24 May ICYMI: Young Kim is Bankrolled by Alleged Sexual Predator
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ICYMI: Young Kim is Bankrolled by Alleged Sexual Predator
HACIENDA HEIGHTS, CA – Today the Los Angeles Times published an article detailing how Congresswoman Young Kim accepted money from an alleged sexual predator, Steve Wynn, in the first quarter of 2021. This news breaks just as her Democratic challenger, Lt. Commander Jay Chen, announced that he outraised Young Kim in terms of individual donations in this DCCC battleground race.
Vulnerable to this challenge, Rep. Kim has not commented on her choice to accept campaign cash from disgraced billionaire Steve Wynn despite an established history of Republicans rejecting Wynn’s money following the sexual misconduct scandal.
THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
By SEEMA MEHTA, MALOY MOORE
California Republicans take donations from casino mogul despite sexual misconduct scandal
When billionaire casino mogul and top GOP donor Steve Wynn was accused of a decades-long pattern of sexual misconduct in the midst of the #MeToo movement, elected officials across the country quickly distanced themselves from him.
The news broke in January 2018, and some Republicans immediately called on their colleagues to return donations from Wynn, who was accused of pressuring employees to perform sex acts.
Sen. Susan Collins told CNN, “I don’t even think it’s a close call to return the money.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham also chimed in: “We should do of ourselves what we ask of the Democratic Party. So I don’t think we should have a double standard for ourselves.”
Within months, Wynn started to donate again, and by 2020, he was once again a major GOP donor, giving millions of dollars to conservative super PACs, President Trump’s reelection campaign, candidates and state Republican parties across the nation.
This year, Winn gave more than three-quarters of a million dollars to a joint fundraising committee aimed at helping Republicans retake control of the U.S. House of Representatives, and that group gave donations to dozens of incumbents across the country, including nearly every member of California’s Republican delegation to Congress.
The California Republicans who received these donations are Reps. Devin Nunes of Tulare, Darrell Issa of Bonsall, Doug LaMalfa of Richvale, Tom McClintock of Elk Grove, Michelle Steel of Seal Beach, Valadao, Garcia and McCarthy. Rep. Young Kim of La Habra also received a donation from Take Back the House 2022 on March 31, but her FEC filing does not identify the donor.
Three years ago, a Wall Street Journal investigation found that Wynn had engaged in sexual misconduct for decades. Among the cases cited was one by a casino hotel manicurist who claimed Wynn forced her to have sex with him and who received a $7.5-million settlement, the Journal reported.