As you know, I’ve been printing rejected RNC solicitation forms and disgusted e-mails from readers for months — see here, here, here, and here, for example. Financial fraud has wracked other major GOP outfits — remember the NRCC accounting scandal from a few years ago or the California GOP mess?
I’m printing a new batch of rejected RNC solicitation forms below from readers today in honor of latest RNC budgetary embarrassment published in the Daily Caller. More on that in a moment.
From reader Alex:
From reader J.B.:
From reader Paul:
The consultant whom the RNC reimbursed for charges at a risque California nightclub is Erik Brown. (The “bondage” angle was sensationalized to suggest that Steele was at the club (he was not), Daniel Foster points out. But the RNC officials have already acknowledged the reimbursement was inappropriate. There’s still the question of how close Brown was to Steele and RNC managers. Moreover, Reid Wilson at Hotline notes:
The latest revelations, published this morning by The Daily Caller, show an RNC consultant spent $1,946 at a bondage-themed night club in L.A. That comes about 4 weeks after a party PowerPoint presentation, in which the RNC mocks their own donors, was discovered at a posh FL hotel.
In both cases, insiders blamed the finance department. In the latest incident, it is likely a low-level staffer approved an expense report that should never have been submitted. In the earlier incident, RNC insiders blamed a more senior finance official for producing an unprofessional document in the first place, under the quickly disproven theory it would never become public.
Since hiring a new communications director in Feb., Steele has largely kept himself in only the right kinds of headlines — attacking Dems for passing health care, raising over $1.2M in a bid to retire Speaker Nancy Pelosi and, largely, staying on message.
But Steele’s early gaffes produced a constant stream of negative stories, and now the DC political media (Your Hotline OnCall editor included) hangs on his every word waiting for another provocative statement to tumble forth. The finance department’s errors, one exasperated RNC member told us this afternoon, is “the latest of the death by a thousand cuts.”
FYI: Brown has already deleted his Twitter account, which included a Tweet bragging about hanging with Steele at a football game. I retrieved the cached page of the now-deleted Twitter account:
More on the Orange County connection at Red County.
As I’ve said repeatedly in post after post after post after post after post on Republican corruption and waste over the years, the GOP can’t demand that the Democrats clean their house until the Republicans have cleaned theirs.
The D.C. GOP “leadership” has been a problem for a long, long time. Current RNC chairman Michael Steele is the symptom. Beltway-itis is the disease.
Update: An RNC staffer has been fired…
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