March 29th, 2010
01:49 PM ET
12 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. katiec

    Wow, non committee staffers seem to have a pretty generous expense account!!
    CNN, although you won't, it should be your obligation to report the names of all present.
    More proof of how hypocritical, phoney, dishonorable our republican politicians are, while always thumping on their Bibles.

    March 29, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. Patty

    Doesn't that just figure.

    March 29, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. ewilson

    Just get on line Mr. Steel and criticize Obama--then ask for an important donation!

    March 29, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    What's the big deal? It's supposed to be party money.

    March 29, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. payback

    ...The party of PURITY......and Family Values......Yeah right!!!!!

    March 29, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. M

    The repubs probably needed to chill out after failing to stop health care reform

    March 29, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  7. T'SAH from Virginia

    LOL – Why is it that things like this would NEVER get mentioned until a newspaper picks it up... Then, ourpour the LIES and COVERUPS!!!

    Oh the Republicans – they are NEVER racy – it must have been someone else!!!

    March 29, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. Liberal4Obama

    RNC chairman was just "spreading the wealth around", can we call him a Socialist now? lol

    March 29, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. Wisconsonite - Repeal & Replace the Republican Party!

    Yeah, the GOP sure is "the fiscally responsible" party. (rolling my eyes) And let's not forget the whole "family values" lie. What a bunch of disgusting hypocrites the GOP is!

    Repeal and Replace ALL Republicans, America!

    March 29, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. notfooledbydistractions

    Wow. Is this the new definition of "family values" for the republican party. Why not, it's got it's share of cheats and liars – Vitter, Ensign, Sanford.

    March 29, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    OK, family values Party. Let's see you blame your way out of this one. I know! Someone from Rahm Emmanuel's staff stole the card and ran up the bill to make you look bad! Just like having a wide bathroom stance, right?

    March 29, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. Dave

    While it's not at all surprising to find out that a Republican is harboring secret perversions (ya gotta watch any party that's so obsessed with "values" – it's a guarantee they're hiding something), I hope nothing comes of this. I want them to keep Steele around, because his incompetency is hilarious! Whoever they get to replace him will still probably be incompetent, but boring. Steele at least had panache!

    March 29, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. Edwin

    What a surprise...

    March 29, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. Realist

    Interesting but not a suprise that something like this would happen. I wonder who was there? Republicans and democrats are all the same. I wonder if Vitter, Esign, were *quests* at that club?

    March 29, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. Dale

    Are you sure Michael Steele that you were not there?

    March 29, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  16. TCM

    wow...$2000? That really dwarfs the $$1,000,000,000,000 that the Obama administration is racking up for us in debt.....whew...glad you caught that one, CNN

    March 29, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  17. Florida Joe

    That's the "MORAL" Repubs for ya........."Do as I tell you, I'll do as I want" is their motto

    March 29, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. Omaha

    I feel sorry for the people that donate their hard earned money to the GOP.

    How do they expect to present credible arguments against government spending when they are so wasteful.

    Rather than trying to explain this, the GOP should denounce what happened and pledge to reign in their own out of control spending habits.

    March 29, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. John

    You know, i would not normally care. But the RNC constantly screams family values, and Christian lifestyle....and then OVER AND OVER again show themselves as HYPOCRITES.

    March 29, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. Charlie in Maine

    My, my, my,

    Just how does this square with all that talk about family values. It really makes be angry that some of these are the same folks who think gays threaten "the sanctity of marriage" by wanting enter legally sanctioned unions.

    You want to know what threatens marriage? Men and women on both sides of the political divide that can't control themselves. Thanks to the likes of John Edwards and Eliot Spitzer the democrats can't call moral high-ground on this one either so lets all double or efforts to honor our vows........... do you really think gay marriage would make this worse? I for one think there will be less cheating from them since they have been wanting marriage for so long.

    March 29, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  21. frank

    Leave it to the 'family values' party!

    March 29, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  22. Marty, FL

    The Republican Party once again proves the "family values" slogan is nothing more than a fallacy to get followers to donate funding$.

    March 29, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  23. rick

    Good old family values from a bunch of 2 faced bums.

    March 29, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. freelance

    The chairman wasn't there. He was busy complaining about money being spent on health care.

    March 29, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  25. Sue

    This has proven to be FALSE---Yet CNN will report on it.

    However, where is the story about the Democratic candidate for Senator in PA--publicly accusing the White House of offering him a job if he would drop out of the Senate race in Pennsylvania???

    March 29, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
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