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. Fairfax Patriot

    Glad the RNC could find some small business to assist.

    March 29, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    The moral right at it's best.

    Maybe the right should try honesty it is easier then lying.

    March 29, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. walleye

    If this is the party of good Christian values, I am glad to be a Liberal. They should all ask themselves (or maybe ask S. Palin) WWJD – What Would Jesus Do

    March 29, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. Doug in Harrisburg

    The "party" of wholesome "family values"–'Ya just gotta love this stuff!

    March 29, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. RCasson

    Ah, the party of "moral Christians" strikes again I see???

    March 29, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. FreeThought

    OMG! who cares, expenses out the wazhoo can get spent at other entertainment venues, but when the word nude gets used, people frea out. what the hell happened to the seperation of church and state. Also, It was problably good thinking if it was a P.R expense. People want to have a good time.

    March 29, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. Jeff H.

    So much for "family values..."

    March 29, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. Mavis

    FILTHY, CLASSLESS, HYPOTHETICAL LIARS – That sums up the GOP in a nutshell.

    March 29, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. Eric

    Not too worried about this. I'm much more concerned with the hate stoking and fear mongering coming out of the RNC

    March 29, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. Helen

    No Health Care tbut can take donors money for fun. You Republicans are pathetic.

    March 29, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. Diyego

    LOL! 2k in "meals" at a nightclub and they preach about being fiscally conservative.

    March 29, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. Andrew

    I will NEVER-EVER vote Republican again. They have really dimminshed themselves every since Obama took office. I can no longer sit here and support their lack of an agenda. They are full of games and lies.

    March 29, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. rosslaw

    The RNC will likely hire the same investigator that OJ hired to find the real killers and who is now working on investigating child molestation for the Pope. I'm not holding my breath.

    March 29, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. Moderate

    Oh come on Michael, you know this goes on and you haven't stopped it yet. You and your nut job RNC get the money out of scaring people and then party down with it.

    Do you really think you could do a good job governing again. It looks like you haven't learned your lesson yet!

    March 29, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. Ken in NC

    WOW Those Republicans really know how to spend a donors money.

    March 29, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. mw

    What! I gues it is ok to spend $2000.00 in one night for watching naked dancers, but it is not ok to spend $2000.00 a year to help uninsured American. What is the new GOP slogan?: "all spending is a wasteful spending except the one we spend".

    March 29, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  17. cjr

    got to love Michael Steele – he and Sarah provide hours of entertainment. Keep them around – It is the destruction of the republican party – now funded by Fox.!

    March 29, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  18. Lucretia

    This isn't news. Everybody knows that Republicans, especially powerful Republicans, love the dirtiest, nastiest sex they can watch, and then go to church on Sunday with the wife and kids. It doesn't make sense, but it is often true.

    March 29, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  19. Michael

    Talk to the "useful idiots" about your so-called "family values" all you want, but money doesn't talk , it swears. How much do you think they spent at square dances and quilting bees'?
    just wondering,

    March 29, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  20. Michael

    $2000 for one night on the town?
    Good thing Republicans are fiscally conservative. Imagine how much of their donors' money they could have spent if they had really cut loose.
    This is the party that thinks we cannot afford health insurance for all Americans!

    March 29, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. BL

    Cool, let the ReNoblicans spend their time in places like that rather than throwing bricks

    March 29, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. JonDie

    I'm sure they'll want to know how this got leaked so they can stop future leaks.

    March 29, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  23. Syphon Filter

    Michael Steele. Sell Out!!!

    March 29, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  24. Georgia Democrat

    somebody is messing around with the funds........

    March 29, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  25. Josh

    Shame on the party of no. They will pay in November.

    March 29, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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