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1988

RNC spent almost $2,000 at bondage-themed strip club

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WASHINGTON — Under fire from both right and left, the Republican National Committee is investigating how and why it spent nearly $2,000 for "meals" at a bondage-themed strip club in West Hollywood featuring topless dancers simulating lesbian sex.

The party confirmed Monday that it reimbursed a California consultant for $1,946 spent at Voyeur, a high-end bar/lounge that's described on one Web site as "classic slutty" where "you might not be completely shocked at the almost naked women writhing on each other, but you will undoubtedly be in awe."

"It was obviously improper for more than one reason," said party spokesman Doug Heye . "It was not a sanctioned RNC activity. It was improper because of the venue."

He said the party will get its money back from Erik Brown , the president of Orange County -based Dynamic Marketing Inc. , who submitted the bill for reimbursement.

Brown, who couldn't be reached for comment, has worked for Republicans including California gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner . His firm also maintains an office in Washington .

Brown socialized in the past with Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele , once messaging via his Twitter account that he was "enjoying the football game with RNC Chairman Michael Steele . (Eagles vs. Redskins at FedEx Field )."

RNC aides said that Steele was not present at the strip club.

"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," Heye said in a statement.

Democrats pounced on the report, first revealed by the Web site DailyCaller.com, eagerly distributing media accounts of the brouhaha round the country.

Conservatives questioned it as well, led by the group Concerned Women of America.

"Did they really agree to reimburse nearly $2,000 for a bondage-themed night club?" asked the group's chief executive, Penny Nance . "Why would a staffer believe that this is acceptable, and has this kind of thing been approved in the past?"

The strip club costs were among several travel expenses that were listed in the RNC's most recent report to the Federal Election Commission and that suggested a high-flying lifestyle for party officials.

Among February expenses reported to the FEC: $17,514 for private jets; $12,691 on limos; $19,016.63 at the W hotel in downtown Washington ; $9,099 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in California ; and $6,596 at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire nearby.

The Daily Caller also reported that Steele discussed having the party buy a private jet, or a share of a private jet, for his personal use.

Steele has been the subject of complaints in the past about spending the party's money. Soon after he won the chairmanship in a contested election, the committee passed a resolution requiring that any contract for more than $1,000 be subjected to competitive bidding and that checks be signed by at least two officers of the party.

The March 20 report to the FEC showed that the Republican National Committee had $9.5 million in cash on hand.

The Democratic National Committee had $425,000 in cash.

 

http://news.yahoo.com/s/mcclatchy/20100329/pl_mcclatchy/3464206

 

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/03/29/rnc-asks-member-return-reimbursed-bondage-club-visit/

 

If anyone cared.

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Interesting the Fox reporting on it is so different from Yahoo.

On the Fox side its all about damage control, "its being taken care of" vibe (sweeping it under the rug quick) repaid by an independent party ... not the RNC $$ now!!

 

Yahoo was a bit more "this was the deal ...."

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so the democratic party spends the last 8 months ignoring the national recession, inflating failing businesses, and renovating the health care system at a totally inappropriate time to the tune of billions of dollars and the thread here is about some michael steele whippin bitches for a night?

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