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Paul Ryan says he will donate money linked to casino mogul Steve Wynn to charity

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said he will donate money linked to Steve Wynn to charity. Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported on sexual harassment allegations spanning decades by dozens of women against Wynn. (Cheriss May/NurPhoto)

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said he will donate to charity the money he received from an organization linked to Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn, in light of recent accusations against Wynn.

In 2016, Ryan received a $1,000 donation from Wynn Resorts Limited Initiative for Public Policy. He confirmed on Sunday that he would donate the money to a local charity, The Hill reported.

What happened?

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported on sexual harassment allegations spanning decades by dozens of women against Wynn. The report alleges that the 76-year-old billionaire regularly intimidated female employees into performing sexual acts.

Wynn has called the accusations “preposterous.”

Ryan's announcement came after Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) urged their party to return contributions linked to Wynn or his organizations following The Journal's report.

“We should do ourselves what we ask of the Democratic party,” Graham said on Sunday during an interview with ABC’s “This Week.” “I don’t think we should have a double standard for ourselves.”

Many Republicans publicly called upon Democrats to return contributions given to them by disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

The RNC has not said whether it will return the funds donated by Wynn.

“If it’s ― you know, the allegations have merit, then we should return the money like we asked of the Democrats,” Graham said. “I don’t think we should have a double standard for ourselves.”

What else?

Wynn, who was handpicked by Trump to chair the RNC's finance committee, resigned his position on Saturday.

A replacement for Wynn has not yet been named.

One last thing…
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