Republicans spent $1,946 at topless club

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 6:03 AM
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WASHINGTON  - The Republican National Committee spent $1,946 last month at a sex-themed Hollywood club that features topless dancers and bondage outfits. Now the GOP wants its money back.

Listed in a monthly financial report, the amount is itemized as expenses for meals at Voyeur West Hollywood.

RNC spokesman Doug Heye said Monday the committee doesn't know the details of how the money was spent, all who may have attended or the nature of the outing, except to say it was an unauthorized event and that the expenditure was inappropriate.

The RNC will be reimbursed by Erik Brown of Orange, Calif., the donor-vendor who billed the committee for the club visit, Heye said.

Brown did not respond to an e-mail and phone message seeking comment. The transaction was first reported by the Daily Caller.

Since November, the RNC has paid Brown's company, Dynamic Marketing Inc., about $19,000 for printing and direct-mail services, campaign spending reports show. He has contributed several thousand dollars to the party.

The most recent financial disclosure report said the RNC spent more than $17,000 for private planes in February and nearly $13,000 for car services. Heye said such services are used only when needed.

The $1,946 for meals at Voyeur West Hollywood was the most eye-catching item in the monthly report. RNC Chairman Michael Steele, whose spending decisions have angered some donors in this midterm election year, had nothing to do with the nightclub expenditure, Heye said.

The conservative group Concerned Women for America said the RNC should disclose more about the episode.

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

Much of the most lavish spending by the major political parties is associated with fundraisers, which often target wealthy people.

The RNC spent $144,549 for rooms at the Four Seasons Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyo., in 2009. On March 19, 2009, it spent $31,980 for catering by the Breakers Palm Beach in Florida.

The RNC paid $18,361 over the past several months to the "Tiny Jewel Box" in Washington for "office supplies," which may have included trinkets or gifts for big donors. It spent $13,622 at Dylan's Candy Bar in New York City.

Some Republican officials and donors have complained about Steele's spending decisions, saying the party should devote every available dollar to trying to win House and Senate races this fall. He held this year's four-day winter meeting at a beachfront hotel in Hawaii, although it often takes place in Washington.

Some donors grumbled when Steele spent more than $18,000 to redecorate his office. Steele, a former Maryland lieutenant governor, also has received substantial fees for making speeches, even though the RNC pays him a full-time salary.

Steele's supporters say he has brought a refreshing frankness and energy to the party's leadership.

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sdrwtcn
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sdrwtcn 03/30/10 - 06:31 am
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Ooh Noo, not the

Ooh Noo, not the Republicans, didn't even know they liked girls!

Martinez
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Martinez 03/30/10 - 06:37 am
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So the real story is, they

So the real story is, they were trying to save those girls from their own immorality.

Notreally
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Notreally 03/30/10 - 06:55 am
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Maybe it was a Democratic

Maybe it was a Democratic operative posing as a Republican just so he can make the news and give unwanted publicity on the republican party. BETCHA... you know like the ones who attended the tea party and hurled racial slurs, the PLANTED ones by democratic operatives. Steele already looks like a clown. They can't wait until November to get rid of him LOL.

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 03/30/10 - 06:59 am
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Nooooo! Not the GOP! They

Nooooo! Not the GOP! They have never, ever wasted our money! It must be a lie!

dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/30/10 - 07:07 am
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So? The whole article adds up

So? The whole article adds up to what....maybe a little over $250K of private money? Sounds like a lot less than one trip for our wide glide first lady out with the kids to Europe or New York to eat lobster and ice cream traveling in government airplanes and with a full secret service contigent. Is it really front page stuff that somewhere in the entire Republican party there might be somebody that goes to a strip club? At least these guys were paying these ladies for the view with private money instead of drugging and raping them like the Kennedy clan. But of course the Kennedys got a "pass". I'd trust a Republican who openly spent $1900 in a strip club before I would trust a Democrat president who, in a back room, agreed to appoint a Congressman's relative to be a federal judge to buy his vote for healthcare. Now you tell me, which should be a front page story? Do I get angry at some Republican spending $1900 in a strip club or do I get angry at president who is a sleezy scumbag backroom briber? Or maybe at a first lady who spends a few hundred thousand of taxpayer money flying to Europe to eat lobster and ice cream (which, if you look at her from the backside, she really did not need) and do a little shopping. It's $1900 folks. The prez and his posse just put you about $19 trillion in debt and patted you on the head like a 3 year old and told you "it's for your own good". What a bunch of easily distracted idiots we are. They put you trillions of dollars in debt and take your freedom away while eating lobster and ice cream on your dime and manage to stir up a buzz about some Republican spending $1900 in a strip club. Oh the horrors. A Republican in a strip club. I guess the world really is coming to an end. Pass the lobster and ice cream please while we talk about making me a federal judge.

Farfromhome
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Farfromhome 03/30/10 - 07:19 am
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Wow that was one long rant

Wow that was one long rant there. The point of the article seems to lean toward if Republicans are going to be petty then they should be beyond reproach. By petty I do not mean the backroom deals for healthcare etc. so don't get your undergarments in a bunch. Let's also not forget that the previous administration was wasteful and that Republicans do things in backrooms as well.

