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Two top RNC officials had to sign off on fired staffer’s reimbursement of Voyeur nightclub expenses

Two top Republican National Committee officials have to sign-off on every dime the committee reimburses to staffers.

Both RNC finance director Rob Bickhart and chief administrative officer Boyd Rutherford are required to approve each reimbursement that staffers request, according to a source familiar with the inner workings of the RNC, but who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid disrupting relationships.

Over the past day, the RNC’s reimbursement practices have been questioned after The Daily Caller reported that the RNC reimbursed almost $2,000 of a bar tab at a risqué, bondage-themed nightclub in Hollywood for young donors. Following the report, Allison Meyers, the staffer who submitted the re-imbursement, was fired.

RNC communications director Doug Heye declined to comment for this story or confirm the reimbursement process.

But Democratic National Committee spokesman Brad Woodhouse suggested that in addition to Meyers, others are to blame too. “Someone had to cut a check for the reimbursement and that had to be signed by someone,” Woodhouse said. “Then this had to be listed on an FEC report that is reviewed by a team of accountants and has to be signed off on by someone in senior management before that report is filed.”

Asked to explain the DNC’s reimbursement process, Woodhouse said they “have a lot of checks and balances” and that their rule of hand is adopting “the ‘Would-you-want-to-see this-reported-in-the-paper?’ standard.”

At the RNC, the process for getting reimbursed appears to be fairly simple: Staffers asking for reimbursement have to submit a form explaining exactly what the reimbursement if for. They also are required to attach a receipt.

Despite a formal process, those receipts may not be scrutinized as hard under chairman Michael Steele as they were under other chairmanships, one informed source privately told The Daily Caller, citing a “lack of knowledge” at the RNC.

“There’s no adult supervision,” said the Republican very familiar with the RNC financial process, when questioned on the current financial structure. Asked about prior RNC administrations, the Republican said, “everything was scrutinized.”

Former chief financial officer Jay Banning, who had been with the committee for over 30 years, left the RNC when Steele took over as chairman.

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  • akw1

    You know, it’s pretty obvious that you are continuing this story in an effort to help drive Steele out of office. You have now destroyed two people’s careers – the staffer and the donor, yet you continue to allow anonymous sources and Democrats to pour more gasoline on the fire.

    Enough. A good scoop is one thing. A public lynching is another.

  • thelastbrainleft

    Drop this already!

    Jeez. Enough. Who cares? Only Democrats.

  • baal

    Wow, some young frat boys went to a strip club..that’s fascinating. Our beloved leader never did anything like that. No, he was too busy working for the Slumlord Tony Rezko.
    Hmmm….I’m trying to do the math on this one but….isn’t working for a slumlord sleazier than going to a strip club?

    No, this is not OK if party money was involved, but for it to be as scummy as working for a slumlord they’d have to be forcing cub scouts to smoke crack with Marion Barry before… oh never mind.

    • theneighborhoodguy

      baal: Here’s one for you.

      What’s sleazier than a community organizer taking money from SEIU, ACORN, AFL-CIO, Teamsters, George Soros, John Podesta, and a crooked Chicago banker, while getting sweetheart property deals from a slum lord, while at an avowed terrorist’s home for a fundraiser with his America hating, race baiting pastor of 20 years?

      uh…I got nothin’…maybe you could be so kind as to provide the answer.

  • hurtzallot

    JoeInMichigan see how this sits with you IF it’s allowed to post. Just got through watching that Conservative talk show host Ed Schultz he and his guest had flattering things to say about the DC Caller.

    Joan Walsh (of SALON.COM) appearing on the ED show 3-30-2010. “Special thanks to my good friend Tucker Carlson for first reporting on this story.” Good-friend? I’m definitely not where I thought I was, back where I belong in the “rightosphere.”

    This isn’t the Conservatives answer to the Huffington Post, it is the Huffington Post without the accent. Prediction…site will be an epic failure now the “truth” is being unveiled, if not today tomorrow. I hope CNN is as forgiving as FOX News won’t be.

    • JoeInMichigan

      Yeah – I mean, I’m all for Truth, Honesty, and Journalistic Objectivity.
      But in the new world, it’s a zero-sum game.
      I’ve always liked FoxNews’s “Fair & Balanced” motto just because it’s a not-very-well-disguised poke in the eye to the MSM, in that what it really means is “We’re here to even things up a bit, you m***** f*****s.”
      Right now, we don’t need journalistic purity, in its old sense. There are hundreds of “news” outfits out there perfectly willing to investigate and report on crap like this – as long as it’s the Right that gets hurt – and just as willing to ignore the same behavior from the left.
      Screw ‘em.
      Play by their rules till they cry “uncle”.
      Then we can talk about objectivity.

    • theneighborhoodguy

      You go hurt…Our man Tucker needs to get his bow tie back on… in the “right” direction.

