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RNC Chair: Steve Wynn Quits Finance Post

RNC Chair: Steve Wynn Quits Finance Post
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By    |   Saturday, 27 January 2018 02:41 PM

Las Vegas casino magnate Steve Wynn is stepping down as Finance Chairman of the Republican National Committee, chair Ronna McDaniel said Saturday after a report by The Wall Street Journal disclosing sexual-assault allegations over several decades.

"Today, I accepted Steve Wynn’s resignation as Republican National Committee finance chair," McDaniel told Politico.

She discussed the Wynn situation with President Donald Trump earlier Saturday, "according to a person with knowledge of the conversation," Politico reports.

Trump, who named Wynn to the position, returned from the World Economic Forum in Davos on Friday.

The Journal reported Friday that Wynn, 76, the founder of Wynn Resorts Ltd., paid $7.5 million to settle claims brought by a former manicurist at his resort who said he pressured her to have sex with him.

The report also contained numerous other allegations of harassment and coercion by other women over many years.

Wynn denied the allegations, saying in a statement Friday that they were "the continued work of my ex-wife Elaine Wynn, with whom I am involved in a terrible and nasty lawsuit in which she is seeking a revised divorce settlement.

"The idea that I ever assaulted any woman is preposterous," Wynn continued.

"We find ourselves in a world where people can make allegations, regardless of the truth, and a person is left with the choice of weathering insulting publicity or engaging in multi-year lawsuits."

Last weekend, Wynn co-hosted a celebration marking President Trump's first inaugural anniversary at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, but the president remained in Washington because of the federal government shutdown.

Wynn also served as a vice chairman of the president's inaugural committee.

Since 2012, the casino magnate has donated more than $2.5 million to the Republican Governors Association — and Wynn has been a major contributor to several state gubernatorial campaigns, according to campaign finance records disclosed by Politico.

He also has donated $411,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee over the past five years, $248,000 to the RNC and $100,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee, according to the data.

Wynn contributed $729,217 to President Trump's inauguration and has made large donations to Republican Sens. Dean Heller of Nevada and John McCain of Arizona.

He also donated to former Nevada GOP Rep. Joe Heck.

Other Republicans who have received contributions from Wynn include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky — along with Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Orrin Hatch of Utah, Marco Rubio of Florida and Tim Scott of South Carolina.

In addition, Wynn has contributed to Democrats, including more than $31,000 to Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, who retired last year after more than three decades in Congress.

He has also made donations to former Vice President Joe Biden and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Wynn has been friends with other top Democrats, including former New York Rep. Charlie Rangel, who represented Harlem for decades before also stepping down last year.

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Las Vegas casino magnate Steve Wynn is stepping down as Finance Chairman of the Republican National Committee, according to two reports Saturday.Politico cited "three Republicans familiar with the decision" in its report, while CNN's Jeff Zeleny disclosed that "two...
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