REPUBLICANS IN THE NEWS  11:54 am March 30, 2010

Poor Sap Was Just Covering RNC’s Rejected Credit Card At Bondage Strip Club

by Ken Layne

We make money the old-fashioned way: We fundraise and then go to lesbian-bondage clubs.Jeez, Michael Steele’s Republican Party is just throwing its own loyalists under the bus for the hell of it. Turns out Orange County GOP donor Erik Brown covered the Republicans’ party tab at lesbian-bondage disco-strip-bar Club Voyeur West because the RNC’s credit card was rejected. The RNC staffer reportedly said to Brown, who was sitting at the table, “Please help me out and I’ll be sure you are reimbursed right away by the RNC.” Yeah uh and we’ll make sure to ruin your life, too.

The blog Red County has this whole pathetic story, and while it doesn’t make anyone look good, Erik Brown comes off like a patsy. Not as much of a patsy as our friend Rebecca Schoenkopf suggested yesterday, but still ….

“We’re taking you to the hottest nightclub in town,” the RNC gang partying in LA told Brown. Ha ha, and then he gets to pay for it and then have his business wrecked, by the RNC, who named him as the Guilty Party and then, late last night, finally half-ass admitted it was a Republican Party staffer who made the charge and hosted the sex-show boozing, and then couldn’t pay for it. And now that unnamed staffer has been fired, too. But her name isn’t all over the Internet so she’ll probably get another job with Mary Cheney or whatever. [Red County]

 

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ArkansasFred March 30, 2010 at 11:59 am
Cape Clod March 30, 2010 at 12:04 pm

So is Red County, like, the farm team for Red State?

Jumping Jim March 30, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Voyeurgate?
Bondagegate?
Creditcardgate?
Douchebagate?

Ruhe March 30, 2010 at 12:04 pm

The unnamed staffer gets fired but not named? But the donor gets screwed? Is there any chance that this unnamed staffer is a blood relative of a sitting member of congress?

Sarah Palin (vp@whitehouse.gov) March 30, 2010 at 12:05 pm

I always pay cash. Also.

-SP

Monsieur Grumpe March 30, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Let me guess, was it a Discover card?

jetjaguar March 30, 2010 at 12:08 pm

“I helped esteemed members of the RNC get into a crazy lesbian-bondage nightclub and all I got was fired.”

Serolf Divad March 30, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Getting your credit card rejected at a strip club? That’s GOP classy.

thefrontpage March 30, 2010 at 12:08 pm

How many different ways can different people in different situations in different parts of the country at different events continue to say, display, show and exhibit that Michael Steele is a moron, is an idiot, in completely unqualified to hold his current post, was completely unqualified to be the lieutenant governor of Maryland, is completely out of the zeitgeist on everything, and should literally not be working in government and politics? We’ve said it many times. Why is this moron still leading the RNC? What is wrong with these people? Steele is a moron–through and through.

ElitistMarxist March 30, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Today we are all rejected RNC credit cards…

comicbookguy March 30, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Do they really think that’s the hottest nightclub in town? That’s the sad part.

SlouchingTowardsWasilla March 30, 2010 at 12:09 pm

They clearly need to hire Bristol Palin’s PR firm.

BigDupa March 30, 2010 at 12:12 pm

My money says the first guy had stolen Visa pre-paid cards from Katrina. The RNC has a secret vault filled with stuff like that- FL absentee ballots for Gore, Cheney’s replacement heart.

This would be a perfect ad for American Express- don’t get a rub and tug without it!

BOOBIES! March 30, 2010 at 12:12 pm

This is a teaching moment for Mr. Brown about GOP politics. The GOP likes to make the little guy take it up the ass so the fat cats at the top of the food chain aren’t held accountable for their poor decisions. Remember the Wall Street bailout in the fall of ’08?

So, Mr. Brown, the GOP cordially invites you to bend over, grab your ankles and take one for the good ole USA. The GOP and the lesbo-bondage disco stip bar are the same. They don’t give a rat’s ass about you or your future. All they want is your money. When your bank account is empty, you are no use to them.

cheeto_jeebus March 30, 2010 at 12:12 pm

[re=544474]thefrontpage[/re]: and your question is?

Terry March 30, 2010 at 12:13 pm

[re=544473]Serolf Divad[/re]:

How does a corporate/business card get turned down? Folks back at RNC headquarters aren’t paying their bills on time?

