Paul Ryan to Donate $1,000 Contribution from Group Tied to Steve Wynn

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A spokesperson for House Speaker Paul Ryan said the Wisconsin Republican would donate the $1,000 he received in 2016 from Wynn Resorts Limited Initiative for Public Policy, a group linked to now-former Republican National Committee Finance Chair Steve Wynn, to a “local charity,” the Wall Street Journal’s Kristina Peterson reported Sunday afternoon.


Maine Senator Susan Collins called on the GOP Sunday to return or donate any contributions made by Wynn Resorts, which spent $35,000—83 percent of which went to Republicans—during the 2016 election cycle. The majority of that money went to Republicans running for House seats.

The group also donated $7,000 that cycle to Nevada Republican Danny Tarkanian, who is currently challenging Dean Heller for one of the state’s U.S. Senate seats.

Ryan’s announcement comes after the Wall Street Journal published a damning investigation Friday, which alleges that Wynn, the billionaire CEO of Wynn Resorts, has sexually harassed employees and settled multi-million-dollar misconduct cases. (Wynn categorically denied assaulting any women.) The newspaper spoke to over 150 current and former employees, many of whom spoke of a toxic work environment that included “female employees hiding in the bathroom or back rooms when they learned he was on the way to the salon.”

Wynn became the RNC finance chair shortly after Donald Trump’s inauguration last year.