A party spokesman said Monday that the RNC reimbursed
review described Voyeur as a “risque” club where “provocative scenes
play out above and beyond patrons’ reach,” including themes of bondage.
The expenditure is listed in an RNC monthly campaign finance report and was first reported by The Daily Caller Web site.
gotten “a commitment” from Brown to repay the money. Beyond that, the
committee is examining how Brown came to be reimbursed.
Heye insisted that Steele bore no responsibility and had not been aware that party money went toward the event.
Heye gave details of Steele’s itinerary to show he was not at the club. On the night of the outing, Steele was on a
Steele “immediately determined that we need to find
out exactly the why and the how so it doesn’t happen again,” Heye said.
“His reaction was one of anger.”
A call left for Brown at his company, Dynamic Marketing of
was not returned. He is not employed by the RNC, though he once proudly
mentioned by way of a tweet that he was at a football game in
The firm did some direct mailing work for
Records show Poizner’s campaign paid the firm more than
Since taking over the RNC, Steele has faced
criticism from some Republican donors over what they see as excessive
spending. In the same monthly report that disclosed the nightclub
visit, the RNC is shown to have spent nearly
was classified in the report as “office supplies.” A person answering
the phone at Congressional Liquors said the store sells no office
Heye, in an interview, said that hotel expenses cover fundraising events that were “entirely proper.”
“Anytime anything is done at a nice hotel, the RNC
has to answer questions about it,” he said. “When the Democrats do it
they don’t have to answer questions about it.”
A group called Concerned Women for America said it
was “dismayed” that the RNC had provided reimbursement for the money
spent at the nightclub.
“Why would a staffer believe that this is acceptable, and has this kind of thing been approved in the past?” said
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