WIDTAP March 30, 2010 at 12:13 pm

I didn’t realize until this article that the GOP staffer was a lady. I’ll agree that it’s unfair for Erik Brown to carry the brunt of this, but I would like to know how he explained to his wife Alison what he was doing following a female GOP Staffer into a strip / bondage / voyeur club in the first place.

ManchuCandidate March 30, 2010 at 12:13 pm

We now the answer to “Tits or Get the fuck out.”

WhatTheHeck March 30, 2010 at 12:13 pm

[re=544471]Monsieur Grumpe[/re]:
No it was an American Sexpress card

JMP March 30, 2010 at 12:14 pm

I knew that the RNC was having cashflow problems, especially after wasting much of its money on the two governors’ races and special elections last year, but having its credit card rejected is just plain pathetic. This is the corporate card for the party that represents the corporates, and yet it still manages to go over its limits?

Unfortunately, the link seems to be overloaded now; too bad, I was hoping to see the rest of the story.

[re=544466]Ruhe[/re]: Either related, or fucking a member of Congress or high-level Republican official; Michelle Bachmann, I’m looking at you.

Terry March 30, 2010 at 12:15 pm

[re=544474]thefrontpage[/re]:
“Why is this moron still leading the RNC? What is wrong with these people? Steele is a moron–through and through.”

Because in some smoke filled rooms somewhere, GOP operatives and leadership still think that since the Dems have a black guy, they need one, too, as not to appear racist.

JMP March 30, 2010 at 12:17 pm

[re=544471]Monsieur Grumpe[/re]: This is the GOP, remember; it was probably Diner’s Club.

[re=544474]thefrontpage[/re]: That’s probably why Tucker released the dirt on him. The thing is, it would be a real pain to force him out, so it looks like the party’s trying as hard to get him to quit like Sarah.

Urbanachiever March 30, 2010 at 12:17 pm

So….the fact that remains undisputed is that some RNC credit-card holder thought that using said card at a strip club was a perfectly acceptable use of RNC funds?

ManchuCandidate March 30, 2010 at 12:18 pm

[re=544487]ManchuCandidate[/re]:
It’s not that I can’t differentiate Now and Know. It’s that it’s missing Know.

Dumbshit.

Godot March 30, 2010 at 12:19 pm

[re=544473]Serolf Divad[/re]: If she was a real GOP staffer, she’d have followed up the declined credit card with loud questions about whether or not the bondage lesbians knew who she was, and suggestions that she had a say in their employment status.

This is why it’s hard for women to get far in politics.

Texan Bulldoggette March 30, 2010 at 12:20 pm

[re=544490]Terry[/re]: The RNC was either behind on payments or their credit limit was too low (to pay a $2K tab??). But, either way, I can’t believe the RNC these days. Michael Steele is the gift that keeps on giving.

DC Hates Me March 30, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Just as long as they’re not tossing dollar bills at cripples, I don’t see the problem.

NotthatLC March 30, 2010 at 12:20 pm

I’m going to be Ms. Obvious here and state the following:
1. These people are SO full of shit. “Unnamed staffer”. Yup, good luck with that one.
2. These people are so impossibly stupid that they’re turning this into a two-day story, when they could have released all this stuff YESTERDAY, and it would have been over and done with.
3. So, let me get this straight – Earlier today, like two hours ago, they were saying that it was Erik’s tab, and that he’d agreed to reimburse the RNC for the money. But 10 minutes ago, they said, no, no, it was some skell staffer with a bad credit card’s tab, which Erik paid for out of the kindness of his Red State heart, and then he got reimbursed. So…does that mean that he’s NOT going to give the RNC back the money today?
4. Still begs the question – why is the RNC reimbursing someone’s tab at a S&M strip club for?
5. See #1. And get some popcorn. It’s going to be a bumpy, bumpy night, y’all.

Oblios Cap March 30, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Is Erick Brown the father of Erick Erickson? That would explain a lot.

V572625694 March 30, 2010 at 12:21 pm

[re=544474]thefrontpage[/re]: You got a problem with that? He’s comedy gold!

Guppy06 March 30, 2010 at 12:22 pm

[re=544489]JMP[/re]: “Either related, or fucking”

We’re talking about the GOP here: it’s both!

Dr. Zoidberg March 30, 2010 at 12:27 pm

[re=544474]thefrontpage[/re]: Hey, don’t argue. He’s comedy gold.

