Skip to comments.High flyer: RNC Chairman Steele suggested buying private jet with GOP funds(RNC Cash for sex club?
Posted on 03/29/2010 6:53:10 AM PDT by icwhatudo
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 DNCs last three months of filings.
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.
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Steele must think he is special.
WTF? Why can’t he just fly coach?
Steele is an epic failure and needs to go ASAP. Of course, when fired, he’ll say he’s the victim of racism.
If the RNC will not fire him out of fears of being called rassist then they deserve what they get.
Give directly to the candidates (such as Dr. Benishek online against Stupak and our candidates seeking to oust the other switchhitters). DO NOT give to the Republican Party — clear evidence that they’ll waste it on themselves.
But he is light skinned and speaks with no discernable Negro accent.
I can understand occasional expenses for chartering aircraft—it sometimes can make more sense, time- and expense-wise, to charter a jet and fly direct if he’s going somewhere not, or poorly, served by commercial flights.
But I’m going to be interested to see how nearly $2,000 in BDSM nightclub expenses showed up on these reports...if it’s a liberal plant or the real deal, and if real, who takes the fall for it.
Steele is the Republican equvalent of his worthless counterpart occupying the White House.
Gives me a chance to rail against one of these debacles that started it all - crucifying the auto CEO’s for using private jets to come to Washington for the bailout hearings.
Whether or not the RNC needs private jets, we aren’t going to have top CEO’s and top companies if their leaders have to fly commercial.
Just imagine the head of Ford having to tell the Japanese government or a Japanese auto company that he has to book a commercial flight in order to make it to a negotiation.
Let’s be First Class all the way.
Well, at least he isn’t using Taxpayer money and a 747 jet like Scarecrow Pelosi.
Why should it? He’s a horrible RNC chair, but the RNC chair has to do a lot of traveling. So you have a choice: commercial, charter or buy your own. It sounds like he threw out the suggestion to find out if it would be cheaper.
Sorry, pretty weak tea to me.
He needs to go now. How do we get a new chairman with spine, guts, and gonads NOW???
And he’s bright and clean and articulate and a nice looking guy.
And he can buy his own damn plane with his own damn money.
"And far in the back, past the photo booth, apothecary bar and walls plastered in contact sheets from an illicit Mexico photo shoot, there's a private VIP room with a separate entrance and a giant chaise that could comfortably hold you and 10 beauties who appreciate furniture with well-placed handles
And anybody else who likes to watch."
Sorry, I didn’t catch the last one, the bondage club. Yes, that would get him fired and should be a slam dunk. Just the suggestion of buying a plane: no.
I still don’t understand how this RINO got his job.
“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.”
I find this part hard to believe. If so; his butt needs to be fired immediately.
Michael Steal needs to go.
Is anyone else starting to think that Steele is a dem plant? A sex club? Idiot!
FIRE STEELE NOW!
Hard to believe this is true. The sources are anonymous.
Agree 100%. The chartered jets and big hotel bills are questionable, but at least could be legit. (Although, we should bear in mind that every dollar Steele wastes could be going to support for GOP candidates.)
But, there is no possible justification for the sex club charges. It is outrageous that contributions paid for this, and for me it costs Steele the benefit of the doubt on all the other expenses.
He was one of 7 who ran. He was one of two finalists the other had belonged to a whites only country club...
Having said all this, I am very, very concerned that Steele may not fully leverage our position in the November elections. If we doing anything less than take one House of Congress it will be a failure of EPIC proportions.
Even prior to these revelations one would have to be an utter fool to donate money to the RNC.
| Not that Steele doesn't deserve the boot for the ineffective way he's run the GOP, but in looking at the headlines on the DailyCaller, the site seems to be somewhat anti-GOP, anti-Tea Party, anti-Palin.
dittos but let's confirm it first.
He was awfully popular around here a couple years ago. Remember all the “Thompson/Steele” taglines?
