Steele denies involvement with RNC spending at kinky club 

The Daily Caller's piece on RNC Chairman Michael Steele's expenses made for good reading this morning, but I noticed that they focused on Steele's alleged desire to buy a jet and buried what looks like the lede:

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.

The story definitely implies that this bondage club expense involved Steele himself. An RNC spokesman writes me to take issue with that:

“We are investigating the expenditure in question. The story willfully and erroneously suggests that the expenditure in question was one belonging to the Chairman. This was a reimbursement made to a non-committee staffer. The Chairman was never at the location in question, he had no knowledge of the expenditure, nor does he find the use of committee funds at such a location at all acceptable...The committee has requested that the monies be returned to the committee and that the story be corrected so that it is accurate.”

So that's an on-the-record denial of Steele's personal involvement. More on this later.

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David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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