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'Young Eagles' director Allison Meyers fired from RNC in bondage club controversy

By Dan Eggen
The staffer fired by the Republican National Committee for authorizing a $2,000 payment for a night out at a bondage-themed club was the head of the Young Eagles, a GOP program aimed at cultivating major donors under 45 years old, Republicans familiar with the details of the case said Tuesday.

Allison Meyers, the Young Eagles director, asked the RNC to reimburse a GOP consultant for the costs of a Jan. 31 after-party event for young Republicans at Voyeur in West Hollywood, Calif., which features topless female dancers wearing bondage gear and simulating sex acts. Meyers' identity was first reported by the National Journal's Hotline.

The disbursement of money for the Voyeur gathering has become a major embarrassment for the RNC and its high-profile chairman, Michael S. Steele, at a time when the GOP is hoping to capitalize on an energized conservative base for this year's midterm elections. The RNC acknowledged late Monday it had fired an unnamed staffer over the affair, but spokesman Doug Heye declined to comment Tuesday on whether Meyers was the staffer who was let go.

The trip to Voyeur took place after an official RNC Young Eagles dinner at the Beverly Hills Hotel attended by about 50 young Republican donors, according to the RNC and other officials. Hotline, citing several unidentified sources, said Meyers organized both the official RNC event and the after-party at the club. About a dozen young Republicans, including Meyers, attended the Voyeur gathering, GOP officials said.

One of those in attendance was Erik Brown, a GOP consultant and donor whose company, Dynamic Marketing Inc., has earned about $160,000 from GOP campaigns. GOP officials said Meyers tried to put the $1,946.25 tab on a credit card but was rejected; Meyers then asked Brown to cover the bill with promises that the RNC would reimburse him, these officials said. Brown has not responded to e-mails and telephone messages seeking his side of the story.

The RNC cut a check to Brown on Feb. 4, which was dutifully reported on a Federal Election Commission expense form that exploded into the news cycle this week. Brown has already lost business because his name immediately became linked to the scandal. Chuck DeVore, a conservative GOP candidate for U.S. Senate in California, announced Monday that he was severing ties with Brown and DMI, which has offices in Washington and Los Angeles.

The RNC, for its part, has been eager to distance itself from the Voyeur visit, emphasizing that Steele was flying back from Hawaii at the time of the gathering and had no idea about the expense reimbursement. In an internal e-mail obtained Monday by The Washington Post, RNC chief of staff Ken McKay wrote: "Our investigation has determined that following a Young Eagles event in Los Angeles, a group of individuals did attend such a club on their own. This was not an RNC sanctioned event and was not associated in any way with any RNC official event."

McKay also wrote that the fired RNC staffer, who is not named in the memo, "was aware that this activity was not eligible for reimbursement and had been previously counseled on this very subject."

The RNC's young donors program, which requires annual donations of $2,500 to $7,500 per person depending on age, has come under fire for its sometimes edgy approach to fundraising. For example, Young Eagles donors are scheduled to gather for a retreat in North Carolina on April 22 at a firearms training facility run by Xe Services, the controversial military contractor previously known as Blackwater, which has been dogged with allegations of civilian killings and other abuses in U.S. war zones.

By Dan Eggen  |  March 30, 2010; 3:34 PM ET
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I agree man. It would be great if decent family men like Sen. Reid could openly have gay extramarital affairs and not be denounced by the likes of filthy, Godless liberals, socialists and other thinking people.

Posted by: citizenma | April 3, 2010 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Boy, the poor Republicans just can't catch a break. When they moralize on homosexuality, they're demonized as intolerant.

When they try to participate in and embrace the culture, while providing direct economic stimulus to a small business, they're called reckless.

It's precisely this damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't hypocrisy that drives good, decent family men like Larry (Sen. Widestance) Craig to seek anonymous hookups in airport men's rooms.

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Posted by: fdsauiofdajkl | March 30, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Richard18 | March 30, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Why didn't the GOP simply whip Allison Meyers and then have her work off the $2000 as a bondage slave?

Wouldn't that be more in character with these Republican perverts?

