August 4th, 2010
11:22 AM ET
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RNC tries to stop damaging leaks

RNC Chairman Michael Steele's tenure at the committee can be described as rocky at best. It has been marred by embarrassing personal missteps, questions about his fundraising ability and poor decisions by staffers.
RNC Chairman Michael Steele's tenure at the committee can be described as rocky at best. It has been marred by embarrassing personal missteps, questions about his fundraising ability and poor decisions by staffers.

Kansas City, Missouri (CNN) - An influential group of GOP officials called on the Republican National Committee Wednesday to open an investigation into the leaking of internal documents and sensitive information to the media - a major source of distraction for the party in this critical election year.

In one of their first orders of business at the opening of the RNC's Summer Meeting taking place here in Kansas City, Republican state party chairs approved a resolution urging the RNC executive committee to launch an investigation into the leaks.

"It is a unanimous move to strike against the repeated and consistent leaking in regards to committee finances," said a committee source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the vote occurred in a private meeting.

RNC Chairman Michael Steele's tenure at the committee can be described as rocky at best. It has been marred by embarrassing personal missteps, questions about his fundraising ability and poor decisions by staffers. But Republicans have won some major races in the past 18 months including the governorships of New Jersey and Virginia as well as the Massachusetts Senate seat held by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy.

While a scandal involving a risqué Hollywood nightclub made major headlines earlier this year, it is concern about Steele's lack of focus on committee finances that has caused the most heartburn for RNC members and GOP strategists heading into the midterm elections.

In recent weeks, RNC Treasurer Randy Pullen specifically has questioned the reporting of the RNC's debt in memos distributed to fellow committee members – information which was then reported in the media.

Another GOP source in the room of party chairs Wednesday said that Steele addressed the gathering and decried what he called the leaking of "proprietary financial information" to the media.

"It's unfortunate that this is being played out in the press," said the source, who also spoke on the condition of anonymity. "The press that is not on our side."

In addition to meetings to discuss political strategy for the 2010 midterm elections and other party business, the RNC will formally announce that Tampa has been chosen as the host city for 2012 Republican National Convention.


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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. doug

    There is a slimmy lib within the ranks of the gop. Just like the DEMOCRATS WHO YELL AND HOLD UP RACIST SIGNS AT THE TEA PARTY MEETINGS.

    Look into the persons eyes, he can see the evil and hate in the eyes of each and every lib.

    August 4, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. The Other Dale

    Which leak is deemed by the Republicans to be more important to investigate – Thousands documents that could undermine our war efforts or minor financial details of their own party?

    Once again Republicans put their own agenda in front of national concerns.

    August 4, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    BWAAAAH, BOO HOO HOOO! Who is leaking this stuff?

    August 4, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. hypocricnnation

    The RNC Can't Stop Leaks With All The Corks Or Stoppers In The World. When You're As Arrogant As Most Republicans Are, You Only Choose To Bragg About It!

    August 4, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. Brian

    Maybe if their internal communications were more about solutions for America and less about fear, intimidation, hate and swindling the American public, they wouldn't have to worry about leaking it.

    August 4, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. sammieb51

    This information should be leaked to the press - it speaks to the heart of the basic issue with the GOP - fiscal irresponsibility and hypocracy.

    August 4, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. Jim

    Yeah, Michael, why don't you spend more time covering up your filth and lies, instead of sending snarky, childish birthday cards to the president.

    August 4, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    They must be worried about hiding a bunch of 'damning' information concerning compaign finance info. Like who, when, where, how much and why. My question is, if the GOP is all nothing but goodness, integrety, honesty, ethics, character and for the ordinary American People, then why hide it? Sounds to me that the GOP is exhibiting some paranoid behaviours. Thats my opinion, for what its worth.

    August 4, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. open an investigation into the leaking of internal documents and sensitive information to the media

    Its Rove!!!!

    he is defecting to the dems

    you heard it hear first

    August 4, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. GL

    Steele is a black token failure. He is a gift that keeps giving to the Dems.

    August 4, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. JoeC

    Why are they so paranoid? Transparency only hurts those with something to hide.

    August 4, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  12. Former Republican - Now Independent

    Petrhaps the RNC should contact BP for help in stopping the leaks.

    Although if it takes the usual three months, that might be too late as that would be right around election time!

    August 4, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  13. Ramon

    These people are idiots

    August 4, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. rdepontb

    I must have missed something: Are we still in America, the "for the people, by the people" land of independence? Are we not supposed to know what our major political parties are up to?

    How can anyone be accused of "leaking" information that by law is supposed to be in the public domain? It is not classified against threats from America's enemies, is it? Better not be-that would be breaking the law.

    It might well be that Mr. Steele has to go, but do not make it about "finding the leakers" of making available what we all have a right to know. How has our Party come to this??

    August 4, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  15. DENNA

    So what the RNC is trying to do is to pretend that they are pure and perfect, but they can't portray that if the darned truth keeps leaking out. Darn! Haahaaa!

    August 4, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  16. Crazy Harry

    What about the continual leaks of sewage that come out of the mouths of members of the republican party. We may need to designate the Republican Party as a Super Fund site.

    August 4, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  17. Donald

    We got alot of strip clubs in tampa. i reccomend mons venus lol.

    August 4, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  18. Sally

    "The press that is not on our side." Huh? So this source is in agreement with Sharron Angle that the press should only ask what the RNC wants asked, and only report what the RNC wants said? That isn't a free press, that's communism. The true press does not have a 'side,' they report the facts. I realize that that is becoming a lost skill in America, but we have to fight for the truth, not the 'facts' as told by the RNC.

    August 4, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  19. dale

    If you have nothing to hide, why would you care?

    August 4, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. Robert J

    EXTRA ! EXTRA ! Soemthing the Republicans can agree on besides NO! Could this be a venture into reality or is it just a mirage? Probabaly will be the last thing they agree on before they become defunct!

    August 4, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  21. a health economist

    "It is a unanimous move to strike against the repeated and consistent leaking in regards to committee finances,"

    So the GOP is against brining to light the unethical and fiscally irresponsible use of committee funds? Say it ain't so!

    August 4, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  22. Gary

    Dems = hope
    GOP = no hope, but we got strip clubs!

    August 4, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  23. BobH

    Here's a crazy idea: Instead of working to prevent leaks, how about taking a shot at preventing crazy, drunken night club sprees at strip joints?

    Just a thought...

    August 4, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. Michael

    Republicans want to run their party the way they ran this country, in secrecy. The secretive you are the more suspicious you become.

    August 4, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. Dano

    So rather than focusing on stopping the questionable spending, the GOP is more concerned about stopping the information from being leaked to the press.

    August 4, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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