How Harvey Weinstein became one of the most powerful figures in Democratic politics before his career was rocked by a sexual harassment scandal

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How Harvey Weinstein became one of the most powerful figures in Democratic politics before his career was rocked by a sexual harassment scandal

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Harvey Weinstein is a highly influential donor for the Democratic Party, and has been active in party politics since the 1990s. Here he is with then Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. Frank Lautenberg, and Sen. Chuck Schumer in October 2006

Harvey Weinstein, the film producer and co-founder of Miramax Films and the Weinstein Company, has long been known for behaving inappropriate towards women within Hollywood circles.

Yet until a New York Times report detailed nearly three decades' worth of sexual harassment allegations against him from women in Hollywood, he was able to retain his job and the vast influence he has in Democratic Party politics.

Already known as the "most powerful man in Hollywood," Weinstein has personally donated over $750,000 to Democratic politicians and organizations since 1991, and has became one of the largest fundraisers for the Democratic Party in Hollywood. Here's a chronology of how he acquired his political empire:

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