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RNC drops $1,946 at risque night club but says Steele wasn’t the big spender

March 29, 2010

USA-POLITICS/REPUBLICANS

Politics and money can lead to some naughty things. Take RNC Chairman Michael Steele, for example. He was forced to deny a claim that he spent megabucks at a risque West Hollywood night club last month. The only trouble is that even if he didn’t, the Republican National Committee did.

Official documents show the RNC forked over $1,946 for meals at Voyeur, a high-end nightclub in West Hollywood where guests can enjoy drinks, cucumber tea sandwiches and live female performances that will “titillate the senses while still remaining classy and tasteful.”

RNC disclosure documents on file with the Federal Election Commission include the Voyeur expense in a monthly report that also shows the committee spending $9,099 at the Beverly Hills Hotel and $6,596 at the nearby Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire.

The Daily Caller, a Web site co-founded by conservative commentator Tucker Carlson, says those giant and controversial expenditures were incurred during Steele’s travel in California. It alleges that the spending is part of the RNC chairman’s lavish style and adds that the committee also spent $17,514 on private aircraft and $12,691 on limousines during February.

The Democratic National Committee was positively giddy about the report, gleefully describing its political rival as the “Risque National Committee” in media releases.

But the RNC had some accusations (and denials) of its own, saying the Daily Caller had “willfully and erroneously” tied the Voyeur expense to Steele.  ”This was a reimbursement made to a non-committee staffer. The chairman was never at the location in question, he had no knowledge of the expenditure, nor does he find the use of committee funds at such a location at all acceptable,” said a statement attributed to RNC spokesman Doug Heye.

Meanwhile, memos that were supposed to accompany the FEC disclosure filing might have shed light on how so much money got spent at Voyeur and at those two ritzy hotels.

But spaces reserved for the explanatory notes were left blank, prompting an internal FEC search to see if any written explanations appeared elsewhere.

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Photo Credit: Reuters/Molly Riley (Michael Steele)

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Michael Steele is one of the most reliably entertaining figures in party politics.

Understanding him gets a little easier when you find out who’s coaching him:

http://bit.ly/3ppyiu

(Scroll to 0:48 for the answer)

Posted by bondwooley | Report as abusive
 

RNC communications director Doug Heye explains, “Well, it takes money to make money.”

There it is.

Posted by Fanglee | Report as abusive
 

Hmm? There was a gentleman that was put to rest just recently that had many risque encounters by the name of Kennedy.

None of these politicians are clean. Excuse me. Almost nonce of the policiticians are clean. There must be a black sheep. Possibly Ron Paul.

This is why the European laugh at us. We have religious extremists crying foul and then they go molest children in the back room.

Politicians misappropriating money? Never!

Come on. Concentrate ib the important things.

How much money has been printed? How much gold is backing it? What is the highest interest rates you’ve seen from the government?

Economic pain is coming though our Hollywood government is trying to keep reality out of site.

Could this be an example why it may be better to have people that have already amassed a fortune help run the government? Somebody that worked hard and knows how to be responsible and make hard decisions?

No. That must be crazy. You want somebody that looks good, speaks well, and has never run anything in his life represent your community. You know, the guy. We all do.

Spending $2k at a strip joint among how many people?

Wrong it may be but it really isn’t news worthy. Send it to the treasure and see what he says.

Posted by UglyTruth | Report as abusive
 

Sure it was a female strip club?
West Hollywood is a heavily gay area in LA

Posted by osito3 | Report as abusive
 

Really? Seriously? I personally don’t give a rat’s behind. I find it ironic (not really) that is a conservative. Maybe that’s why it’s news-worthy. Don’t know and don’t care.

Posted by leftcenterright | Report as abusive
 

Yep, it’s a gay/bondage club all right. But it’s tax deductible and therefore non-newsworthy because the RNC was only there doing research on their base.

Posted by HBC | Report as abusive
 

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