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March 29, 2010

RNC Expenses at Voyeur Nightclub Explained (Well, Sort Of)
UPDATE: Brown Will Return the Money

Above the Post Update: Erik Brown has announced that he will return the money.

Excellent. No story here at all. Except why he thought this was a kosher expense to bill for, who he was with at the club, what they spent $2,000 on, and who approved it at the RNC. When you get those mailers asking for money, you might send the RNC a note asking about it.

And no, I don't think it's too much to ask that this type of thing be condemned by the leadership at the national committee. Saying, "well the DNC does it, too" doesn't cut it. The Democrats are liars, thieves, and villains. That doesn't mean we should be.

Original Post:
Alright, Slublog did some digging and found that the charge in the FEC filing at Voyeur was actually reimbursed to one Erik Brown. Go to page 1781 of the March filing and note the transaction IDs and amounts. What did Brown buy at Voyeur that cost $1946.25 on February 4, 2010?

A glance at Brown's twitter page reveals that he seems pretty buddy-buddy with the RNC chairman.

Enjoying the football game with RNC Chairman Michael Steele. (Eagles vs Redskins at FedEx Field) 8:28 PM Oct 26th, 2009 via Tweetie

So at least we have more info on the faux lesbian S&M the RNC donors are paying for.

But this just raises more questions. Why did the RNC reimburse Brown, termed a "non-committee staffer" by its defensive spokesman this morning, for "meals" at Voyeur? Meals that cost almost $2,000. Does the typical "non-committee staffer" get to expense thousand-dollar outtings to the RNC? Also, where can I sign up?

Update: Via Cuffy Meigs, Erik Brown just deleted his twitter account. I think we've got our fellow.

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