#MeToo isn’t just a political issue for Claire McCaskill. Weeks after Harvey Weinstein was exposed for his sexual deviancy last October, the Senate Democrat shared her story of sexual harassment. McCaskill told how, as a young state lawmaker, the speaker of the Missouri State House told her she would need to trade sexual favors for legislative help.
Four months after sharing her story on "Meet the Press," McCaskill would accept campaign contributions from one of the men responsible for enabling Weinstein for decades. She cashed two checks worth $5,400, according to FEC disclosures. The contributions come from Bryan Lourd, a partner of CAA and a man the New York Times listed as part of “Weinstein’s Complicity Machine.”
The New York Times reported that Lourd tried to arrange a meeting for Weinstein with Ronan Farrow to convince the New Yorker reporter not to move forward with the story. Actress Rose McGowan went further, accusing the CAA talent agency as acting as Weinstein’s “pimps.”
None of this is new. Accusations that Lourd was complicit were filed in the New York Times in December and McGowan blasted his business in January. None of this stopped McCaskill from taking the money. According to the FEC, receipts are dated February 14, 2018 — Valentine’s Day, how romantic.
The McCaskill campaign has not returned numerous phone calls and emails. They wouldn’t answer whether or not the senator knew the Lourd backstory and they wouldn’t answer whether or not the senator will return the money. One thing is clear, however, McCaskill likes that Hollywood cash.
The Hollywood Reporter noted that the embattled red-state senator profited from “Hollywood’s largesse.” She raked in $627,051 from entertainers, and she needs the money.
Polling shows McCaskill neck in neck with her Republican challenger, state Attorney General Josh Hawley. On average, she leads him by less than half a point. While desperate times call for desperate measures, taking money from a Weinstein enabler is too far.