Posted by: Andrea_KC | March 30, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

The RNC acted appropriately in firing the staffer who screwed up. Now, having said that, this was not taxpayer money being wasted, but money freely donated to an organization, and donors can (and should) think again about donating money to this or any other political organization. But how about an expose on the Dems wasting of all of our money that was not voluntarily given, and that they need to be better stewards of. I speak particularly of recently released documentation about Nancy Pelosi's use of taxpayer provided airline transportation and quite the impressive bar tab on board. Funny how the transgressions of the right are MSM top stories and front page news, and similar waste from the left is not reported. The right usually holds its members accountable when they screw up. How about the left doing the same? I'll surely not be holding my breath for that.

Posted by: erumph1 | March 30, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

How could this gal have planned such an excursion without the express approval of a supervisor? Is this another case of the grunt taking the blame for the decisions of management?

Posted by: Pupster | March 30, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Young Eagles, huh? Any relation to the Eagle Forum?

Posted by: ItshotinPHX | March 30, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Today's young donors are tomorrows old leaders. I guess we know that the future of the Republican party will look like.

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Posted by: nowhine | March 30, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

If this story surprises you, then you haven't been paying attention. Makes socialism look pretty respectable...

Posted by: AHappyWarrior | March 30, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope the GOP never fires Steele. His idiocy is a gift that just keeps on giving and never fails to provide endless laughs.

Posted by: checkered1 | March 30, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Is this the "hip hop sensability" the chairman steele said?

Posted by: pvogel88 | March 30, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Ollie North said all the money went to charity!!

Who would ever believe anything Ollie North said?

Posted by: glynnjp1 | March 30, 2010 8:02 PM
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Hey Ollie - I thought all the money went to the Contras?

Posted by: palmtree2001 | March 30, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like the guy's job was to recruit young, male Republicans. Maybe the GOP should consider Mark Foley as a replacement.

Posted by: Andrea_KC | March 30, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Young Eagles. Jeezus. That's every bit as gag-worthy as the old YAF. Just exchange the pocket protectors for flag pins. If you don't know what YAF stands for, you definitely are of age for the Young Eagles.

Posted by: st50taw
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It was YAFF, Young Americans For Freedom. As a 13 year old, ignorantly thinking it was patriotic, I marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to their pro Viet Nam was rally at City Hall. Returning to Brooklyn Tech 20 or so of us cheered to G.I.s wearing CIBs and Achon Valley medals. They walked over to us and gave us the real skinny, telling us nearly all grunts had one thought, not to win a stupid useless war, but to get back to the real world alive. We all went from pro-war to anti-war. We knew from them, they did not want to burn villages down but you do as ordered.

Posted by: jameschirico | March 30, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Allison Meyers - a welcome addition to the clan at the House on C Street!

. . . party like your hair's on fire!!!!!

Posted by: palmtree2001 | March 30, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

And this is the best that the Republicans can up with for director, of what youth? S A D
Maybe the RNC is getting a bit kinky?
Gold Standard man, Ron Paul looks pretty good.

Posted by: peterroach | March 30, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

This truely is funny in two ways. The fact that the GOP is desperately trying to recruit new blood as its core rank and file of the easily-spooked and fear-manipulated elderly are dying of in droves speaks volumes of how completely prehistoric the GOP has become. Add in that they have to use a topless, bondage bar to arouse and liquor-up new pledges so they'll write fat checks is proof that the GOP has nothing of substance to offer but certainly knows how to pander to the head that doesn't do the thinking.

I'm waiting for the revelation that the GOP had taken closeted recruits to gay bars to fill the ranks as well. It wouldn't be a surprise and it points to their being an equal opportunity party as long as no-one in their "club" admits their TRUE sexual orientation.

Posted by: bfjackjernigan | March 30, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Young Eagles. Jeezus. That's every bit as gag-worthy as the old YAF. Just exchange the pocket protectors for flag pins. If you don't know what YAF stands for, you definitely are of age for the Young Eagles.