Simba B March 30, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Good grief, either I need to call the Internets-tubes version of Roto-Rooter or Wonkett is getting its own version of the Slashdot Effect.

Dr. Zoidberg March 30, 2010 at 12:27 pm

[re=544503]V572625694[/re]: Damn! I literally saw your comment as I hit the Submit button for mine.

Great minds think alike?

Flanders March 30, 2010 at 12:31 pm

[re=544472]jetjaguar[/re]: Priceless.

Dumptruck March 30, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Oh the reverse of the old “the money was just resting in my account” bit

Crank Tango March 30, 2010 at 12:33 pm

[re=544474]thefrontpage[/re]: you say that like it’s a bad thing. I LOVE the fact that the moronic RNC has a moronic leader, just plain love it.

charlesdegoal March 30, 2010 at 12:35 pm

No way the credit card was rejected. She just thought the expense would look bad on a card account. Tried to be discreet, in other words. Ended up doing the exact opposite. How stupid can these Republicans be, getting repeatedly caught with their pants down? The cretins can’t even lie properly.

sati demise March 30, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Obviously this unnamed staffer, who may or may not be a woman, loves lesbian sex!

bureaucrap March 30, 2010 at 12:36 pm

[re=544501]NotthatLC[/re]: That’s what’s funny about all this — Nobody in the GOP seems to be saying that a strip club is not a right and proper place to conduct GOP business — the problem is that somebody got caught. Whomever is in charge of “petty cash” must be held to account!

thehelveticascenario March 30, 2010 at 12:37 pm

[re=544474]thefrontpage[/re]: It’s great news- FOR JOHN MCOBAMA

Aflac Shrugged March 30, 2010 at 12:40 pm

If they had only used the line of credit that Old Man Ensign set up for his son, all this embarrassment could have been avoided.

assistant/atlas March 30, 2010 at 12:40 pm

“We’re taking you to the hottest nightclub in town,” the RNC gang partying in LA told Brown.

Please note: if anyone uses this phrase on you in LA, they do not know what they are talking about.

SayItWithWookies March 30, 2010 at 12:42 pm

So the GOP is spending money it doesn’t have on activities that it wouldn’t want publicized and when it gets found out it tries like hell to get someone else to take the blame — that sounds pretty much par for the course. I’ll bet Michael Steele wishes a Republican president was running the country right now though, because right about now would be a great time to raise the terror alert level so we’d all forget about who was searching for family values in a bondage strip joint.

ArkansasFred March 30, 2010 at 12:44 pm

[re=544474]thefrontpage[/re]: The clincher? Steele maxed it out playing Erotic Photohunt.

yargisbargis March 30, 2010 at 12:44 pm

4 rounds of mojitos to top off the champnage: $400

front side seats for the masked orgy scene: $1,000

tips: $500

getting the uptight dweeb to pay for you: priceless

SmutBoffin March 30, 2010 at 12:45 pm

For Mammon’s sake, why are the R’s such fuckups? First, a fundraising presentation is leaked exhibiting how the cynically exploit their donors with dipshit narratives about SoCIaLisM, then they flaunt how they waste the money that does get donated on their worthless employees to engage in entertainment that most of their donors would find reprehensible.

A fundraising campaign that says “pay us $$ or we will poop in your mailbox” would be more honest and appealing. Really.

lollydee March 30, 2010 at 12:50 pm

I vote for ‘TittyGate’. It just rolls right off the tounge.

Mr Blifil March 30, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Yeah, this Erik Brown push-back is gonna get good. This is why you take the bindlestiff Xtian gay dude to the strip club. He’s too polite to tell you to go fuck yourself when you ask him to pay for it. If only Brown’s card had been rejected too, they would have had the snot beaten out of them and been sent to the basement room from Pulp Fiction. By rights, we should have heard about this story ages ago…

I guess we’ll soon learn how “dynamic” Erik “Doughnut Hole” Brown really is.

bureaucrap March 30, 2010 at 12:54 pm

I love the fact that the group of donors they were “courting” that night is called “Young Eagles” — it makes everything associated with them an incredibly patriotic act.

“Hey, toots, come on over and dance on the lap of a Young Eagle! For America and our boys in Afghanistan!”

BTW, TPM found out the name of the staffer responsible. Anyone know an Allison Myers?

