March 29th, 2010
01:49 PM ET
13 years ago

RNC 'investigating' money spent at racy nightclub

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="A Republican National Committee spokesman told CNN that RNC Chairman Michael Steele considers the money spent at a West Hollywood nightclub a misuse of party money."]Washington (CNN) - The Republican National Committee is examining a nearly $2,000 expense at a racy West Hollywood nightclub where scantily-clad female dancers are reputed to mimic sex acts on stage.

"We are investigating the expenditure in question," a spokesman for the RNC said Monday.

The $1,946.25 expenditure from February 4 is listed under "Meals" on the RNC's latest financial disclosure report filed with the Federal Election Commission.

The money was spent at Voyeur, a hip nightclub on Santa Monica Boulevard sometimes visited by starlets like Lindsay Lohan and Heidi Montag.

Club-goers posting on Yelp, the user-generated review Web site, describe the venue as having "voyeurism cages with men and women" and a "dark velvety feel with masked naked models." One user claimed to witness "two girls simulating oral sex in a glass case."

The surprising expenditure was first noted Monday by The Daily Caller in a story about the committee's spending habits.

Though the story suggested that RNC Chairman Michael Steele himself spent the money at the club, a committee spokesman said that was not the case and made clear that Steele considers the expenditure a misuse of party money.

"This was a reimbursement made to a non-committee staffer," the RNC spokesman told CNN when asked about the nightclub. "The Chairman was never at the location in question, he had no knowledge of the expenditure, nor does he find the use of committee funds at such a location at all acceptable."

UPDATE: The Republican consultant who charged the RNC for the club visit has been identified.

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soundoff (156 Responses)
  1. CR

    Michael Steele is the gift that keeps on giving. He's got to be a Democrat plant.

    March 29, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |

    Wow, here's a real shocker, the family values party spending $2,000.00 at a strip club. Is anybody really surprised by the party of hypocrites?

    March 29, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. C from middle GA

    Seems the RNC didn't learn from the Sarah clothes scandal. If the donors didn't like paying for silk boxers for the hubby, who would think they'd like to pay for either sex taking them off?

    March 29, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. Dan

    Haha, yeah, I'm sure there are tons of good Christian GOP boys who are going to investigate the heck out that nightclub. No doubt it'll be a thorough investigation. I might even go so far as to call it an up-close, hands-on investigation.

    March 29, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  5. jbakaregit

    Well their donors shouldn't be surprised. After all, the RNC said in their own fundraiser mailer a couple of weeks back what they really thought of the people who support and/or donate to them.

    The joke is on them.

    March 29, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. Rodney - Compton

    I have been grossly misinformed about the nature of "Christian Family Values". I have reconsidered... and now want to be a Republican.

    March 29, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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