Posted by: st50taw | March 30, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

This truely is funny in two ways. The fact that the GOP is desperately trying to recruit new blood as its core rank and file of the easily-spooked and fear-manipulated elderly are dying of in droves speaks volumes of how completely prehistoric the GOP has become. Add in that they have to use a topless, bondage bar to arouse and liquor-up new pledges so they'll write fat checks is proof that the GOP has nothing of substance to offer but certainly knows how to pander to the head that doesn't do the thinking.

I'm waiting for the revelation that the GOP had taken closeted recruits to gay bars to fill the ranks as well. It wouldn't be a surprise and it points to their being an equal opportunity party as long as no-one in their "club" admits their TRUE sexual orientation.

Posted by: bfjackjernigan | March 30, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Ollie North said all the money went to charity!!

Who would ever believe anything Ollie North said?

Posted by: glynnjp1 | March 30, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

I think Republicans do S&M better than Democrats. Even tho' the Democrats are political masochists, it's not something you want to watch.

Posted by: 1230slim | March 30, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

And rightwingers wonder why people are fed up with them. The party of family values, and then charging the party for this entertainment. Well I just that is slightly better than solicting gay sex, especially with a wide stance.

Posted by: ksobserver1 | March 30, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

See through the camoflauge. Anytime you see something that turns your stomach, you can almost guess, there's a channel of corruption flowing on the other side.

Great deflective technique guys.

How 'bout you try the distractive ploy absent the misogyny... it's a dead give away...and it's getting old.

Posted by: lwfl | March 30, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

An the Republicans claim they are the ones with the tight purse strings.

Posted by: camasca | March 30, 2010 7:44 PM
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Well there's something tight on Republicans but it ain't their purse strings!

Posted by: palmtree2001 | March 30, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party believe that they and only they can save American from moral bankruptcy however they can never seem to avoid the hypocrasy of being unable themselves from maintaining the high moral road themselves.Hypocrasy seems to be thier calling card along with fear!

Posted by: ka0mr | March 30, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

I don't know that I care much that Republicans went to a bondage-style lesbian bar (other than how darned hypocritical they are), but encouraging the use of brutal private armies in any way is horrific.

I guess they do get their jollies from torture.

Posted by: sarahabc | March 30, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

New nominee for the dumbest thing ever said on the interent:
"Yet when a black rapes a white woman (which happens far more frequently than a GOPer visiting a strip club), these same leftists go to great lengths to make sure that not 'all blacks' are lumped in with the bad ones."

Congratulations to NowSwimBack

Posted by: backwoods_intellect | March 30, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party . . .

Morally bankrupt . . .
Utterly corrupt . . .
Utterly shameless

. . . and still able to convince stupid Americans to vote against their own best interests.

. . . I mean really - would you buy a car from John Boehner?

Posted by: palmtree2001 | March 30, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

An the Republicans claim they are the ones with the tight purse strings.

Posted by: camasca | March 30, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

As a talentless New England frat boy, I may have to cross party lines and make my first donation to the RNC, assuming this perk is still valid through the end of the month.

Posted by: Akger117 | March 30, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Caution: conservative "values" on display!

Posted by: BigTrees | March 30, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

No wonder there's a gender gap. How on earth are these people supposed to represent women?

Posted by: MNUSA | March 30, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Meyers is the "fall gal" in this throw down....

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | March 30, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

"$2000",..
Peanuts, that wouldn't evan cover Senator Vitter's yearly diaper cleaning service.

Posted by: tniederberger | March 30, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

dpko1, does this mean that Meyers sucked at her job? Or that she simply blew it? If it was just a one night stand, why would she so quickly be jerked off her job? Did she rub someone the wrong way? Did she assume a compromising position? Was Michael Steele hot to see Meyers go down?

So many questions!!!

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | March 30, 2010 6:03 PM
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Yes my friend, these are indeed important questions and you can bet that Michael Steele is chomping at the bit to get the bottom of them. And from what I hear, the Young Eagles were all choked up when they realized what they had gotten themselves into. I hear that this story made GOP up and comers like Rep. Mike Pence gag, and that when the story broke, Orrin Hatch was in Cleveland, steamed as he could be. But don't worry, the Republicans will not be handcuffed by this scandal for too long, and they will be back like the Angry Pirates that they are!

