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. James of Colorado

    So basically, the conservatives are fighting for money between each other now. The Repub's always talk about values, but in the end it's really only about the cash.

    March 31, 2010 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    The repugs continue to eat their young. At least insects do it because it's part of Nature people should know better.
    Don't give money to those who don't want the same rights for gays and lesbian but do go spend your(?) money at clubs where lesbians play with bondage techniques.
    Can these people get more pathetic?

    March 31, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  3. Bob (Illinois)

    I think you need to write a Purity Examination so that no reasonable Republicans get elected.

    Yep. That's the answer.

    Mr. Perkins, you need to get an introduction to the moderate world.

    March 31, 2010 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  4. I told you So!

    This should be a wake up call for Chairman Steele. They have discovered and accepted the fact that he cannot hold a candle to President O, and their ploy to elect him to show up President's O election did not work. So now they will throw him under the bus and he will step down like the puppet they knew he was. So sad.

    March 31, 2010 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  5. diridi

    I do not give a dime to any of these politicians, I rather donate to save the children of America, my nation....I am in India now, I think we need to stop immigration to all the south east nations, lot of jelousness, lot of animocicy, of america, lot of terrorism all over india too...hyderabad, having lot of violence...we need to stop visas to this place and immigration too...lord, bless my nation, the USA!!!Amen...

    March 31, 2010 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  6. Bill in VA

    Steele will be gone in weeks, if not days. What a bunch of hypocrites. I feel no sorrow for the RNC or anyone who supports them. And watch out! Steele is likely spill beans on the way out. And write a book. Doesn't bode well for November...

    March 31, 2010 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  7. jbakaregit

    Haha, the joke is on you. You guys should have done that when the RNC fundraiser mailer surface which insulted their supporters (can be coerced by fear, gullible) and/or the donors (ego-driven).

    Surprise, suprise - they are spending money in strip clubs, money that was acquired from their "ego driven" donors. It just goes to show why they nearly took down this country: if they can't respect their own supporters, why are we surprised when they disrespect our nation (and the world for that matter).

    March 31, 2010 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  8. Chipster

    Nice: "Don't waste your money on the RNC, waste it on me!" says the Pied Piper of the ACME Judgment Company. Next we'll be hearing about FRC escapades and their human weaknesses. Then the Harper Valley PTA will pounce on them. And the beat goes on... Is it possible to stop all the judgment, picking apart every word and action, and simply try to do the best we can to make the world a better place?

    I guess not.

    March 31, 2010 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  9. L for Legend

    He just wants to get rid of Steele(y). After that, the good ol' boys will be back in charge.

    March 31, 2010 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  10. FJM

    Get out the popcorn, the show is about to start.

    March 31, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  11. Robrob

    And the fragmentation of the once monolithic GOP continues...

    March 31, 2010 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  12. Repugnants are the US Taliban

    There is no need to go to the circus, all the clowns you could ever want to see are in the GOP (Greedy Old Pigs). Each and every day you look at the news there they are one more time, clowns acting out like spoiled little brats and are they ever funny. Why pay good money when all the entertainment you could ever wish for is given for free by this failed miserably stupid and ignorant excuse for a political party. If they aren't screwing the country they are screwing their constituents and if they aren't doing that they are screwing each other. I know they are truly sad clowns but they are truly clowns never the less and even funnier are the morons of their party who keep supporting them, these are the funniest of the clowns, just watch here what they say and do to defend this miserable excuse of a political party, have you ever seen anything funnier and sadder in your whole life? Do they even have a clue that they are the joke of the country?

    March 31, 2010 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    yes...give to the candidate...our money should be used to destroy Obama, not pay for a good time.....wait, destroying Obama IS a good time...anyway, ya know what I mean

    March 31, 2010 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  14. carlos

    IMMORALITY VALUES party......the repulsive traitors

    March 31, 2010 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  15. Proud Liberal in Boulder

    To my mind, there are so many other better and more worthy organizations to contribute to than political groups. Washington is essentially legalized–and not so legalized–BRIBERY. The Supreme Court has only further corrupted the ethical landscape of America.

    By the way CNN, don't worry about reports of your decline in ratings; the reports are greatly exaggerated–in substance certainly. You are doing a terrific job. This long-declining nation is going quite mad at the moment, and far-right FOX "news" seems to both promote and attract the mad–or so it seems to me. Their 15 minutes of fame will soon be over, let us hope.

    March 31, 2010 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  16. Donnatella

    Are the people who already donated going to get their money back, I know that didn't expect it to be paid to hookers, and Mr. Token himself private jet rides. Don't you just love those family values republicans LOL!

    March 31, 2010 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  17. nathan smith ga

    for once i agree with this guy. stop giving to the repugs

    March 31, 2010 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  18. Michael

    So begins the fragmentation of the conservative voting bloc. They will proceed to tear each other to shreds while progressives lead the nation into the future (or rather, catch up with the rest of the civilized world).

    March 31, 2010 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  19. tc

    I agree throwing money at one party or the other is the problem. We should back the Candiate. If that person does not listen, back the next guy that has your point of view. We will never be able to get rid of political parties in this country, but we can send a message by backing the candidate that speaks for us. Not the party.

    March 31, 2010 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  20. Rick

    Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, is an idiot. I'm fed up with these people trying to manipulate situations just to get facetime for themselves or further their own agendas. I'm not a big fan of Michael Steele, but apparently he didn't authorize it or even know about it. The article is clear that the staffer who is responsbiel for the expenditure has been fired. That should be the end of the story.

    March 31, 2010 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  21. Bill

    That Michael Steele was unqualified for the post and elected to the chairmanship purely for his skin color on the back of an Obama victory is not the point, nor is the fact that under his leadership, the RNC has been rendered impotent. The fact is that people (especially conservatives) need to stop giving to political and advocacy groups and start giving to the poor directly.

    March 31, 2010 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  22. Gil Oberdas

    I love it! Now they are eating their own!

    March 31, 2010 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  23. Sharon

    Since Tony Perkins is encouraging people not to give to the RNC and eliminated the Democratic Party, raises an eyebrow at his intentions. Don't give to RNC due to their parties–strippers-and think Dems are above such actions-are haven't done those things themselves-is wrong!


    March 31, 2010 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  24. Steve in Sunny Florida

    I love it! Don't give money to the RNC, they may do things that don't represent your values like spend it at sex clubs. Give money to people that represents your values. Give your money to someone me for instance!

    This guy should be a used car salesman.

    March 31, 2010 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  25. Paul H

    I somewhat agree with what he's saying, but I will go a step farther, and say stop giving to the DNC as well. Because this party absolutely has left it's original JFK Democratic party behind.
    A Democrat of the 60's, and early 70's is more center left. And middle working class America could go either way depending on the issues of the day. But today's Democrat is so far removed from the average Joe it's not even funny. The party has been hijacked by the far left minded billionaires with an agenda to transform America into the rest of the world.

    March 31, 2010 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
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