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RNC Responds to Claims Chairman Steele Spent Money at Club

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The Republican National Committee has responded on the record about allegations their Chairman, Michael Steele,spent thousands of dollars on a recent trip to Los Angeles at two hotels and the Voyeur club in West Hollywood, where drinks are bottle service and topless women simulate sex acts for the crowd. According to MyFoxLA:

An RNC official told Fox News a party donor named Erik Brown submitted the expense for the visit. No other information was immediately available. RNC spokesman Doug Heye earlier denied that Steele had ever visited the club.

“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,” Heye said in a statement to reporters.

There was, indeed, almost $2k spent at Voyeur, and paid for by the RNC. "The $1,946.25 expenditure from February 4 is listed under "Meals" on the RNC's latest financial disclosure report filed with the Federal Election Commission," reports CNN. Heye noted the visit was made by a "non-committee staffer," and that the expenditure and its subsequent reimbursement are now the focus of an investigation.