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. Michael

    I forgot to add: GOP stands for Family Values and Responsible Spending!


    anyone with me?

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

    Well, well, well...I guess that two can play this game.

    March 29, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. Crazy Cat Lady

    Just another day in the life for the family values party.

    March 29, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Clearly it was an Obama-ite posing as a GOP'r attempting to sully the GOP's good name. Its so obvious.

    March 29, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. kayaker247

    surprise! the republican party, leaders and followers are a bunch of hypocrites.

    March 29, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. Peggy - TX

    Even though I have Zero Respect for the now dying Republican party, and even less for its token leader Mr. Steel, one really wrong false expenditure by one non-committee member does not taint the whole lot. This is simply non-news.

    I am sure Fox will ignore this. Can you imaging the hours Fox would spend on discussing this if it was the other party. Beck would be drawing diagrams showing how this is the tip of a vast conspiracy by President Obama to change American as we know it.

    As much as I disliked and distrusted the Republican Party of old. I sure miss them. The protracted process of this Party dying before our eyes sure is terribly painful to watch.

    March 29, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  7. Steve

    Im sure there a wholl lot of this behavior going on and time is gonna their bust. Lying dont help and im also sure there are lots more using tax payin dollars cause no one ever audited their spending and using their positions to abuse money as such

    March 29, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. Adam

    If this expenditure is "not at all acceptable" then who approved it?

    March 29, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. Dwight

    I have one question, how can the party of family values continue using that mantra?

    March 29, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. Mike in RED State Kansas

    I just love the holy roley right. They are such moral leaders. Only they know the true path to The Way, The Truth, and The Light.

    Is anyone really surpised by this?

    I know we Dems are not, we do not share your dillusions of Moral Superioriy.

    And I know the Republicans aren't, they think man's guidelines of morality don't apply to them. After all they are God like.

    How else could they dibby up the funds that Clinton set aside for Social Security that would have kept it solvent well into this century. Now we are faced with Social Security taking in less than is paid out for the first time in this SOCIALIST PROGRAM'S existance.

    They are the ones that give tax breaks to American Corporations that manufacture their goods in third world countries and pay the Republican politicians to try and blame unemployment on the Democrats.

    I could go on and on but they will never get it.

    REPENT SINNERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 29, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. David

    More hypocrisy from the party of family values. They spent nearly 2,000 for meals? Wow. It must have been some meal.

    March 29, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. cspurgeon

    Family Values. What a laugh! UGH

    March 29, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  13. Independent_me

    Why is it that the Republican Party always seem to end up in some unsavory sex situation when they are the Party of family morals?

    I think that they should not have used family values and religion as a strategy because "there is non righteous, no not one". It makes a huge difference when they are caught in infidelities because they have set themselves uo for failure. They cannot live up the the standards that they have set for themselves.

    Democrats, on the other hand, have no expectations to be "holier-than-thou because they never claimed to be the Party of Moral Values, Family Values and God. God must be laughing at these Republicans! Serve them right!

    March 29, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. woodwoman

    Those family-values donors/voters won't like this, neither will the fiscal conservatives! Couldn't have happened to a nicer bunch!

    March 29, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. JoeVnt

    Yet another example of "do as I say, not as I do" from the party of purity...hypocrites!

    March 29, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. Dan J

    Busted again and again and again and still some think this part is the Answer to fix everything they still have not learn anything from the bush years i guess some people are just followers not matter how clear it is they are on the run path just to stubborn to admit there wrong

    March 29, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. dover

    More family values and responsible government spending from the predictable right.

    March 29, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. Michael Levine

    Why is this unacceptable?

    March 29, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. lovable liberal

    Do as I say, not as I do!

    The Republicans should make that their permanent slogan.

    Yeah, I know, they'll just say no to that too.

    March 29, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. Marco

    Can anyone tell me why I am not surprised???

    March 29, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. heartland

    It was just part of GOP research to show why health care reform and financial reform are unnecessary.

    March 29, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  22. Barney's Escorts

    ...and Barney Frank ran a male escort service out of his DC condo! Put that out there CNN.

    March 29, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  23. CitizenJP

    It seems like cleaning up dirt is becoming a full time job for the RNC Chairman Steele. Can he please have a breather so that he can plot againt the dems?

    March 29, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  24. Tony Curtis

    Wow, is it my imagination or do republicans always seem to get caught in sex scandals. It is odd that so many members of the party that touts "family mvalues" seem to enjoy doing things that are not family frinedly. It seems like the Democrats, the party that touts it working class mantra has members that get caught up in scandals that involve fattening their pockets......

    March 29, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. Kevin B

    I am not surprised at this story, The same people who would lecture us about morality would be the first to get their freak on............... and I would bet Mr Steele was who spent the money,

    Stand by for the rest of the story.

    March 29, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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