The Republican National Committee spent about $30,000 in February on private airplanes and limousines. But those charges were overshadowed by the $1,946.25 charge at Voyeur West Hollywood, which was described by The Los Angeles Times last year as a “high-end nightclub” with an interior “reminiscent of the masked orgy scene” from the movie “Eyes Wide Shut.”
Republican consultant and donor Ed Brown of Orange, California, submitted a request to be reimbursed for the club visit, which he termed a "meal expense."
The incident comes against the background of Republican officials criticizing Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman Michael Steele for his spending habits. Since Steele took over the RNC last year, its funds have dropped from $22 million to $9.46 million.
Brad Woodhouse, spokesman for the Democratic National Committee, commented on the expenses:
“If limos, chartered aircraft and sex clubs are where they think their donor’s money should be spent – who are we to judge? But, this controversy shouldn’t give voters much confidence in Republicans when they say they want to be put back in charge of federal spending – not that their performance the last time they were in charge would have engendered any confidence in the first place.”