Mr Blifil March 30, 2010 at 12:54 pm

[re=544531]lollydee[/re]: Yeah much better than “SimulatedOralSexGate”

Katydid March 30, 2010 at 12:57 pm

I find it endearing that Wonketteers know so much about how how not to get caught with your pants down, so to speak, at a bondage club, or know with certainty that Club Voyeur West is not the best bondage club in LA for hawt lesbian sex.

Our outrage over the stupidity of getting caught, and our total acceptance of, and familiarity with, lesbian bondage clubs, is a beautiful thing. This is what keeps me coming back for more.

I love you guys. Hic

SayItWithWookies March 30, 2010 at 12:59 pm

[re=544528]yargisbargis[/re]: You’ve obviously never waited on rich assholes if you think the RNC bastards tip more than 33%. It was probably closer to ten percent.
Also, in a completely unrelated incident, RNC Young Eagles coordinator Allison Meyers seems to have been fired:
http://hotlineoncall.nationaljournal.com/archives/2010/03/rnc_fires_young.php

WIDTAP March 30, 2010 at 1:05 pm

[re=544540]SayItWithWookies[/re]: She’s a local. Anyone know her? Also, she seems kind of young. Didn’t she just get out of college from Florida State in 2008?

Lascauxcaveman March 30, 2010 at 1:06 pm

I have no reason to doubt the RNC card was rejected. The junior staffer had maybe a $5000 limit on hers, and she already maxed it out that month.

In the hotel biz I run, I reject more corporate cards than personal ones. And a lot of those actually turn out out be debit cards, $500 or $1000 cards issued as ‘walking around’ money for some business type on a business trip. The customer whips out another card. No big deal.

tootsieroll March 30, 2010 at 1:10 pm

[re=544465]Jumping Jim[/re]:

I like goat cheese with my douchebagate.

Mista Eko March 30, 2010 at 1:11 pm

You don’t bring a switchblade to a gunfight.
You don’t bring anything but cash to a titty bar.
And most importantly, you don’t bring anything Orange County to anything West Hollywood.

Snidely March 30, 2010 at 1:11 pm

It’s clear the Republicans still support *bush*.

Mr Blifil March 30, 2010 at 1:12 pm

[re=544543]WIDTAP[/re]: I don’t want to draw spurious conclusions but this pic game up in my Google Search for “Allison Myers RNC”

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/images/gallery-steeleinterns5.jpg

Only saying…

Georgia Burning March 30, 2010 at 1:12 pm

My guess is that RNC cards have a transaction limit now. Thanks a lot, Palin, you ruined the fun for everybody!

NotthatLC March 30, 2010 at 1:14 pm

[re=544537]Katydid[/re]: The best way to not get caught? Is to not go in the first place.

Nice job pushing Allison up to the firing line. It’s cute that they think this is going stop people from figuring out where Steele was at the time of this little field trip.

catsquatch March 30, 2010 at 1:15 pm
Ducksworthy March 30, 2010 at 1:16 pm

[re=544490]Terry[/re]: Michael Steele is a Black guy? Wow. I though he just had a severe case of Bonerism.

Joshua Norton March 30, 2010 at 1:18 pm

You’ve obviously never waited on rich assholes if you think the RNC bastards tip more than 33%. It was probably closer to ten percent.

If you’re lucky. When I was going to College, I worked part time as a waiter for the Sheraton Boston. I waited on my share of celebrities and politicos. They usually have some flunky handle the bill and they either don’t tip at all or leave a couple bucks for a $300 tab. I’d rather wait on a table of tourists celebrating a birthday than a Kennedy and their hangers-on.

WIDTAP March 30, 2010 at 1:19 pm

[re=544550]Mr Blifil[/re]: [re=544556]catsquatch[/re]: Ok. I now understand why Erik Brown followed her into a bondage club.

Hutch March 30, 2010 at 1:20 pm

[re=544550]Mr Blifil[/re]: Dear god. Allison doesn’t look like the B&D masked lesbian orgy type, but Steele certainly does. Wouldn’t surprise me if he was a regular at Voyeur West. Just my two [horse] bits.

Flanders March 30, 2010 at 1:23 pm

[re=544550]Mr Blifil[/re]: I *recognize* her!! Of course, it was dark and I had a horse-bit in my mouth at the time, but still…!! Holy cow!