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wizzardx1 03/30/10 - 07:31 am
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Two men in a boat(1dem and

Two men in a boat(1dem and 1repub)YOU shot a hole in the bottom.NO,YOU shot a hole in the bottom.You did!No you did!.....bubble.... bubble ....bubble.

Notreally
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Notreally 03/30/10 - 07:34 am
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dichotomy you seem jealous

dichotomy you seem jealous LOL, your daily bitterness for Obama RADIATES. *grabs my sun glasses* LOL. Have you gotten your online (private personal email) one line poll question asking if you hate Obama? Have you answered it and forward it to polling central?

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 03/30/10 - 07:39 am
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sadam hussein-obama hussein

sadam hussein-obama hussein NOT much difference

Farfromhome
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Farfromhome 03/30/10 - 07:59 am
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Huge difference: Sadam

Huge difference:

Sadam Hussein- initial support from a Republican headed United States government (Reagan and Bush) to create/maintain change in Iraq (which is not in the U.S. if anyone was wondering).

President Obama- strong opposition from the Republican party in an effort to maintain the status quo in the United States.

That's one big, glaring difference. If you disagree with policy you should stick to what it would/will not do for the American people, not petty schoolyard insults.

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 03/30/10 - 08:03 am
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LOL... Republican's night out
Unpublished

LOL... Republican's night out at a bondage strip club... priceless... Wonder if Palin was dancing? Maybe Linblahblahblah was there...

disssman
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disssman 03/30/10 - 08:04 am
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Dicotomy. They were paying

Dicotomy. They were paying for the view with private funds contributed by little old ladies who are demanding their money back. I dare say it would take a lot for a CON to upset you wouldn't it. Almost any immoral thing they do gets a pass by you.

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justthefacts 03/30/10 - 08:04 am
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Wish I could have been there.

Wish I could have been there. Sounds likes like they had a good time.

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WClark40 03/30/10 - 08:15 am
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The Democrats just put a gun

The Democrats just put a gun called the IRS into the face of the American People and I'm supposed to care about this. Only in the Democrats wildest dreams! See you all next election! Not much else to talk about. Oh yes 2012 is already circled.

isaidit
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isaidit 03/30/10 - 08:19 am
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OK First Lady (and 1st kids),

OK First Lady (and 1st kids), listen up....just because you have money budgeted does not mean you should spend it without approval of the destination (and menu!) from Dichotomy. Until further notice, you may go to your local (within walking distance to reduce your rear spread) park and if you want lobster and ice cream, learn to fish and churn like the rest of us common folk. How dare you live above D's means!

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isaidit 03/30/10 - 08:23 am
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Now, back to the Repubs at

Now, back to the Repubs at the strip club. OK D??!!

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gaspringwater 03/30/10 - 08:30 am
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This must be a Democratic

This must be a Democratic trick. After all, these folks have Family Values!

Ayetidiosi
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Ayetidiosi 03/30/10 - 08:32 am
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Much ado about nothing. As

Much ado about nothing. As long as the sheeple are reading this, they aren't reading about the "doc fix" or any of the wonderful points Dichotomy listed above.

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Dudeness 03/30/10 - 08:33 am
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So people who aren't the

So people who aren't the least bit upset about trillions are complaining about thousands now?

Fundamental_Arminian
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Fundamental_Arminian 03/30/10 - 08:40 am
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Not too long ago, news

Not too long ago, news surfaced that group insurance for the RNC's employees included abortion coverage. Now we learn of RNC funds going to a topless club. So how long will it take us to recognize that the GOP is no more trustworthy than the Democratic Party? Why should anyone think anything less than a strong third party can possibly turn our nation around?

cparker
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cparker 03/30/10 - 08:42 am
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The postings get aweful slow

The postings get aweful slow when the buzz is about Conservative hypocrisy. It is amazing how Conservatives are perfect saints during daylight and the true freak in them comes out at night. They feel comfortable preaching morality to everyone else except themselves. Conservatives are the worst hypocrits ever. They try to sleep with young pages in the Capitol building & cover it up during the mid term election, get caught trying to have homosexual sex in a public bathroom with an undercover cop & vote for against same sex marriage, they get DUI's after wild nights of partying & blame mysterious people for causing them to run into light poles, and now this. Conservatives go from one lie to another lie, to a bigger lie, to a white lie, to just simply we are closet liars. Morality has nothing to do with race, gender, address, or political affiliation. I am sick & tired of Conservatives thinking if we are not white Christians we are not true Christians when they are the ones that continue to make every Christian ashamed. I am fairly sure the anti-Christ is a southern white Christian Conservative that feels justified in killing the whole world as long as they vote for every Conservative hypocrit that runs for office. This isn't the end of their public shame for every Christian. Conservatives are the world's best hypocrits, even when the are sitting in church all day long being preached to that Obama is the anti-Christ.... Their political insanity has brought evilness right into the church and Conservatives don't seem to really care.

Ayetidiosi
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Ayetidiosi 03/30/10 - 08:52 am
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Theory: Washington DC isn't

Theory: Washington DC isn't the problem, the American People are the problem.

