Facing Years Of Allegations, Casino Mogul Steve Wynn Resigns From RNC

30 January, 2018, 01:47 | Author: Sheri Evans
  • Charles Krupa  AP

Former White House and Republican National Committee spokesman Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerTrump admitted he was wrong over inauguration crowd size fight: book The Hill's 12:30 Report The Trump Presidency: Year One MORE is calling on the RNC to return donations from Steve Wynn, its former finance chairman accused of sexual misconduct - but only those from the past year.

The septuagenarian billionaire casino mogul, a business rival to President Trump but also a donor to "The Donald's" political campaigns, has donated US$2.4mln to Republican causes over the past five years and more than US$1.2mln to the RNC this century, ABC News reported.

Following the publication of Wall Street Journal's report, Mr. Wynn stepped down from his post at the Republican National Committee, although he called the allegations against him "preposterous". "I think the right thing to do for the Republican Party is to have the higher moral ground and say we're going to return the money". "The unbelievable success we have achieved must continue". That year, Wynn also contributed $167,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Wynn has been a major contributor to the Republican Governors Association, which Gov. Scott Walker headed previous year.

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Wynn Resorts is denying multiple allegations of sexual harassment and assault by its founder Steve Wynn, describing it as a smear campaign related to divorce proceedings from his ex-wife.

RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel informed members Saturday she had accepted Wynn's resignation.

In the Journal report published online Friday, a manicurist at the Wynn Las Vegas said back in 2005, Wynn "forced her to have sex" with him.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission also announced following the allegations a review into Wynn Resorts to determine whether Wynn's alleged behavior violates his company's gaming license.

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After allegations against entertainment executive Harvey Weinstein surfaced previous year, McDaniel and other GOP leaders quickly called on Democrats to return his donations.

A spokesman for the party said it will donate the $10,000 to "organizations that help victims of sexual harassment and abuse".

During the fall, RNC officials, including McDaniel, noted that Weinstein had been a top donor for Democrats, including 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Devon Spurgeon, a spokeswoman for Elaine Wynn, declined to comment on the allegations in the article or Steve Wynn's allegations responding to the article. Wynn Resorts has campaigned hard and invested heavily to develop its $2.4 billion casino resort in the state.

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Warren said Wynn should lose his operational control and ownership interest in Wynn Resorts, and MA should not go forward with the casino while Wynn remains at its helm.

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