Republican Governors Association to Return $100000 in Donations From Steve Wynn Firm

Kristen Gonzales
January 31, 2018

Thompson also said the RGA would no longer accept or solicit funds from Wynn or Wynn Resorts unless the allegations are proven false, but the organization said it could not return any of the $2.5 million received from Wynn Resorts over the past 18 years because the money already had been spent in past election cycles. Trump skipped the event, staying in Washington as a partial government shutdown unfolded.

Macau, a former Portuguese colony near Hong Kong, is the world's most lucrative casino market and the main source of profits for Wynn and other foreign gambling companies.

Wynn resigned as the Republican National Committee's finance chairman Saturday after allegations of sexual misconduct were published Friday in The Wall Street Journal.

Wynn assets are "best in class", but the uncertainty surrounding the harassment allegations and the potential for local regulatory review may push investors away from Wynn Macau and toward rivals Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd. and Sands China Ltd., Union Gaming analyst Grant Govertsen wrote in a note yesterday. Everett City Councilor Michael McLaughlin weighed in on the situation Sunday night as well, saying in a statement that the allegations were "deeply concerning" to him both as a city councilor and also because he was a vocal supporter of the Wynn Everett project.

Candidate Jay Gonzalez, in a statement, said "Steve Wynn can not be allowed to run a casino in MA". The NHDP also said the NHGOP should return $29,000 it received from the RNC in 2017, when the casino mogul chaired the national party's finance committee.

A spokesman for Our American Revival said it will donate the money to an organization that supports victims of sexual harassment and assault.

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Steve Wynn attends the Forbes 100th Anniversary Gala at Pier Sixty on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, in NY. Gaming revenues in the city dwarf those of Las Vegas. He later built two glass towers adorned with his signature at the north end of Las Vegas Boulevard.

The fallout to Wynn's business interests continued Monday. In his book "Trump: The Art of the Deal", Trump said, "Wynn is very slick and smooth, but he's also a very unusual guy".

Some Republicans in Congress - including Nevada's Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.), Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Patrick J. Toomey (Pa.), have benefited from his cash. Wynn has denied the accusations.

Just as Republicans called on Democrats to return money from Weinstein, Democrats were now calling on Republicans to get rid of money from. Wynn is the chairman and CEO of the Macau unit. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) but first faces a primary against Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.).

"They must return this tainted money immediately", Berman said of the state Republican party. "To do that, the Ohio Republican Party has donated the amount we've received from Mr. Wynn since 2004 to an Ohio charity working to combat human trafficking".

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