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Two Republican senators say party should return Wynn donations

Some Republicans are saying donations from Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn should be returned, in light of sexual harassment allegations against him. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Two Republican senators are urging their party to return contributions from Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn, the Associated Press reported. Their comments came shortly after female casino employees raised sexual misconduct allegations against Wynn in a news report.

report by the Wall Street Journal on Friday said dozens of female casino employees allege that Wynn regularly intimidating them into performing sex acts. In one case, Wynn reportedly paid a $7.5 million settlement to a manicurist who alleges he forced her into having sex with him in 2005.

Wynn, 76, has called the allegations "preposterous."

What did the senators say?

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday told ABC’s “This Week” that the money should be returned if the allegations are found to have merit.

“We should do ourselves what we ask of the Democratic party,” Graham said. “I don’t think we should have a double standard for ourselves."

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) told CNN’s “State of the Union” that Republicans should return recent donations from Wynn if the money was not already spent.

Republicans called on Democrats to return donations from Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein after allegations of sexual misconduct and assault were raised against him last fall. The Weinstein debacle led to a wave of other sexual misconduct allegations against prominent men in media, politics and entertainment. Wynn is the first CEO and found of a major publicly-held company to publicly face such allegations.

Wynn, who has an estimated net worth of $3.5 billion, has contributed more than $600,000 to President Donald Trump, according to published reports. Trump had hand-picked Wynn to serve as finance chairman of the Republican National Committee. Wynn resigned from that role on Saturday.

What donations has Wynn made?

Wynn's political contributions are far-reaching. Federal Election Commission records retrieved by Business Insider show that over the past four decades Wynn made the following donations:

• More than $761,000 to the NRSC (National Republican Senate Committee)

• Roughly $450,000 to the RNC (Republican National Committee)

• Rore than $106,000 to the NRCC (National Republican Congressional Committee)

• $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

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