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. Harry

    He's just another thieving-televangelist type that is only an opportunist at heart. That sh!t eating grin of his just makes me wanna do bad things...

    March 31, 2010 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  2. Shram

    No one will listen to him.

    March 31, 2010 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  3. Lou

    Any bets Tony Perkins has a closet the size of Texas?

    March 31, 2010 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  4. Bill

    Give your money to me, instead! Right.

    Republicans are such stooges.

    March 31, 2010 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  5. Mike Smith

    No no no.... all Fox News Lemmings MUST give to Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck.... it's a great way of making sure money is going to stupid people instead of needy causes. Reload!! Get 'em in the cross hairs! Be Christians, take back the government with AK47s!!! Be a good Republican. Join the Tea Party.

    March 31, 2010 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  6. ahk, beverly hills, ca

    Oh, sure. By all means give to the candidates who purport to advance "faith, family, and freedom". What happens when you discover it's all "do as I say, not as I do..."?

    March 31, 2010 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  7. JJ

    What's the time frame for Mr. Perkins to come out of the closet?

    March 31, 2010 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  8. GOP's Nuts...

    Please can you all just Get a grip!! My God...I am tired of watching CCN, MSNBC and even FOX....trying to figure out just what in the hell ya'll tryin to do. Do any one of ya'll...speaking to GOP...know just what the... ya'll trying to do....

    Well, in the mean time...GET BACK TO WORK! YOU ARE WASTING TAX PAYER DOLLARS!!!!!

    March 31, 2010 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  9. Rick

    That cracking sound you hear is the GOP splitting apart ...

    March 31, 2010 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  10. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    or better yet... throw your money down the toilet. The GOP is splintered, lunatic, and dead in the water.

    March 31, 2010 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  11. Ryan

    I guess that's good news. But for those of us who aren't paranoid enough to care about religion and refuse to have children because they're annoying, and don't tell others how to live their lives because it doesn't concern us directly... then who do you recommend we align ourselves with because last time I checked, people like me are very much a part of this country and have as much right to the political process too.

    March 31, 2010 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |

    How about MY family, MY faith, and MY freedom, Mr. Perkins?

    MY family consists of our 83-year-old adopted grandmother, my husband and myself (partners for 34 years) and my oldest foster son; MY church (Anglican/Episcopal) is for marriage equality and access to all levels of ministry for GLBTQAI people; in most states, I can be fired or evicted simply because I am PERCEIVED to be gay (no proof needed).

    The FRC is ANTI-family, ANTI-faith, and ANTI-freedom, UNLESS you agree with their hateful definitions. Nobody knows how to bear false witness like a homophobe. What part of "thou shalt NOT ..." do you not understand, Mr. Perkins?

    March 31, 2010 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  13. GM from MN

    In other words he wants your money.

    March 31, 2010 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  14. Gary

    I think that donating to individual candidates is better than to the party. Overall, the republican party hasn't been dedicated enough to holding down taxes, holding down government spending, getting government out of the bailout business. I find if freeing to be an independent. You can take and support the best of both parties...

    March 31, 2010 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  15. Tony In Largo

    The GOP is in jeopardy. This is due to the silence and in some cases support that its leaders have given those in the fringe. Now the GOP seems to be losing control of its own destiny.

    March 31, 2010 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  16. Mike in NYC

    I'd tell them to stop giving money to a party run by people who put the interests of a small, Middle Eastern country over the interests of their own.

    Really, what a choice we've got - the skulking degenerates of the GOP or the open degenerates of the Democrats.

    March 31, 2010 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  17. joel palmer

    I love it when a plan comes together!

    The gop is circling the drain and Chairman Steel is rearranging the deck chairs o the Titanic

    A truly circular firing squad

    March 31, 2010 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  18. mark ramsey md

    loveit! Continue to fragment-you have my blessing!

    March 31, 2010 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  19. quarterback

    Garbage leading garbage on to the garbage heap of history.

    Rot GOP. I used to be with you. But I will fight you now as these lunatic, Palin loving, anti-intellectual, uneducated white trash bigots run the party. You will regret your inability to control these hillbillies.

    March 31, 2010 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  20. Capsaicin

    Better yet, donate to a family you know personally, or locally to someone you know from work or school or church who is hurting or unemployed. Why give to political entities like the FRC who spread political gruel of moralism and anger when giving directly will produce much more immediate satisfaction and blessings?

    March 31, 2010 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  21. Robert

    Oh yes... please begin the splitting apart of the Republican party.. Let's have the religious looloo's split off under FRC, and the anti-government yahoos who don't know what Socialism is under the Tea Party banner... and the more moderate, rational Republicans as just plain Republicans...

    not many of those left.

    McCain used to represent that group, but he's been so crazy lately that he needs to be in a nursing home rather than affecting the nation. I mean, he gave us Sarah Palin...

    March 31, 2010 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  22. Dan

    I like his idea of not supporting the Republican party. I choose to take it further, though, by actively supporting the Democratic party. That's the best way to stick it to the RNC, in my opinion. But not giving the RNC money is still a good start.

    March 31, 2010 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  23. Dawn Ada, Oh

    Is this an April fools joke???? I love it!!! The Republican Party falling apart for the whole wide world to see. They started by putting a man in a position, not because of his political clout or his charm to help people give $$$, but because he was black and they needed to see if they could get a few black voters. Before that Hillary lost and the Republican Party thought they saw a void and puff a nobody from Alaska, who happens to have breasts, but no brains in her head, was unleashed on America. What the Republican Party has not learned yet is: When you do the Right thing for the WRONG reasons, it usually doesn't pan out. What happens is when it fails, you look like a failure and you look disingenuous all at the same time.

    March 31, 2010 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  24. Funny man

    What He's trying to say, is donate to Ron Paul or the campaign for Liberty

    April 1, 2010 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  25. Doug

    The real problem with RNC is it's message. The Republicans have to piggyback with the Tea Party for a victory. The Republicans Party is always chasing some group(Tea Party, Fox News, talk radio, ect..) to get back in power. Start chasing your own ideas.

    April 1, 2010 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
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