March 31st, 2010
08:35 PM ET
13 years ago

Conservative leader tells donors to stop giving to RNC

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council has asked followers to refrain from donating to the RNC."](CNN) - The head of an influential social conservative organization urged supporters Wednesday to stop donating to the Republican National Committee and instead contribute to its own coffers or to candidates with like-minded goals.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, made the plea in his "Washington Update" column posted on the organization's Web site following the revelation that the RNC paid for a night out at a risqué Hollywood nightclub.

"I've hinted at this before, but now I am saying it - don't give money to the RNC," Perkins wrote in his column. "If you want to put money into the political process, and I encourage you to do so, give directly to candidates who you know reflect your values. Better yet, become a member of FRC Action and learn about the benefits it offers, including participating in the FRC Action PAC which can support candidates who will advance faith, family and freedom!"

Perkins is the latest social conservative leader to openly criticize RNC Chairman Michael Steele for allowing the controversial expenditure to happen under his watch. Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pennsylvania, and Penny Nance, the head of Conservative Women for America, both publicly questioned Steele's leadership after the nightclub story mushroomed into a major headache for the RNC.

"If the RNC wants to represent conservatives and the Republican Party, then they have to act like conservatives - in a moral, fiscal and ethical manner," Nance said. "When RNC officials seem to think it wise to spend a grandmother's monthly donation on wooing the younger generation by taking them to a bondage-themed sex club instead of helping to elect a conservative, a real problem exists."

The RNC has emphasized that Steele was not at the club, nor did he approve of the expense. The staffer who did has since been fired.

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soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. Barbara

    Methinks when one uses the small "c" conservative label there is no doubt that the speaker is really talking "Tea Party" I sincerely hope they don't believe that they're fooling anyone. Wait a minute – it's probably a good idea that they channel donations to that group of illogical thinkers..........You go, PRESIDENT Obama!!!!

    March 31, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  2. RTB

    Ho Hum.
    Don't be so hard on Chairman Steele, he was just doing what the Republican Machine does-partying on other peoples money.

    I am hopeful however that Chairman Steele can instruct others in the nuances of speaking in that hip, 'boys from the hood' dialect that he so adeptly uses from time to time.

    It is so boyish and dumb.

    March 31, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  3. frank in valparaiso indiana

    First they ate their young, now the circular firing squad. RIP GOP.

    March 31, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  4. mrkusn

    The RNC is imploding. I am glad Tony Perkins has drawn a line on this one.

    March 31, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    All Americans support faith, family and freedom and unfortunately Tony Perkins is talking divide and not something that is biblically correct. Sounds like Tony Perkins is no more than fraud and really is saying support me and hate those who don't. Get lost Tony Perkins, you're a self rigtheous fraud.

    March 31, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  6. marc in california

    Wow! Without donations from the neanderthals who will the GOP suck up to now?

    March 31, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  7. Perusing-through


    Michael Steele is the "gift-that-keeps-giving" for Independents & Democrats who prefer not to see the current crop of Republicans in leadership roles in the House and Senate.

    But when Tony Perkins and the FRC take a position against one of "its own", than the game is up.

    March 31, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  8. T'SAH from Virginia

    Wow – this is a BFD.... a RepubliCAN'T saying not do donate to the RNC??? This is pointing directly to STEELE and instead of the RepubliCAN'Ts having the balls to get rid of him – they are directing their funds somewhere else... The Repubs have NO LEADER!!

    March 31, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  9. Eli

    wow what sorry excuse for a story, the guy got fired which was the right closed!

    March 31, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  10. Mickey, NY

    Uh-oh! The Republicans have finally pissed off the Conservatives!

    What now! LOL

    March 31, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  11. tjaman

    That's fine, but we've seen so much actually worse immoral behavior from the so-called moral leadership wing of the Republicans and their weird C-Street cult, so ... as far as this Democrat is concerned, the FRC is right in the middle of the mix they're trying so hard to distance themselves from. Good luck, fellas.

    March 31, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  12. Charlie in Maine

    That's right give to the Tea Party.

    March 31, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  13. ED FL

    It seems that Santorum's top personal aide when he was a senator had a lifestyle that would fit right in with the current RNC chairmans penchant for wild parties of questionable seems that Santorum has different ideas depending on whoever happens to be closest to him at a specific time.The Los Angeles escapades has different view points depending on whos OX is GORED. Typical GOP POLITICIAN.

    March 31, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  14. markus

    whaaaat? Are there cracks in the Unholy Alliance (Between Religious Fundamentalism and the Republican Party)????

    GOOD. This is where Republicans REALLY lost their way. There's a reason the Founding Fathers drew a defining line between church and state.

    March 31, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  15. Stephen in Bedford, TX

    OK, I won't. I'm going to order Biden's "BFD" shirt instead.

    March 31, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  16. rfk

    Here is a thought for Mr. Perkins, just tell your followers to stop donating and voting all together and just pray instead. Here is the prayer for you: “Oh Lord, please take our country back to the 16th century. Let’s stop all these evil ‘progressives’ (as in progress) that want to make the country better for everyone and not just white land owning protestant men. “

    March 31, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  17. Michael from Ventura

    This guy is laughable............STILL! Will all these conservatives and their high moral and family values not have a hard time looking at themselves in the mirror as long as they continue to tell people to vote republican? I attend a church where many of the Christian Right and Pro Lifers attend. The Pastor (who is a personal friend) vents his anti-Obama sentiments on a regular basis much to my chagrin. Can't wait to ask him about this latest snafu by the gop Leadership!

    March 31, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  18. Sgt. Flagg T. McLiberty, Superpatriot

    There is no cohesion left in American conservatism. The social conservatives want one thing, the billionaire mega capitalists want another, , and no one knows exactly what the TEA partiers want.

    Putting the GOP in control of government would be a grave mistake, as it has been since the Nixon days.

    March 31, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  19. R.B.

    God doesn't need your money. Least of for for politics! It's all a sham. RNC. FRC. Whatever. Don't be fooled.

    March 31, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  20. martraco

    "If you want to put money into the political process, and I encourage you to do so, give directly to candidates who you know reflect your values. Better yet, become a member of FRC Action and learn about the benefits it offers..."

    Yeah, better yet, give _me_your money, and the hell with candidates who reflect your values.

    And they eat it up.

    March 31, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  21. They've got some used snake oil to sell

    Let's see, don't give the money to the RNC, give it to the republicans in disguise instead. I'm sure Karl Rove – the "Wizard of Oz" to the Dorothy of the republican party – is smiling proudly over this.

    March 31, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  22. ProfBill

    Woo...woo... woo....yes...yes...yes....STARVE THE BEAST (GOP)....excellent idea.....this has MY complete is the ONLY good idea this group of idiots (FRC) has ever come up with!

    March 31, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  23. scotty

    Yes the RNC is way far to left for the FRC. The RNC is hypocritical acting one way and expounding another . I personally am watching to see who is going to win the puritanical suppression award trophy and who will get the "booby" prize.

    March 31, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  24. Save 'em in the womb, so a "christian" holy war can send 'em to the tomb

    This will definitely get rid of the token at the RNC.

    Put a "christian" zealot group in charge of the funds, God told Perkins to sit in a tower until all you cons contributed.

    March 31, 2010 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  25. LoveThyNeighbor

    Wait,...wait...wait for it comes..........................BAM
    Division within the ranks! Who woulda thunk it would come to this!
    What a boon for the Democrats.
    They were not the downfall of Relics'!
    The Relics' are going to be THEIR OWN downfall!

    March 31, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
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