RNC Fires Staffer Over $2000 Strip Club Bill

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The Republican National Committee has fired a staffer who helped organize a visit last month to a bondage strip club in California. The GOP says it will recoup the money from a donor who also participated.

Monday OpposingViews reported that a recent RNC visit to Los Angeles included a bill for nearly $2000 -- $1946.25, to be exact -- for a trip to a strip club called "Voyeur" in West Hollywood. The club features topless dancers and bondage outfits.

An RNC internal memo says the February 4th outing involved several members of the "Young Eagles" GOP group. An unnamed staffer, who had been warned that such activities did not qualify for reimbursement, has been fired, said the memo from RNC lawyer Ken McKay.

RNC spokesman Doug Heye said the committee would be reimbursed by Erik Brown, the California donor-vendor who billed the GOP for the club visit on behalf of the attendees.

Since November, the RNC has paid Brown's company about $19,000 for printing and direct-mail services, campaign spending reports show. He has contributed several thousand dollars to the party.

Heye was quick to point out that RNC Chairman Michael Steele had nothing to do with the strip club visit.

But the original intent of the report was to highlight Steele's lavish spending at a time when crucial mid-term elections are coming up.