RNC’s Chairman, Michael Steele, spent $2,000 at sexually themed nightclub with topless dancers

Monday, April 5, 2010

Finance documents show that the Republican National Committee spent nearly $2,000 last month at "a bondage-themed nightclub featuring topless women dancers imitating lesbian sex."

That is one of the many incredible expenditures reported by The Daily Caller, a conservative Web site. The Daily Caller's piece outlines the high-spending ways of RNC Chairman Michael Steele. Steele, the former lieutenant governor of Maryland, has spent much of his first year as RNC chief fending off controversy — and the latest Federal Elections Commission filings on the group's expenditures are sure to send him back into damage-control mode. According to The Daily Caller, two sources say he floated the possibility of the RNC buying him a private jet. He also spent tens of thousands of dollars at luxury hotels in Washington, Hawaii, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles, and the RNC spent $17,000 on chartered flights and $12,000 on limousines in February alone, according to the FEC reports.

Steele declined to comment to The Daily Caller, which noted that his defenders say such spending is necessary to lure wealthy donors.

The Washington Post's Greg Sargent reports that the RNC is denying that Steele spent the nearly $2,000 at the sexually themed nightclub. Implicitly acknowledging that the report was correct that RNC funds were spent at the nightclub, a spokesman adamantly denies that Steele was involved in any way, saying it was "a reimbursement made to a noncommittal staffer." The RNC says it is investigating.

MSNBC host and former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough has called for Michael Steele to leave the RNC, tweeting: "Michael Steele should resign or be fired."

— Andrew Golis is the editor of the Yahoo! News blog.

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