March 30th, 2010
02:23 PM ET
4 years ago

Fired RNC staffer was director of young donor program

Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele is dealing with yet another controvery.
Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele is dealing with yet another controvery.

Washington (CNN) - The Republican National Committee staffer fired Monday for getting the committee to finance for an outing at a risqué Hollywood nightclub was Young Eagles director Allison Meyers, CNN has learned from multiple GOP sources.

Several young donors attended Voyeur, the Los Angeles nightclub at the center of the latest RNC controversy, after a Young Eagles event in February. Erik Brown, a GOP consultant from Orange County who picked up the tab, was able to have the nearly $2,000 charge reimbursed by the committee in February.

As director of the Young Eagles program since early 2009, Meyers was tasked with cultivating younger Republican donors in their 30s and 40s.

She was dismissed from her position on Monday after news of the outing became the latest in a series of headaches for the RNC and its chairman, Michael Steele.

Meyers did not respond to an e-mail and phone call seeking comment. RNC spokesman Doug Heye would not comment when asked about Meyers.

RNC Chief of Staff Ken McKay e-mailed committee members on Monday announcing the firing but did not name Meyers.

"That person was aware that this activity was not eligible for reimbursement and had been previously counseled on this very subject," McKay wrote. "Accordingly, that staff person has been terminated."


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  1. Formerly Depressed Democrat

    More like the "Spread Eagles"

    I love those good old republican values, the prime one being hypocrisy.

    March 30, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. Tom, St Paul

    I wonder how the good, clean living people of the Republican Party like it that their donations were used to fund sex show outings for future donors?

    March 30, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. Carlos former Republican....

    I am sure Michael Steele ran all this by Rush Limbaugh, hence he not be t
    aken to the wood shed by Rush again!!!

    March 30, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. Susan

    Poor staffer ... it should have been Steele who wax axed! When are the republicans going to say "enough is enough"? The party of the so-called "family values" is a joke!

    March 30, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. Hitler Jungen

    A TRUE inspiration to the conservative youth of Amerika ... NOT!

    GAG!

    March 30, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. Ken in NC

    So this is how they bring young Republicans into the fold now.

    March 30, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. 1GregM

    Get it together Steele. Lead follow or get the h@ll out of the way. It should be apparent to the most dull and dimwitted person entrusted with your position to have at all times, the need to contain every aspect of what is viewed by the public as your statements about who and what you are. Or does this trangression actually make that statement?

    You might want to think about starting to rally the base pretty soon since the elections in November are beginning to sneak up. Either that, or we need another representative.

    March 30, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. frank in valparaiso indiana

    That tells you a lot about the donors. that they'd even go there. Forget the RNC member who went there after somebody said it wasn't a bright idea.

    so is there how we get all the perverts in office? We going to have some sort of sex scandal like the Vatican in the GOP now????

    March 30, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  9. Alan

    Steele has got to go! He's a failure as a leader period. But then so are the Republicans in Congress!

    March 30, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  10. ej in Tacoma

    The RNC needs a new spokes person Michael Steele is too controversial! He needs to go!!
    ej in tacoma

    March 30, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  11. Justin

    That is too funny!! I saw "Young Eagles" and thought 18 to 25... but then again for the RNC 30 to 40 IS young!!!

    March 30, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  12. Bubba

    Gawd knows I'm no GOP fan, but this is outrageous. If you work for an org that lives and dies by public opinion, you try not to stir up controversies. Fired with actual fire is my guess.

    March 30, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. DOBBS RETURNS

    Are you sure Meyers wasn't a Democrat plant, Steele? Sounds fishy
    to me.

    March 30, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. Lori in St Pete

    Was she REALLY fired, or was she just relocated to somewhere else in that corrupt organization?

    March 30, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. Hap

    See, they eat their young when the going gets tough. What a bunch of cowards these people are. Now the bubble head from Alaska is supporting vets for congress, but only repulican vets, all three of them. Like somehow a republican vet is better than a Democratic one. Wake up real republicans, stop drinking the Kool-Aid, take back your once proud party from the creeps who've hijacked it since 2000.

    March 30, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  16. Robert

    Firing the person sounds good, but it should have been done when they found out about it in February. They let it go all this time and only dealt with it when it became public knowledge. Not the way to handle things, RNC. That is the part that makes the organization look bad, not the individual who attended Voyeur. In any case, add this to the very long list of reasons why the GOP have no right to claim to be the party of family values. Not that the Dems are either, but really? Family values? Who believes that anymore?

    March 30, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  17. indypendent

    Yesterday it was reported this was a non-staffer of the RNC. Now today is reported as a staffer. It does not really matter because either way this type of behavior should never be paid for by a family values touting Party of God – should it?

    March 30, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  18. Gerry

    More hypocrisy from the family values party. But it is nice to seethe young donors have a wild side.

    March 30, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. Michael

    I think RNC should keep Michael Steele as their Chairman at least until the Elections. I think he is really good for the Democrats. Keep up the good work Steele.

    March 30, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. Randy, San Francisco

    Lighten up! We aren't living in the Victorian Age with strict and old fashion conducts of behavior.

    March 30, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  21. Tim

    LMAO!!! Steele will be gone way before Pelosi!! How's that fire thing working for ya!!!

    March 30, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  22. L for Legend

    They are going to bring down the steele man, watch it. Maybe he'll unite with the (p)tee bags.

    March 30, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  23. Antonio

    In November we are going to fire no just one but all of GOP KKK. Out of office.

    March 30, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  24. Ryan

    I despise Republicans and revel in their misfortune. But on this one, seriously, who cares?

    March 30, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  25. Jeff - Sarasota, FL

    "That person was aware that this activity was not eligible for reimbursement and had been previously counseled on this very subject," McKay wrote. "Accordingly, that staff person has been terminated."

    "Erik Brown, a GOP consultant from Orange County who picked up the tab, was able to have the nearly $2,000 charge reimbursed by the committee in February."

    So how come Erik Brown doesn't get fired too... Makes no sense she gets fired for taking them there, but HE is the one that paid and got the money back from the GOP fund...

    No wonder the GOP is so messed up...

    March 30, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
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