to return the cash.
“In the exact words of RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, ‘If you stand for treating women well and you stand for the respect of women, you shouldn’t take money from somebody who treated women with the absolute highest level of disrespect,'” DNC deputy communications director Sabrina Singh said in a statement. “Instead, the RNC and Ronna McDaniel have helped fund the campaign of an alleged child molester, blindly supported the GOP’s attacks on women’s health, supported a [resident who has been accused of sexual misconduct by over a dozen women – and now they remain silent amid sexual assault allegations involving Steve Wynn, one of their party’s most senior officials.”
On Saturday, McDaniel said in a statement that she “accepted Steve Wynn’s resignation” as RNC finance chair, but did not make mention of his donations or the allegations made against him.