It just goes to show that we don’t really know any of these people.
Of course, her GOP predecessor, flew in small corporate jet. And Pelosi has set all the records for extravagant accommodations from a Speaker of the House.
No. He asked & he was turned down. They did not buy one.
Agreed, that is NOT how donations should be spent. And he can sit his ass in Coach along with the rest of us.
The article uses FEC reports as their source. Public information.
I never subscribed to the Two Minutes’ Hate on auto execs when they got called on the carpet for owning large private jets last year. There’s any number of extremely good reasons for leasing or fractional ownership (or even outright ownership) of a business jet. If you’re the CEO of a big company (or the RNC, for that matter), your time is allegedly very valuable. A Citation or Learjet can get you from point A to point B just as fast as a commercial airliner, with immensely less hassle, no waiting in TSA lines, and if used prudently, the ownership/leasing costs can be easily justified.
Rats tend to try and paint bizjets as status symbols of the filthy rich, and they can be. But there’s a lot of practical uses for them too. Besides, what’s the difference in the CEO of General Motors flying around on a Gulfstream and Nancy Pelosi grabbing an entire damn VIP-kitted Boeing 757 from the USAF and galloping around? Oh, wait, never mind, I remember now...it’s OK if government does it with MY money, but not OK if GM does it with THEIR money.
Let me assume that the sex club thing is not true for the moment.
The expenses for the stays at the Four Seasons, etc., were likely to court donors and included hotel, food and entertainment for donors who would return those $10,000 in expenses with millions of dollars in donations.
It may, in fact, be very wise to spend such money.
As to the sex club, that’s inexcusable, but I’m skeptical just because Steele is not an idiot and knows his expenses are not just reported to the FEC but to the whole RNC.
The stupid party, reverting to form.
LOL! I can’t wait to get mail from the RNC begging for more money!
Yep. As I said, I’m skeptical and it seems like the kind of group that would have no problem with making things up or stretching the truth.
These are Republicans we’re talking about, if there were any bombshells, it would have been on MSNBC first.
???I was referring to the sex club.
He may be bright and articulate, but with this sex club business, I doubt he is clean. If I were his wife I’d go get tested!
He’s like Obama - just loves spending other people’s money. He sounds like Pelosi - I need a private plane. He NEEDS to be fired!
Mine have gone straight in the shredder for quite some time now. ;-)
Exactly right. How often have we heard these people describe themselves as "public servants" and then proceed to behave as if they were royalty?
the evil party allows nancy pelosi 3 new planes at tax payers’ expense, when no majority leader had personal planes before her.
now, the stupid party follows the evil party.
They all think they're special..
Here are a couple of reviews of Voyeur, the West Hollywood nightclub that RNC donations paid for.
As good as it gets in terms of places to be in LA. I can say this place is full of nothing but incredily attractive women, rich guys, and celebrities. Voyeur is very very exclusive and unless your a 8 or above ladies or willing to get bottle service ( 2 bottles =$1,100) fellas, be prepared to be turned away. I think this is one of the hottest places that I’ve been to in my many years in LA. The half naked models and topless dancers alone is worth the price of admission.
he girl at the door sent us in right away and told us to go to a table by the bar and get some free Champagne. Seriously. This club is amazing. There are topless “dancers” acting out S&M scenes throughout the night on one of the side stages, there’s a half-naked girl hanging from a net across the ceiling and at one point I walked to the bathroom and pretty much just stopped dead in my tracks to watch two girls simulating oral sex in a glass case.
Really understated elegance here.
Also, Lindsay Lohan was at our table at one point.
I agree. I’m no fan of Steele, but we need to leave room for Rat shenanigans. This seems way over the top. People who abuse other people’s money usually don’t such sexually explicit paper trails.
no readily identifiable for the Democrat Tim Kaine...
‘no readily indentifiable’?????????
Once again, skeptical, considering the source.