      I still say this is an inside job by a number of angry Republicans that want him gone…and have wanted him gone for a couple years now…and this is the perfect cover. The man has NEVER been an asset to true Conservatives and will be gone for the “good of the party” before the end of April…mark my words.

      • anniebanannie

        I’m getting a sense of “return our phone calls or else” .

  • sandra3dee

    All those who have contributed to the RNC say ‘thank you’ for the token firing. How about a sincere apology and a “we’ll be more careful how we spend your money in the future”?

    • theneighborhoodguy

      Sorry…not me. I am inclined to believe you must cut off the head of the s nake.

  • JoeInMichigan

    Please tell me the DC jumped on this story in order to get it out before the MSM could spin it much more negatively. Pretty please?
    I had really high hopes for this site – I really did.

  • bobmac

    Okay,we get it it.People have to go.Now who gives a rat’s ass when Fidel Obama is sending the country into socialism.

  • eddie s

    I have been touting for 2 years that Ken Steele needs to go…The man is just not a Leader..He does almost nothing on a daily basis to reassure the dedicated non-millionaire hard working taxpaying Republicans out here.. We are not the elite and I feel Mr. Steele can and will only identify with the type mentioned….We need a leader, not a yes man, or a competulator, or a compromiser…Not once have I read a headline with something like “Steele Believes HealthCare Bill Sucks” or something like that in the typical double speak of Washington…We need a brave man, not a wimp, Sarah Palin no matter what anybody says has more guts and courage than the wimp we have now running things…and I believe would do a 1000% better job than mealy mouth Steele.. It is time for a change and he needs to go….

    On another level,, with our family values in mind,,,why are we hosting Young men at strip clubs??? I have two daughters and I find that the men of Washington totally disrespect woemen, granted most of them deserve it, but in no way should our leadership sponsor strip clubs or whore house visits or naked women on Yachts…Keep your ego in your pants guys, and respect your wives and children….your not Tiger Woods, you are supposed to represent family values, not selling your daughters to the highest bidder…

    • Ankhorite

      Are you mixing up Ken Blackwood and Michael Steele?

      That’s just EMBARRASSING.

      And Palin doesn’t have guts. She was willing to put her 17-year-old daughter Bristol’s premarital pregnancy in the spotlight without ever standing up and talking about her OWN premarital pregnancy. She dragged her six-or-seven-year-old daughter Piper onto the ice at a hockey game because — as she herself announced before the game — she thought the crowd wouldn’t boo her if she hid behind her toddler.

      http://www.eandppub.com/2008/10/hockey-mom-pali.html

      • theneighborhoodguy

        Relevance?

        Didn’t think so…Palin hating troll.

        • Ankhorite

          You didn’t read Eddie S’s post, claiming Palin has guts and decrying selling out your daughters? She doesn’t have guts, and she does use her daughters in appalling ways.

      • anniebanannie

        Talk about embarrassing, you should know with that post.

        Troll… and a liar at that.

        • Ankhorite

          Ah, sorry… I can’t help it if the truth hurts, I can’t help it if you can’t count to nine, and I can’t help it if you never read a real mainstream newspaper.

  • hurtzallot

    Speaking on the grounds of anonymity I say this VERY important and unequivocally important story, while our country is bankrupt, our leaders are ignoring our voices, the POTUS is enacting government takeovers and intrusions into every of Americans life, is going to put DC Caller on the map…a very small map.

    • anniebanannie

      You look good in the sunlight, btw. Are you officially out of moderation hell?

      • hurtzallot

        Thanks I really like you…I think the moderators are referring to it as Purgatory now.

      • hurtzallot

        BTW…You know what they say about sunlight being the best disinfectant?…it’s overrated.

      • theneighborhoodguy

        I call it the Devil’s armpit…moderation that is…not Scorpi’s new hang out.

        • scorpioman

          You missed me while I was being censured?

        • theneighborhoodguy

          censured or censored? And scrotiman, thanks for the big NOTHIN’ with the e-moronous one…can’t wait for you to get banned again…but we’ll be waiting right here ready with our big red dingers.

          Not to worry.

      • theneighborhoodguy

        you two need to get a room LMAO.

        • anniebanannie

          Know a good bondage-themed resort? I haven’t heard any mentioned lately.

          • theneighborhoodguy

            Might I refer you to old scrotum man…he might not partake, but he sure as hell knows where they are.

        • anniebanannie

          I bet old scrotum is a one-toofed old lady posting in her old yellow slip and bathrobe token on a cigar. Bets?

          oh, and curlers, don’t forget curlers.

          • theneighborhoodguy

            No kiddo, you got him all wrong…except for the slip color (banana pudding)…visualize Jamie Farr on a 3 day ouzo bender, then imagine him a scorned ex-republican with a really wicked case of the “Mommy didn’t breast feed me”, and throw in those “envy” green open toed espadrille slides… viola!

          • anniebanannie

            I’m starting to worry about you. You are quite the fashinista!!

          • theneighborhoodguy

            no annie…just an observant male…scroti is the fashionista…or so I would imagine.