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    Thumbs down RNC Chairman Steele Spent a LOT of money

    According to two knowledgeable sources, Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele once raised the possibility of using party money to buy a private jet for his travel.

    “I know that … regular ongoing use of planes was something that was looked at,” says one person with direct knowledge. “I can’t speak to how serious those inquiries were.” Both sources say Steele considered purchasing a plane outright, or buying fractional ownership in one, through a company such as NetJets.
    Steele’s spokesman, Doug Heye, did not deny that such discussions took place, responding that the RNC never had a “plan” to buy a plane. “I don’t know what somebody might have discussed or might not have discussed.”
    While Steele has not purchased a plane, he continues to charter them. According to federal disclosure records, the RNC spent $17,514 on private aircraft in the month of February alone (as well as $12,691 on limousines during the same period). There are no readily identifiable private plane expenses for Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine in the DNC’s last three months of filings.

    The RNC explains that Steele charters jets only when commercial service is unavailable, or when his tight schedule requires it. “Anytime the chairman has taken any private travel has been a either to a route that doesn’t exist or because of connections and multiple travel to where he just wasn’t able to do so,” Heye said. Yet Steele’s office repeatedly refused to explain in specific terms the circumstances of the February charter flights.

    Once on the ground, FEC filings suggest, Steele travels in style. A February RNC trip to California, for example, included a $9,099 stop at the Beverly Hills Hotel, $6,596 dropped at the nearby Four Seasons, and $1,620.71 spent [update: the amount is actually $1,946.25] at Voyeur West Hollywood, a bondage-themed nightclub featuring topless women dancers imitating lesbian sex.

    Read more: High flyer: RNC Chairman Steele suggested buying private jet with GOP funds | The Daily Caller - Breaking News, Opinion, Research, and Entertainment
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    Re: RNC Chairman Steele Spent a LOT of money

    Whatever amount of money he spent, it is for the Republican National Committee to adjudicate.

    If you as an individual have donated to the GOP,m then I suppose you may have an axe to grind.
    If, as I rather suspect you have not donated to the GOP then quite honestly it is no ones business other than the GOP.
    It is not so far as I am aware a taxpayer funded organization.

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    Re: RNC Chairman Steele Spent a LOT of money

    Quote Originally Posted by jujuman13 View Post
    Whatever amount of money he spent, it is for the Republican National Committee to adjudicate.

    If you as an individual have donated to the GOP,m then I suppose you may have an axe to grind.
    If, as I rather suspect you have not donated to the GOP then quite honestly it is no ones business other than the GOP.
    It is not so far as I am aware a taxpayer funded organization.
    I have donated to the RNC in the past. They called me last fall after the election and I told them to let me know when they start fielding more conservative candidates and I would be happy to make a donation then. They haven't called back.
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    Re: RNC Chairman Steele Spent a LOT of money

    RNC head Michael Steele is now being investigated by his fellow Repubs for paying some $2K to visit an adult sex club where stage acts included lesbian bondage scenes and such.

    As Jay Leno said tonight: "The GOP is supposed to be the family-values Party. If the Republicans are doing this stuff, what in the world are the Democrats doing"?
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    Re: RNC Chairman Steele Spent a LOT of money

    Quote Originally Posted by quatrotritikali View Post
    RNC head Michael Steele is now being investigated by his fellow Repubs for paying some $2K to visit an adult sex club where stage acts included lesbian bondage scenes and such.

    As Jay Leno said tonight: "The GOP is supposed to be the family-values Party. If the Republicans are doing this stuff, what in the world are the Democrats doing"?
    lol. Anti-Gay Marriage. But sure as HELL Pro Lesbian Bondage!

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    Re: RNC Chairman Steele Spent a LOT of money

    Quote Originally Posted by The Giant Noodle View Post
    According to two knowledgeable sources, Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele once raised the possibility of using party money to buy a private jet for his travel.

    “I know that … regular ongoing use of planes was something that was looked at,” says one person with direct knowledge. “I can’t speak to how serious those inquiries were.” Both sources say Steele considered purchasing a plane outright, or buying fractional ownership in one, through a company such as NetJets.
    Steele’s spokesman, Doug Heye, did not deny that such discussions took place, responding that the RNC never had a “plan” to buy a plane. “I don’t know what somebody might have discussed or might not have discussed.”
    While Steele has not purchased a plane, he continues to charter them. According to federal disclosure records, the RNC spent $17,514 on private aircraft in the month of February alone (as well as $12,691 on limousines during the same period). There are no readily identifiable private plane expenses for Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine in the DNC’s last three months of filings.

    The RNC explains that Steele charters jets only when commercial service is unavailable, or when his tight schedule requires it. “Anytime the chairman has taken any private travel has been a either to a route that doesn’t exist or because of connections and multiple travel to where he just wasn’t able to do so,” Heye said. Yet Steele’s office repeatedly refused to explain in specific terms the circumstances of the February charter flights.

