Michael Steele’s Entourage Makes It Rain ‘Bondage Style’

From CNN 

Washington (CNN) – A California-based political consultant who charged the Republican National Committee nearly $2,000 for a night out at Voyeur – a risque West Hollywood nightclub now at center of the latest controversy surrounding RNC chairman Michael Steele – will return the money to the party, a committee spokesman told CNN Monday.

Erik Brown, president of the Orange County-based Dynamic Marketing, Inc., was re-imbursed in February for $1,946.25 worth of charges at the nightclub, according to the RNC’s latest filing with the Federal Election Commission.

It’s not clear why the RNC re-imbursed Brown for the charges or who else was with him at the club. A spokesman for the RNC said Steele was not at the club when the charges were made.

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Despite his obvious short comings, he seems to be the most human of them all, but that’s not saying much for the Republican Party at the moment. The latest news about Michael Steele, Republican National Committee Chairman, is that he or someone closely related to him spent party member donated funds at Voyeur, a lesbian-themed bondage club located in West Hollywood, California. The RNC have already adamantly denied that it was Steele who did the spending, but they do admit that the expense sheet was submitted under ‘meals’ and the aforementioned party donated funds went to pay for the night club expenses.

The RNC has replied by asking one of its ‘lower level’ national committee members to return the funds that were improperly reimbursed. They also report that they have opened an investigation into the incident, which will likely include an investigation into who approved the wayward expenditure , and what exactly was expended that evening. Not that inquiring minds honestly want or need to know.

Jonathon Strong, the reporter who broke the story, writes for the Daily Caller, a supposedly right-leaning web-zine. This news about Steele is good for Republicans and Democrats alike. Whether it was Steele or one of his staffers that attended the club, what remains is a matter of trust and one for Republican donors to take major issue with. Michael Steele’s excessive spending has been on the minds and at the heart of GOP voter backlash in the past few months and leading up to now, and that pressure may be felt two-fold with this recent turn of events.

To add insult to injury, I find it somewhat refreshing that a conservative is calling out a conservative. Steele is the first black charman of the RNC and he’s long been considered by most liberals to be the black answer to Barack Obama just as Sarah Palin was thought to be the female answer to Hillary Clinton. He reportedly had this to say when asked about Obama a little over a year ago:

In response to a question from Human Events about how then-Sen. Barack Obama campaigned against him and called him an “amiable fellow” without much of a resume, Steele pondered what he’d say to the president.

“I’d say congratulations, and I look forward to sparring with him. And then I’d say: How you like me now?”

Whether Obama likes him more of less at the present time is highly irrelevant. What is relevant is that Michael Steele is messing with the wrong people’s money. In fact, he’s aided and abetted growing skepticism of the Republican Party’s rampant hypocrisy in relation to ‘family values,’ ‘responsible fiscal spending,’ and Grand Ol’ Party morality and ethics. If nothing else, he’s shown that the GOP certainly outdoes itself when it comes to the party scene.

But really, is this anything new for the RNC or DNC? Sarah Palin has been plastered all over television lately with talk against big-government spending and wasteful spending sprees. With that said, I’m reminded of a certain someone and her family going all buck wild on the campaign trail when money from the RNC was used to finance her family’s new wardrobe. The RNC shelled out $150,000 for the Palin bunch. News of those expenses turned heads from the left and right.

The DNC isn’t the exception to the rule as both parties have been rightly criticized in the past for excessive spending.

At present time, the RNC is experiencing their worst cash flow in decades and this on top of them out fundraising the DNC for the last couple of months. When it all comes down, regardless of party affiliation, fiscal responsibility cannot be entrusted to just anybody, especially with money that’s been donated by ordinary citizens for what they truly believe is a ‘good cause’. A lesbian themed bondage club will never be considered a good cause with regard to any kind of political arena.

Whether our tax dollars are being used to line the pockets of Iraq and Afghan warlords, paying for Democrat and Republican luxury retreats, or designer outfits for Caribou Barbie a.k.a. Sarah Palin, liberals can finally pipe down on criticisms that suggest Republicans don’t know how to stimulate a package or that they don’t care about women’s issues. Although the dancers from the bondage club claimed that Steele’s politics were a bit hard to swallow, they didn’t deny that the GOP’s stimulus package was much bigger than the Democrat’s no matter how hard they tried to make it appear otherwise. Now excuse me while I go to remove my tongue from inside my cheek.

By the way, if all the money runs out, the Supreme Court  just ruled, in not so few words, that corporations have the same rights as people, thus opening the door for them to contribute to (buy)  elections at will, i.e., they can now donate an unlimited amount of financial funding to political campaigns during elections. We all know that corporations have the little people’s best interests at heart.

I hope more than anything that this kind of episode will encourage Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike to donate directly to the people they want elected to office, instead of donating based on name recognition alone, to an entire party that may or may no longer share core values.

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