March 30th, 2010
08:54 AM ET

RNC staffer fired after nightclub controversy

A Republican National Committee staffer who went to a risque Hollywood nightclub with party donors and then expensed the tab has been fired, RNC Chief-of-Staff Ken McKay said in an internal memo sent to committee members late Monday and obtained by CNN.

McKay said an investigation into how the RNC ended up financing a nearly $2,000 outing at Voyeur - a trendy Los Angeles club where topless dancers can be seen mimicking sex acts - determined that a group of young donors went to the club after attending a Young Eagles event in Los Angeles in February.

The Young Eagles program is an RNC effort to cultivate up-and-coming donors in their 30s and 40s. One of the donors in the group that night was Erik Brown, a GOP consultant from Orange County, who ultimately picked up the tab at the club.

The Voyeur visit "was not an RNC sanctioned event and was not associated in any way with any RNC official event," McKay stressed in the memo.

"Subsequently, a request for reimbursement to the private individual was submitted by a RNC staff person," McKay wrote. "That person was aware that this activity was not eligible for reimbursement and had been previously counseled on this very subject. Accordingly, that staff person has been terminated."

McKay did not identify the fired staffer. He also said Brown, the "private individual," has "verbally agreed" to return the money to the RNC.

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  1. HH

    How about the 5 star hotel bills and the $17, 000 on private planes and more than $12, 000 on limos in just one month? The bogus claims of having meetings in Hawaii for his "retreat". I wish my retreat was there instead of the local state or Federal park system.
    He is spending more than some people make in a year and doesn't realize that is why donations are DOWN.
    I guess his real name is Michael "Teflon" Steele.

    March 30, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. HA!

    Just another example of the morally superior GOP showing us that they play morals for votes.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dawn

    And this is the party of "family values" ????? Where is Sarah Palin's comment on this? LOL, the GOP is the party of lies, propaganda and greed.

    March 30, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Abby

    Is this part of being fiscally conservative? Or demonstrating family values? Or is this part of being like the average guy like Joe the Plumber?

    March 30, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
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