Washington (CNN) – California Senate candidate Chuck DeVore has "severed all ties" with Erik Brown, the political consultant who billed the Republican National Committee nearly $2,000 for a visit to a risque Los Angeles nightclub in February.
Monday's revelation of the expenditure forced the RNC and its chairman, Michael Steele, to launch an investigation into why the RNC financed a night out at the trendy West Hollywood nightclub, where scantily clad dancers can be seen mimicking sex acts on stage.
An RNC spokesman called the spending unacceptable and said Brown will be returning the money to the committee.
CNN reported Monday that Brown had also done consulting work for Republicans including DeVore and state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, who is seeking the Republican nomination for governor in California.
DeVore spokesman Joshua Trevino described the campaign's relationship with Brown's firm, Dynamic Marketing, Inc., as "brief and straightforward."
"We had them print some campaign letterhead, trifold signs, and stickers," Trevino said in a statement. "That engagement ended some weeks ago when we contracted with a different printer, and will not resume.
"This is a non-story in itself, but as Chuck DeVore is being noted in some media outlets as a Brown client, it's important to provide proper context for the relationship, and to publicly state that there is no present relationship with DMI," Trevino added.