JMP March 30, 2010 at 1:31 pm

[re=544556]catsquatch[/re]: Hmm…

Allison Meyers is a fan of:
Politicians
* John McCain
* Scott Brown
* Bobby Jindal
* Bob McDonnell
* Michael Steele

Maybe my politician fucking theory was wrong, since none of them fit for a woman who went to a lesbian strip club. Or maybe she just didn’t list Bachmann to prevent suspicion.

Magnus Maximus March 30, 2010 at 1:36 pm

[re=544471]Monsieur Grumpe[/re]: Diner’s Club.

whiterabid March 30, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Back in the day, the GOP had millions and millions of dollars in a slush fund to pay for strip clubs and wiretapping. How the profession has gone downhill in the modern era.

Magnus Maximus March 30, 2010 at 1:51 pm

[re=544550]Mr Blifil[/re]: Ah hah hah hah!

Haaaa….

TGY March 30, 2010 at 1:53 pm

He who goes into a strip club with the RNC should use a long …uh…

problemwithcaring March 30, 2010 at 2:02 pm

[re=544521]bureaucrap[/re]: The Daily Show has a segment wherein John Oliver holds a microphone to this GOP rep’s face while she stands in the middle of a beachfront Hawaiian resort and says about Democrats: “People watch what you do. You have the freedom to spend your money or do whatever you want to, but with that freedom comes responsibility” with no irony.Hilarious

problemwithcaring March 30, 2010 at 2:14 pm

[re=544554]NotthatLC[/re]: From the LA Times: RNC Spokesman Doug Heye gave details of Steele’s itinerary to show that the chairman was not at the club that night. On Jan. 31, Steele was on a United Airlines flight from Hawaii to Los Angeles returning from a party meeting, Heye said. The flight left Honolulu at 10:45 p.m., a United Airlines spokesman said.

Mr Blifil March 30, 2010 at 2:16 pm

[re=544556]catsquatch[/re]: Heh, she’s not smiling much today. Here’s the story so far: At Sex Club, she maxes credit card out, gets rejected. Goes to Xtian gay douche and asks if he will foot bill. She guarantees reimbursement. He agrees. Reimbursement requested. Granted. Douche paid back. Tucker Carlson muckrakes for freedom.

What I want to know: What story did she tell the boys upstairs when she put in for the reimbursement? Why was she confident that such a flagrant plan would work? IOW who was she fucking in accounting, or higher?

Like Allison, this story has legs.

coolcatdaddy March 30, 2010 at 2:20 pm

I’m waiting for Steele’s “Checkers” speech on the matter.

“I should say this—that intern doesn’t have a mink coat. But she does have a respectable Republican leather harness. And I always tell her that she’d look good in anything…”

Lascauxcaveman March 30, 2010 at 2:39 pm

[re=544657]coolcatdaddy[/re]: LOLs, best “checkers” parody I’ve heard in some time.

Thanks for the pics, commenters above: that Allison looks a swell chick to party with.

I nominate her for “Wonkette Fun Girl of the Week.” We could make this an officially sanctioned internet vote-thing, and not put anyone else on the ballot. And at the end of the week, poor Allison will then at least a have meaningless internet award for all her fine efforts through this bummer.

GOPCrusher March 30, 2010 at 2:46 pm

[re=544545]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: Maybe they rolled up on an ATM machine and took out a cash advance in small bills. Just in case someone wanted to make it rain?

NotthatLC March 30, 2010 at 2:55 pm

[re=544638]problemwithcaring[/re]: Damn. And I was having such a good day.

slowuncle March 30, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Lesbian-Bondage-strip club?
Wow, OC sure has come up in the world since I fled the place in the ’90′s

catsquatch March 30, 2010 at 3:58 pm

[re=544650]Mr Blifil[/re]: She’ll do fine. Her milkshake will not only bring the boys to the yard, but may actually succeed in smoking out the last straight republicans in the party. Isn’t that what every republican lady wants; to raise a quiver full of home schooled assholes with a demonstrably straight man?

AnnieGetYourFun March 30, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Under 45 is considered young enough to be a “Young” Eagle? That’s great news for me! At 33, I was starting to feel old, but I guess I can return all this Preparation H and donate my money to the RNC instead.

Traveler March 30, 2010 at 5:16 pm

[re=544543]WIDTAP[/re]: Looks like she is disappearing herself – facebook profile gone as is the linkedin profile.

Truffle March 30, 2010 at 11:34 pm

As my boyfriend said, “It’s their idea of a stimulus package.”

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