Report: RNC event at “bondage-themed club” was after-party for young donors; Update: RNC issues statement

posted at 6:54 pm on March 29, 2010 by Allahpundit

RNC employees were, allegedly, in attendance but the chairman himself was not, so looks like Steele will escape this particular 40-car PR pile-up.

The O.C. connection? As the Daily Caller story in that second link shows, DMI President and Gen Next member, Erik Brown, was who picked up that tab and ended up expensing it to the RNC.

According to sources who were in attendance that night, the “official” part of the evening started with 50+ person dinner at the Beverly Hills Hotel, then carried on throughout the evening, eventually ending up at Voyeur. While RNC employees, who were in town to recruit members to its “RNC Young Eagles” program, did participate throughout the entire evening and did find their way to the bondage-themed club, Michael Steele himself was “not in attendance” for any portion of the evening. Brown, by the way, is reportedly a “Young Eagle” himself, a fundraising sub-group of the RNC which targets larger donors based on age group.

Presumably, the Daily Caller (which broke this whole story on its website earlier today) is continuing to pour through RNC disclosure documents. If so, it will likely find significant sums spent by the RNC on services rendered by DMI…

So it was related to business, and for all we know might even have netted the RNC some cash. The libertarian angel on my shoulder is telling me to shrug it off and remind people that not everyone in the party is a social con — lesbian bondage fans have rights, too! — but that’s not really the issue. The real issue, I dare say, is that if you’re going to risk a media clusterfark and the antagonism of a huge chunk of your base by conducting official business in some sort of S&M theme restaurant, use. your own. money.

Exit question: How much will this glorious chapter in the Steele chairmanship cost the RNC in lost donations? I’m afraid to even attempt an over/under.

Update: Hot off the presses from the RNC.

At the outset, Chairman Steele was not at Voyeur West Hollywood. He had no knowledge of the expenditure, nor does he find the use of committee funds at such a location acceptable. While some in the press have suggested Chairman Steele was at the venue, he was not and no proof has been offered that he was. When the expense was incurred, Chairman Steele was on United flight # 0084, returning from the RNC Winter Meeting.

Upon finding out of the expenditure this morning, Chairman Steele demanded the committee get to the bottom of this matter immediately.

The committee has taken appropriate steps to address the issues relating to the reimbursement of certain expenses. First, as reported, the expenditure in question will be recouped by the RNC. Second, appropriate personnel actions have been taken and accounting and reimbursement processes are being revised to ensure that such an action cannot reoccur. We recognize the difficulty this incident has caused and assure our members and supporters that any necessary and proper remediation is being implemented immediately.

It is unfortunate that a loyal GOP donor who has recruited other donors became involved in this incident while merely trying to help what turned out to be the improper request of a staffer who is no longer with the committee.

I’m confused. Is Erik Brown the loyal donor referred to in the last paragraph or the staffer?


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Completely off topic, but very funny Passover parody songs. If singing the Passover story to the theme of Gilligan’s Island can’t make you laugh, nothing will.

Mr. Joe on March 30, 2010 at 12:38 PM

I thought the best comment on this was that GOP ideology always sounds great, but the execution really sucks.

This story underscored the problem.

AnninCA on March 30, 2010 at 12:39 PM

I suggest a Sodom and Gomorrah Party to represent the new culture

entagor on March 30, 2010 at 11:25 AM

And it would still get more votes than a Religious Right Party.

Holger on March 30, 2010 at 12:44 PM

Well it certainly is no question what sort of young recruits they were after,… probably plenty of photos were taken for incentivizing compliance in the years to come.
We are off to a great start people, no one makes a better speaker than a contrite convert.

Observation on March 30, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Watergate was the busted attempt to expose the DNC hiring prostitutes for their national convention. That trumps attending a stupid club after hours.

But speaking of “bondage theme,” notice the Zulu “folk song” black supremacist endorsement below and dust off the old “domino affect” to realize that making racial peace was only temporary so far as the black South Africans are concerned now. According to their words, agreeing to their new national constitution was only a means to power, not to equally share but to abuse.

South Africa’s ruling party on Tuesday defended the singing of an apartheid-era song with the words “Kill the Boer” because it is popular again, and it would be “impractical and unimplementable” to admit that it is racially polarizing hate speech. So the African National Congress dismissed the regional high court ruling from last week that had censured uttering or publishing the words “Kill the Boer” as hate speech which violates the South African constitution. ANC youth wing leader Julius Malema sings the Zulu song because “black South Africans have not benefited enough from 16 years of democracy.”

maverick muse on March 30, 2010 at 4:52 PM

This stuff is done all the time by Democrats and they don’t run away from it, they use it as resume enhancement.

Sporty1946 on March 30, 2010 at 5:13 PM

This whole incident is more proof that my decision to bypass the RNC and contribute directly to true Conservative candidates directly was right!

Right now, the RNC is a “fifth wheel” organization which is adrift and cannot even articulate why it exists.

Is it Steele? Who cares!?!! Especially in this Internet age, we can find and fund the right candidates without an entity whose main job seems to be clogging the mail with duplicate and triplicate solicitation letters, funding parties, and helping the opposition by generating bad press.

I don’t seem to remember that the RNC was a significant factor in the Scott Brown victory.

landlines on March 30, 2010 at 5:29 PM

HEY, RNC…….I’m issuing a statement too.

YOU STINKAWITH!!!

http://michellemalkin.com/2010/03/29/rejected-rnc-solicitations-of-the-day/#comments

PappyD61 on March 30, 2010 at 8:05 PM

This is what I posted before-

DUDE!!!! Don’t they know how to pay in cash??? Expense it?? MOOOOORROOONS!!!!

Hey I have no problem with young men wanting to see beautiful women half dressed. That little side trip has been going on since women and men have been together. The fact the business (and the girls) make so much money proves it is a vibrant activity.

That said, I’m not sure it is the right kind of activity for future leaders of America AND if they have to go, the fact they expensed it and created a paper trail shows they aren’t very smart and maybe shouldn’t be in charge.

Idiots. I feel like channeling the German storekeeper in the movie Paint Your Wagon.. “you idiots, you nincompoops, you fools, you are going to get us all killed!”

And to save time, As for Steele… Don’t like the guy professionally. We need someone who really get that it isn’t about him, his book, his plane, his cars, his image. Yes, I know he was elected basically so the Republicans could say “Hey we have one too!” But enough is enough. Get someone in there with a hard message to everyone.

“We are at war. Book selling is not that important!”
Except for mine of course- http://www.revoltthebook.com. At least it is entertaining.

archer52 on March 30, 2010 at 8:53 PM

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