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RNC's Steele Dropped Cash at Sexy WeHo Club, L.A. Hotels

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The spending habits of Michael Steele, the first African American chairman of the Republican National Committee, are the subject of much scrutiny, including large amounts of money spent here in Los Angeles at hotels and clubs.

A story published today by The Daily Caller notes Steele's lavish spending and his rumored wish to purchase a private aircraft for his travels. FEC filings indicate a visit last month to our part of the country saw Steele dropping dollars in some dubious places:

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.

Held at the 7969, Voyeur is described (largely with enthusiasm) on Yelp as being for lookers who'd rank "8 or above," people who enjoy bottle service and $20 valet, as well as "topless dancers dangling from the ceiling," and the alluring spectacle of "two girls simulating oral sex in a glass case."(h/t HuffingtonPost)