If you want Republicans to take back Congress in November give generously to individual candidates but don’t give one dime to the odious, reprehensible, terrible, disgraceful, execrable, loathsome and, worst of all, totally ineffective RNC. If you’ve ever registered as a Republican you’ll be getting telephone solicitations from the RNC in the coming months. Just tell them you know what I’m about to tell you, and you’re not giving any of your hard-earned money to fund this sort of nonsense. Then you’ll have to hang up because they will try to argue with you endlessly.
Here is what I’m talking about:
From The Daily Caller:
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.
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.
Well, I don’t think he’s going to buy that plane now that his high flying expenditures are getting the light of day. But he doesn’t really need an expensive plane to bleed cash like a drunken sailor, it seems:
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.
RNC trips to other cities produced bills from a long list of chic and costly hotels such as the Venetian and the M Resort in Las Vegas, and the W (for a total of $19,443) in Washington. A midwinter trip to Hawaii cost the RNC $43,828, not including airfare.
Steele himself declined numerous interview requests, though his defenders point out that luxurious accommodations are sometimes necessary to attract big-time donors, especially since Republicans remain in the minority in Washington.
Still, the nature and size of Steele’s expenses are likely to reignite persistent complaints from high-end donors and key party figures that the RNC is bleeding cash in the months before a pivotal midterm election. Several months into Steele’s term as chairman, his spending spurred Republican committeemen to pass a resolution requiring checks to be signed by at least two RNC officers, and contracts over $100,000 to go out to competitive bidding.
So, in addition to suspicions that he’s a RINO, Michael Steele is a wastrel who spends other people’s money like it’s 1999. Isn’t that supposed to be what Democrats do? I guess that’s only after they get elected.
I stopped giving money to the RNC long ago, in fact maybe I never did give anything to the RNC. I’ve always thought they’re a bunch of dummies, but I didn’t know they’re profligate spenders to boot. I don’t get their phone calls anymore because whenever they call I give them an earful for their fecklessness. [remember Dede Scozzafava?] That they leave me alone now is the only thing I can thank them for since I don’t believe they have ever done anything to help the Republican party win a single election.
If Michael Steele would like to do his part to help the effort this November, there is one thing he can do that will definitely help. Immediately resign, and go away.
My apologies to drunken sailors for comparing them to the RNC. At least drunken sailors spend their own money. Besides, they eventually sober up.
[The Politico also ran a story on Michael Steele’s spending spree back on February 23rd]