    Once on the ground, FEC filings suggest, Steele travels in style. A February RNC trip to California, for example, included a $9,099 stop at the Beverly Hills Hotel, $6,596 dropped at the nearby Four Seasons, and $1,620.71 spent [update: the amount is actually $1,946.25] at Voyeur West Hollywood, a bondage-themed nightclub featuring topless women dancers imitating lesbian sex.

    Read more: High flyer: RNC Chairman Steele suggested buying private jet with GOP funds | The Daily Caller - Breaking News, Opinion, Research, and Entertainment
    ....after all, it is the Republican party is it not? Michael Steele is just a Republican party animal.

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    Re: RNC Chairman Steele Spent a LOT of money

    Quote Originally Posted by jujuman13 View Post
    Whatever amount of money he spent, it is for the Republican National Committee to adjudicate.

    If you as an individual have donated to the GOP,m then I suppose you may have an axe to grind.
    If, as I rather suspect you have not donated to the GOP then quite honestly it is no ones business other than the GOP.
    It is not so far as I am aware a taxpayer funded organization.
    In so far as the Republican party says it is the party of fiscal responsibility and yes, family values, when the party is caught spending in such a lavish manner, it is the business of the electorate. If the entity charged with finding and supporting Republican candidates does not abide by party principles, what does that say?

    A 2009 spending spree has left the Republican National Committee (RNC) with its worst election-year cash flow this decade.

    The largest GOP party committee has $8.7 million in the bank heading into an election year with 37 governors’ races, a dozen major Senate contests, dozens more in the House and an all-important redistricting cycle on the horizon.

    Said one RNC official: “It is very troubling, and the thing is, most people don’t understand this. But it is really troubling.”

    The RNC had $22.8 million in cash and no debt when Michael Steele was elected chairman at the end of January, but has since seen its cash on hand drop to less than $9 million at the end of November.

    Over the previous five months, while governors’ battles were being waged in New Jersey and Virginia, the committee saw its cash reserves drop by a full $15 million. Through November, the committee spent more than $90 million last year, which is nearly $20 million more than the Democratic National Committee (DNC).


    A bit more:

    The Democratic National Committee (DNC) lost both races, but saw its cash on hand climb to a debt-free $13 million. That’s not a whole lot better than the RNC, but the DNC began the year in much worse fiscal shape, with $5.6 million in cash and $5 million in debt.

    Worst RNC cash flow in a decade - TheHill.com

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    Re: RNC Chairman Steele Spent a LOT of money

    Wait for it...

    America Elected Obama and the Deficits through the Roof...

    The GOP selects Steele to run things and it's nearly in the red...

    Coincidence?
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    Re: RNC Chairman Steele Spent a LOT of money

    To me, this is pretty much "dog bites man" news. Both parties waste money on unethical and wasteful crap. The only thing I noticed about this instance is that no taxpayer money was used, which is all I could give a damn about.

    If you don't like what the Republicans are doing, don't give them money. I don't. Conversely, if you're liberal/Democrat and you feel a need to open your mouth about this, prepare to eat some very rotten humble pie, and dodge the slings and arrows of outrageous hypocrisy. After all, your party does it even more...and you've probably turned a blind eye to it.

    I'm just glad Republicans can appreciate some good girl on girl action. That Idaho politician had me worried for a while. Always made me think the Dems had the upper hand because at least JFK was banging Marilyn and doing lines of coke off some lingerie model's tit. If you're going to cheat, cheat with hotties and do it right.

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    Re: RNC Chairman Steele Spent a LOT of money

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    To me, this is pretty much "dog bites man" news. Both parties waste money on unethical and wasteful crap. The only thing I noticed about this instance is that no taxpayer money was used, which is all I could give a damn about.

    If you don't like what the Republicans are doing, don't give them money. I don't. Conversely, if you're liberal/Democrat and you feel a need to open your mouth about this, prepare to eat some very rotten humble pie, and dodge the slings and arrows of outrageous hypocrisy. After all, your party does it even more...and you've probably turned a blind eye to it.

    I'm just glad Republicans can appreciate some good girl on girl action. That Idaho politician had me worried for a while. Always made me think the Dems had the upper hand because at least JFK was banging Marilyn and doing lines of coke off some lingerie model's tit. If you're going to cheat, cheat with hotties and do it right.
    HA I can say whatever I want. One of the benefits of not being democrat or republican. And not living in America

    From a purely independant viewpoint. You have a party staunchy against gay marriage, even some members saying that it should be illegal for people to be gay at all.

    And they're spending party money on lesbian bondage clubs. Come on, + given all the Republicans who have turned out to have either cheated on their wives or have been in the closet for years... all while preaching high and mighty moral values. That **** is ****ed up.

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