The right wing will not be happy when they hear this, because they’re busy whitewashing the Jeffrey Epstein matter by claiming what a big Democratic donor and BFF to key Democrats he was. Wednesday Chuck Schumer announced that he was contributing an amount of money equal to what Epstein contributed to his campaign back in the day, to groups that are dedicated to protecting victims of sexual abuse. The Hill:
“While these campaign accounts closed about 20 years ago, and even then the campaign never controlled the two political action committees (PACs), Sen. Schumer is donating an equal sum to anti-sex trafficking and anti-violence against women groups,” Schumer spokesperson Justin Goodman said in a statement to The Hill
The donations will go to Safe Horizon, Sanctuary For Families, Crime Victims Treatment Center and John Jay College Foundation
BuzzFeed News was the first to report the donations.
Federal Election Commission filings compiled by OpenSecrets.org show that Schumer received seven $1,000 donations from Epstein between 1992 and 1997 through several PACs supporting his run for Senate.
Epstein was a prominent campaign donor to both parties, giving money to politicians like former President Clinton, former Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) and former Sen. Alfonse D’Amato (R-N.Y.).
It will be interesting to see how much money Epstein actually gave to Clinton and Kerry, but if the amount is anything like he gave to Schumer, he’s a mini-donor. $1K is chump change to a high roller like Epstein. He spends more than that on a lunch, not like the yous and mes who have to work a week or more to get that kind of cash. The wingnuts are going to have to find another strategy to drag the Democrats through the mud, looks like this one has been shut down.