March 30, 2010

GOP fires employee over $1946 bar tab

Posted: 01:23 PM ET


The Republican National Committee said Monday that it had fired an employee involved in running up a bar tab of nearly $2,000 at a risqué Los Angeles-area nightclub that was later charged to the committee.

The announcement came after a political Web site reported that the RNC's February financial filing showed it had paid the bar bill at the club, Voyeur. The item in The Daily Caller caused a small tempest and threatened to become a distraction for RNC Chairman Michael Steele, whose leadership and spending decisions have been criticized by party officials and rank-and-file members.

Voyeur is an erotic-themed club inspired in part by the racy movie "Eyes Wide Shut," according to an October review of the venue in the Los Angeles Times.

The expense was incurred after an RNC event for young Republican donors in Los Angeles, according to a memo issued Monday by Ken McKay, the committee's chief of staff. After the event, several Republicans went to the club on their own, Mr. McKay wrote.

The $1,946 tab they ran up was covered by GOP donor Erik Brown and later submitted by him to the RNC for reimbursement. On Monday, after news of the event became public, the RNC said Mr. Brown had agreed to repay RNC. Mr. McKay also said the committee fired a staffer who was at the bar and had told Mr. Brown he could obtain reimbursement for the tab.


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Expat American   March 30th, 2010 1:36 pm ET

When did business expenses for the RNC and feeding babies become one and the same?

$1946 is a lot to pay for something all mammals have....don't you think?

Then again. They're used to sell cars and beer too.


Democrats do it too...I know....It doesn’t make it any less stupid.

Anonymous in Arizona   March 30th, 2010 2:32 pm ET

Now they fire him???? Why didn't they fire him before they paid the bill? Makes no sense to me.

I am scared of the lunatic fringe....Look at the stats on the new militias forming in the u.s. I bet there are plenty of them in Arizona and one of the leaders is running for Governor here. Help.....

Gerald Jolly   March 30th, 2010 5:57 pm ET

Get ready folks, for the year 2010 and the GOP's screw-ups,

This is only # 1 many more are to follow in this year.

A corrupt party lead by corrupt people simply cannot hide all of their evil deeds.

My question.

Are McCain and Palin involved in a secret affair??

Does'nt she know that she could kill him in the heat of passion.???

Theresa   March 30th, 2010 6:10 pm ET

My, my, my...what will the dear ol' GOP's excuse be now. Finally, did this take Mr. Michael Steele's smirk off his face? Might there be a little egg on their faces. What's Ms Palin 's explanation for this ????? Is this how the GOP rewards their newest members. The party is a total farce.. They keep labelling themselves Christians yet their behaviour is no where near God like...actually some of their behaviour God could not or would not condone!!!! They should also remember in the Bible we are NOT to judge!!!

Luis B Rosario   March 30th, 2010 7:09 pm ET

Michael Steele says that anything that is Pro-life is good. That is
why the RNC picked up the tab at the Voyeur exotic club. I don't
know what the word "voyeur " means. It has something to with
voyage? (a transient-a traveler) ? I give up. lol
Anyway is the M.O. of the Republican party. Throw the stone
as hard you can and duck. Sarah Palin say atrocities then she
apologizes; Steve King took Pelosi's picture and rubbed her
face with his dirty hands-then he apologized. The other one
called Obama a liar and then he apologized. Another one
called Sen Stupak a "baby killer" and he was forced to apologize.
Marco Rubio running for Senator of Florida took $34,000 from
campaign coffin, he says that he apologizes and that he will
returned the money after Gov. Charlie Crist who is running
against him brought it out in the open. Now Michael Steele
says that the money paid to Voyeur club was reinbursed.
Too many coincidences of "sinning on Friday to go to
confession on Saturday."

ERHARIEFE EJIRO FRANCIS   March 31st, 2010 5:53 am ET

it seems to me a conspiracy. r there abuseses in other churches, r atholic priests the only humans commioting this crimes, Why this attaks on the Pope. to even imagine that these cases occured over 20, 30 years ago, makes it more suggesting.

Every man is called to life of chastity, not only Priest, and the case weather celebacy should be removed from the sacrament of holy Orders is in itself unrealistic. how many married men, live out their vows perfectly,and has it ever made the news like this, how many young boys commit forniation every minuite, has it made the news like this. they r even more than these priest that commit this crimes.

Calling for the Popes resignation is cynical, callining on the church to do away with celebate vows is like telling a man to walk without his head, these priest r also men, and r tempted like u and me, and the way the media is preaching this, partiuclarlly the CNN, does not open any window for genuine reconsilation and healing.

As i say the church to take full responsibility for the failing of some priest, we should also celebrate them that have kept to their vows and did their job well.

The popoe has done a good job since he resume dhis palpacy.

Thank you.

Charles   March 31st, 2010 9:53 am ET

No is the answer to your question about McCain and Palin. What would ever cause an intelligent person such as you to ask something so ridiculous?

As for the bar tab, is it a slow news day?

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