Facts:
"Nations shed God, Take Up Entitlements" ~15 comments
"The Truth Is Coming Out On Health Care"~ 14
"Right-wingers Hide Behind Patriotism"~ 12
"Republicans Spent $1946 @ Topless Club"- 21 comments with a bullet.

Summary: The "train wreck mentality", built and fostered with love by our entertainment and media industries, is firmly cemented in the American mind. Those with power use this mentality to deflect, mislead, and achieve objectives. You also see it used by those who cannot explain opinions or justify alleged fact.

Obama is a "train wreck mentality" POTUS. The problem is the voters of America, not Washington DC.

isaidit
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isaidit 03/30/10 - 09:01 am
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We've discussed and fought

We've discussed and fought and pointed fingers, etc; etc; about that "done" issue Dude. How much longer would you like to continue down that road? Can we break away for a day? Seems to me if you only focus on one affair, you miss the others going on around you......speaking of "current" affairs......how bout the Repubs at the (Bondage themed) strip club. Do you think they were focusing on health care..... or, as you say, "the least bit upset about trillions"??!! I BET THEY WEREN'T! What do you think your Dudeness?? (smile)

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Ayetidiosi 03/30/10 - 09:01 am
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The 11 House Democrats led by

The 11 House Democrats led by Rep. Bart Stupak who dropped their opposition to health care reform legislation mere hours before the final vote have requested $3.4 billion in earmarks -- and one watchdog group wants to know whether the money represents business as usual or political payoffs.

The Sunlight Foundation says it plans to track the earmark requests, which were put in one day after health care reform cleared Congress, to see whether they're approved and whether it appears lawmakers are being rewarded for their vote.

Here are the earmark amounts requested by the 11 House Democrats in the 2011 bill:

Rep. Jerry Costello of Illinois.: $1,418.7 million ($256.4 million in 2010)

Rep. Solomon Ortiz of Texas: $618 million

Stupak of Michigan: $578.9 million

Rep. Steve Driehaus of Ohio: $332.2 million

Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio: $294 million

Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper of Pennsylvania: $236.8 million ($54 million in 2010)

Rep. James Oberstar of Minnesota.: $207 million
Rep. Brad Ellsworth of Indiana.: $115.4 million ($82.3 million in 2010)

Rep. Charles Wilson of Ohio: $84 million ($62.3 million in 2010)

Rep. Paul Kanjorski of Pennsylvania.: $67.1 million

Rep. Joseph Donnelly of Indiana: $19.8 million ($11.65 million in 2010)

The Sunlight Foundation also says it is going to look at Republican earmarks. House Republicans say they are not requesting any earmarks for the next fiscal year, but Allison said the Sunlight Foundation will watch GOP senators to see if they appear to be putting in earmark requests for their House colleagues.

But let's yell and scream hypocrite about $1,946, shall we?

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InChristLove 03/30/10 - 09:03 am
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cparker - you posted "I am

cparker - you posted "I am sick & tired of Conservatives thinking if we are not white Christians we are not true Christians" Where in the sam-hill did you come up with this???? No where in this article does it even speak of Christians and as far as I know, no one has made the statement that if you aren't a "white" Christian then you aren't a true Chrisitan. Color of your skin makes no difference to God. Get a hold of yourself and keep to the subject.

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ripjones 03/30/10 - 09:07 am
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cparker - Repubs are not

cparker - Repubs are not saints. I've never said that they are, nor has anyone else that I am aware of. George W Bush was not perfect, but he also didn't diddle an intern and lie about it either. Lest us not forget Teddy's drunk driving @ the bridge. We unfortunately had to say bye to Newt. Neither party is perfect, but Repubs tend to shine the light more - even it the light beams hit one of our own. I'm sure that somewhere the Dems have spent $1946 @ some titty-bar. Why was this news?

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justus4 03/30/10 - 09:09 am
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This is just another attack
Unpublished

This is just another attack on Steele, who is a minority and wasn't even aware of the spending. But that's not what is important. What's important is that this story will provide evidence of a pattern that Steele is reckless with the (R)s money. (he was elected under charges that he wasted $$ as Lt. Gov) So when he gets fired, the storyline will be that he spending priorities are all wrong. A brilliant trick that any minority must fully understand, if there're successful. In fact, Steele had NOTHING to do with approving such expenses, but will be held accountable. Notice that any minority boss is ALWAYS held accountable for anything done under his command, but others always have excuses. So expect the stern warnings from GOP leaders, but they are already picking a new Chairman.

Notreally
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Notreally 03/30/10 - 09:09 am
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A democratic operative did

A democratic operative did this to make news.

Notreally
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Notreally 03/30/10 - 09:13 am
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Steele will never hold

Steele will never hold another major post in the republican party, to where he will be in the national spot light. So he's enjoying his run now.

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SnidleyWhiplash 03/30/10 - 09:15 am
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That. Is. AWESOME. The

That. Is. AWESOME.
The Republican party shoots itself in the foot, time and time again. Soon it will be relegated to the dustbin of history. Good riddance says I!

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