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A review of expenses paid by the Republican National Committee (RNC) under the leadership of free spending, controversial chairman Micheal Steele shows a political committee out of control, wasting donor funds on luxury hotels, private jets and even nights-out at a bondage club in Hollywood.
The RNC covered $2,000 in expenses for an evening at Voyeur, a West Hollywood bondage-themed club with topless strippers and waitresses, following a committee-sponsored “Young Eagles” event in the city.
The tab for the evening was originally paid by Erik Brown, a Steele confidant and Southern California donor and marketing firm owner who has received more than $160,000 in “fees” from the RNC. The RNC later reimbursed Brown for the bill at the bondage club.
That payment, along with other lavish spending and abuses during Steele’s tenure as RNC chairman, brought a sharp rebuke from Douglas McKinnon, former press secretary to Senate Republican Majority Leader Robert Dole. McKinning told The Huffington Post:
No matter which side of the aisle you find yourself, if you are giving a political party your hard-earned money, you should have no doubts that it is going to be spent as advertised and not to provide a spoiled, egocentric, out-of-touch chairman with frivolous luxuries which are out of reach of the vast majority of the American people. Michael Steele needs to resign and let the RNC vote in a man or woman who understands that his or her needs do not come before the needs of the nation or the party.
Steele kept his job. The RNC, instead, fired a lower-level staffer who was present for the evening.