March 29th, 2010
06:54 PM ET
12 years ago

Conservative women's group takes on RNC over club expense

Washington (CNN) – A conservative women's group is calling out the Republican National Committee after the party paid for a nearly $2,000 visit to a racy West Hollywood nightclub.

"As women we find the very idea of officials from either party conducting business inside an establishment that objectifies and demeans women outrageous," Penny Nance, the Chief Executive Officer of Concerned Women for America, said in a written statement Monday.

"Aren't these girls young enough to be your daughters?," Nance asked. "This kind of behavior is not appropriate for national leaders that our children should be able to look up to as role models, and that our daughters could be working for. Did you really swill drinks, ogle young girls and plan party business at this kind of establishment? Please explain!"

After news broke Monday that the RNC had reimbursed political consultant Erik Brown for $1,946.25 in expenses he incurred during a February visit to Voyeur, the Los Angeles nightclub, the committee said Brown had pledged to return the money to the party.

"The committee has received a commitment that the money will be returned," an RNC spokesman told CNN.

It's not clear why the RNC re-imbursed Brown for the charges or who else was with him at the club. A spokesman for the RNC said party chairman Michael Steele was not at the club when the charges were made.

–CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby contributed to this report.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Steph

    This is one of those rare moments when I agree with a conservative women's group.

    March 29, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  2. Arielle

    Well like anything else with republicans if it's not their family or daughter it's cool...

    March 29, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  3. LacrosseMom

    How funny is this?!! Conservative ladies, please, don't think for one minute that your Conservative men are any different from regular men.

    March 29, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  4. Mary Ann in VA

    I applaud the GOP women for standing up to these men who think it's OK to talk about family values and then go to strip clubs for meetings or business meetings.

    March 29, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  5. Jim in San Mateo

    Ah, expense reports are such tell-tale things.

    March 29, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  6. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Unfortunately this is standard operating procedure for the "real" politicians and I might add...for Corporate America executives as well.

    March 29, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  7. EBC

    As they SHOULD. TRUE GOP Conservatives are being under-minded by a bunch of right-wing Tea Baggers and GOP candidates who are focused on promoting the FRINGE more than anything else.

    Bottom line, they are TIRED of the GOP forked-tongue campaigns.

    March 29, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Ladies, these are your husbands who tell you it's a political venture and you're not invited.

    March 29, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  9. Michele

    Is anyone surprised by this behavior? These guys think they have an unlimited budget, that women are for their pleasure (look at the popularity of airhead Sarah–would the RNC have given her a second glance if she were 60, 180 pounds, and had some wrinkles?) And reread the last line "party chair Michael Steele was not at the club when the charges were made." Hmm....does that mean he was at the club before the bill came? Just asking.

    March 29, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  10. TCM

    After criticizing the rnc for their $2000 splurge...maybe they should march over to the White House and scold Obama for wasting 12 trillion...I mean after all it's:

    2000 against 12,000,000,000,000

    I believe the RNC is wrong; and should follow Obama's example of adding on endless zeroes to wasteful spending! Rookies!

    March 29, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  11. carlos

    Penny Nance, why not go after the evil sinners at the C Street bordello in DC , that is a really CONServative hangout?....also check if the idiot steele was at the club, he claims he was not......hehehehe

    March 29, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  12. CBH

    I are ready for more of the same. This is the GOP at its best.

    March 29, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  13. Kajaan

    dig deeper will be amazed at what else these men pay for...,
    shame is non existant in their ethical vocablary !! they just need accountability from everyone else !!!

    March 29, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain

    No wonder Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House drives these GOP men nuts – they can't handle not dominating women!

    March 29, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  15. T'SAH from Virginia

    "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 risqué Los Angeles nightclub..."

    Consultants have access to RNC funds????? A 'Consultant’? I wonder if DeVore attended the party??? Especially a Consultant whose firm was only hired to print "...some campaign letterhead, trifold signs, and stickers..."????? Brown sounds like a 'scapegoat' to me!!!!

    "It's not clear why the RNC re-imbursed Brown for the charges or who else was with him at the club. A spokesman for the RNC said party chairman Michael Steele was not at the club when the charges were made."

    He wasn't there when the "charges" were made – he showed up LATER!!! LOL

    This seems like a 'cover-up' story... DeVore was somehow involved... Steele 'may' or 'may not' have been there when the 'charges' were made... it seems as if the story is being "CLEANED UP" quickly to protect someone. I never in the past heard of so many apologies and out lash come out after a 'sleazy' story so quickly!!! LOL

    CNN – (re-imbursed is ONE WORD…. LOL)

    March 29, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  16. A keen observer

    It is kind of funny that republican women are upset about their men getting caught at a strip club. How long does it take to realize that "family values" republican "christian" men have trouble keeping their zippers up?

    March 29, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  17. Donna

    What hypocrites. So much for family values.

    March 29, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  18. Bob

    Michael Steele needs to go!

    March 29, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |