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Sen. Portman Donates Money From Ex-RNC Finance Chair

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
John Minchillo
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Associated Press

Sen. Rob Portman says he has donated money he received from Las Vegas billionaire Steve Wynn to charities working to stem human sex-trafficking in Ohio.

In a statement Monday to The Associated Press, Portman spokeswoman Emily Benevides says the Ohio Republican "donated the money to a number of charities across Ohio that he's worked closely with."

Wynn resigned as the Republican National Committee's finance chairman Saturday after allegations of sexual misconduct were published Friday in The Wall Street Journal. The paper reported that Wynn allegedly coerced a manicurist at the Wynn Las Vegas to have sex with him back in 2005.

The manicurist was paid a settlement of $7.5 million, the paper reported. 

Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina have urged Republicans who have received money from Wynn to return them.

Portman is among several Republicans in the Senate to receive money from Wynn, a prolific Republican donor over the past decade who has also previously backed Democrats.