Today, Jonathan Strong of the Daily Caller headlines with an article titled “High flyer: RNC Chairman Steele suggested buying private jet with GOP funds”. He asserts the following:
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.
Someone with knowledge of the RNC meeting with Jonathan Strong responded:
“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. Good reporting would make that distinction crystal clear. The committee has requested that the monies be returned to the committee and that the story be corrected so that it is accurate.”
In addition, the source vehemently denies many of the elements included in the story, including whether Chairman Steele declined interview requests, details around flights, etc.
The interesting thing about this piece? It’s written by a supposedly right-leaning web magazine [Full disclosure: I have written an editorial for Daily Caller.] Why would the Daily Caller writer want to portray the Chairman as having been to a strip club when it’s not the case? A damaging investigative piece of journalism should be tight and accurate.
It almost seems as if the right-leaning Webzine is trying to gain credibility with liberal news outlets and is willing to do so on the backs of their own ideological brethren. Or maybe they’re in the hip pocket of a conservative who doesn’t like Chairman Steele. Either way, this story may be another example of the right carelessly destroying their own.
No doubt, more details will be forthcoming.
This weekend, Americans across the country watched in disbelief as Nancy Pelosi ignored the U.S. Constitution and brazenly exploited the legislative process to ram a government health care takeover through Congress. Speaker Pelosi’s use of a parliamentary tactics in order to pass a partisan piece of legislation that effects one-sixth of our nation’s economy is nothing short of reprehensible – she must be stopped.
Speaker Pelosi feels she has the authority to do whatever she feels regardless of the consequences for workers and families. We saw this first hand Sunday as she forced a government health care takeover through Congress with reckless abandon. Even worse, most members of the Democrat caucus – including several Texas Democrats – were more than willing to ignore their own constituents and support her liberal agenda.
Pelosi used these deceptive tactics in hopes that the American people wouldn’t be watching closely enough to notice the simple truth. This government health care takeover will increase taxes, raise premiums and cut Medicare benefits to seniors. Not to mention the trillion dollars she is adding to the federal deficit – a debt that Americans will be paying off for decades to come.
Nancy Pelosi promised to lead the most open and honest Congress in our history, yet she hardly seems to be living up to her word. Speaker Pelosi used sweetheart deals and arm-twisting tactics in order to garner enough votes to pass this despicable piece of legislation.
Our nation needs leaders who will truly act in an open and honest manner and Speaker Pelosi hardly fits the bill. She has repeatedly treated the American people with the utmost contempt and Nancy Pelosi MUST be fired. We need Americans to speak out against this injustice and I am asking for your help to make sure Nancy Pelosi knows that her radical leftist agenda is not welcome in our Congress.
I need you to pledge your support to help fire her and every Democrat who aided her in pursuing this shameful agenda. The best way to send this message is to give these Democrats the boot and help Republicans regain the majority in the United States House of Representatives. The voice of the people was ignored on health care as Democrats across the country voted against their constituents, but with your help we will make certain to return the favor and vote against the Democrats this November.