March 29th, 2010
07:02 PM ET
13 years ago

GOP candidate breaks with consultant linked to RNC story

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="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."]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.

Filed under: 2010 • California • Chuck DeVore • Michael Steele • RNC
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. repubs like donutholes

    He racked up these charges in February, was reimbursed by the GOP and only now that they've been outed publicly do people start distancing themselves from this fine patriotic American.

    March 29, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  2. EBC

    Oh NOW he wants to break all ties? This is so typical of GOP candidates.

    If Mr. Brown didn't get caught with his dirty hands, these low-life Republicans would still be in kahoots him. Let's not fool ourselves here.

    What a bunch of con-artists running a sham.

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

    Trevino said "This is a non-story...." If it were a Democrat, to the GOP it would be a HUGH STORY!

    March 29, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  4. frank in valparaiso indiana

    Guess lust isn't one of the sins taught at his conservative church. Wonder what his wife is going to say about him???

    guess he's going to be on the couch for a while. At least its not cold in Orange County, could be a long exile.....

    March 29, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  5. Jacq

    He was there to,admit it!

    March 29, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  6. T'SAH from Virginia

    Didn't Sarah Palin ENDORSE this guy – DeVore?????? LOL

    "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 who's firm was only hired to print ""...some campaign letterhead, trifold signs, and stickers..."????? Brown sounds like a 'scapegoat' to me!!!!

    March 29, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  7. Mickey, NY

    Chuck DeVore, your political career is over before it started.

    GOP: Domestic Terrorists

    March 29, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  8. jay in denver

    GOP, what can Brown do for you?

    March 29, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  9. timz

    Is DeVore firing Brown because Brown took him to Voyeur or because Brown didn't invite him?

    March 29, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  10. RTB

    This is priceless.

    Now that the cat is out of the bag, all the little people are squeaking "not I, not I, that other one is the scoundrel".

    And to prove it to all of us, the pipsqueaks will take their marbles and go home.

    March 29, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  11. Thomas C

    You are toast Chuck.

    March 29, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  12. Keith in Austin

    Way to go CNN! Center your publicity on a GOP "consultant" and incite a liberal typhoon of rancor!

    What's the latest on John Edwards, Chris Dodd and Barney Frank these days????

    Your utter bias puts you in a class with MSNBC.

    March 29, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  13. jbakaregit

    What a week this has been:

    1. Obama and the Dems pass historic healthcare legislation that is finally holding these insurance companies accontable, helping seniors pay for their prescription drugs, etc.
    2. They also pass federal student loan reformation that gets the greedy middleman banks out of the way of already guaranteed federal loans.
    3. US & Russia are on the verge of a nuclear arms-reduction treaty that reduces our nuclear weapons by a third = billions saved

    On the flip side:
    1. McCain says, "We won't work with the Dems for the rest of the year. Waaaahhh!" Not that they did anyway, but if they are just going to sit there and waste taxpayer money they need to go home
    2. Fox Noise's Hannity has been caught in his scam of taking money meant to help veteran's children and renting private plans
    3. RNC doing the similar dance like Hannity, thereby reminding America once again that the GOP talks a good game about family values and fiscal conservatism, but practices neither (they blew Democrat Bill Clinton's budget surplus when Bush was in office and turned it into a deficit).

    Spring has revealed plenty already.

    March 29, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |