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Daines, Gianforte react to Wynn donations and RNC resignation

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WASHINGTON, DC - Steve Wynn has resigned from his position as finance chairman for the Republican National Committee amid controversy over sexual misconduct allegations.

"Effective today I am resigning as Finance Chairman of the RNC," Wynn said in the statement Saturday. "The unbelievable success we have achieved must continue. The work we are doing to make America a better place is too important to be impaired by this distraction. I thank the President for the opportunity to serve and wish him continued success."

Just this election cycle, Wynn has given $100,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee. He has also contributed thousands of dollars to the campaigns of Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, retiring Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona (who was running for re-election at the time of Wynn's donations), and special election victors Reps. Greg Gianforte of Montana and Karen Handel of Georgia.

Federal Election Commission records show Wynn and his wife donated $5,400 ($2,700 each) to Gianforte May 25, the day of the special election and a day after Gianforte assaulted a reporter.

Meanwhile, Senator Steve Daines received a $10,400 donation ($2,600 in both the primary and general election) from the Wynn's in his 2014 senate race.

A spokesman for Gianforte said in a statement to MTN; "Greg believes the allegations, if true, are reprehensible. The campaign will donate the $2,700 received to charity.”

A spokesman for Daines echoed the sentiment; "The allegations are disturbing, and we need to get the facts."

Wynn also made contributions to Democrats in the past, including former Montana Senator Max Baucus.

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