Posted by: losthorizon10 | March 30, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Despicable. Why should we care about your other opinions?
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Can't help but point out the hypocrisy - one Republican does something wrong and suddenly the leftists say it's 'all Republicans'. Yet when a black rapes a white woman (which happens far more frequently than a GOPer visiting a strip club), these same leftists go to great lengths to make sure that not 'all blacks' are lumped in with the bad ones.

Posted by: NowSwimBack

Posted by: stephenghowe | March 30, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

It's really a hoot to watch the republican defense here -- it was just 2k, no big deal, etc. Had the, er, shoe been on other foot, these same apologists would have been screaming about the godless immoral democrats leading the country to doom. But when it's their own bloody kind, then it's okay, nothing to worry about. The hypocrisy is, well, what can one say. I have nothing but contempt for these people.

Posted by: lstrauss2 | March 30, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

I admit I'm enjoying seeing the family values party eat their own but let's be fair, 12 guys go to a strip club to celebrate and spend $167/ea.
Does anyone know what a round of drinks cost at Voyeur's in West Hollywood?
On the surface it seems the 12 guy's were doing some heavy duty drinking, did they buy drinks for the strippers, bartender or anyone else.
Let's wait to see what bar tab breakdown is before jumping to conclusions.
In the mean time I'm still having fun watching Big Mike do some splaining.

Posted by: The-Historian | March 30, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

RNC better Fire their' advisors from top to bottom. After all, look at the $Mess they put America into with BUSHie TAX cuts for $RICH Elitists, and the BUSHie WARs for $Profit. And the BUSHie send the Livable-Wage JOBS over-seas! da! No wonder hundreds of thousands of registered Republicans are so quiet, and embarrAssed. - Thank God, I never voted for BUSH,- cause history will no doubt declare him the Great American Idea 'DESTROYER'! This last week-end I asked 14 Independents if they would vote GOP this fall. ha!- Everyone said are you crazy,-- those fools have Economically & Constitutionally & Morally destroyed Our Republic.

Posted by: jward52 | March 30, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele needs a placard on his desk that states: THE BUCK STOPS HERE

That the "young donors club" is planning a retreat at a facility run by Xe (Blackwater) should raise red flags at the GOP headquarters immediately. How's that spa workin' for ya?

Posted by: talitha1 | March 30, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

McKay also wrote that the fired RNC staffer, who is not named in the memo, "was aware that this activity was not eligible for reimbursement and had been previously counseled on this very subject."

Ummm, people, aren't we missing the lede here? How many times had she tried to submit racy expenses before this? Was it to the Voyeur Club or some other strip joint? This is getting good ... and, yes, of course Dems go to sleazy places, too. We're just more open about it (and not stupid enough to submit it in a way that ends up on an FEC reporting form required from BOTH parties).

Posted by: Omyobama | March 30, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Bill O'Reilly has naked pictures of Allison Meyers for sale at his website. Buy two, and he'll throw in or up, a photo of Sean Hannity too.

Posted by: pookiecat | March 30, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

What's this? Republican's eating their young?

Posted by: free-donny | March 30, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

What's this? Republican's eating their young?

Posted by: free-donny | March 30, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Those Republicans are such scamps! They'll also the biggest bunch of ethically bankrupt, terminally greedy hypocrites that ever slithered across the face of the earth. See you losers in 2012, better get your crying (or in your case WHINING) towels out.

Posted by: Bushwhacked1 | March 30, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Message to all RNC, AEI, and Christian Militia Members,:

The annual AVN (Adult Video News) Convention takes place at the L.A. Convention Center in April. If you show your "tea bag" at the door, you might get selected for the S&M bondage exhibition. I heard Karl Rove will be signing copies of his book there too. Let's soar with the "Young Eagles" and wear our collars that say, "Sarah Palin, You Betcha!"

Posted by: pookiecat | March 30, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

WaPo, you have really given a lot of ink to the $2,000 questionable expenditures in a California gyp joint.

Now, can you give some ink to the MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN PAY OFFS TO FLORIDA, LOUISIANA, CONN, and MICH to get the health care bill through.

While you are at it, could you shed some light on how many campaign contributions were expended by John Edwards to keep his girl friend hidden and quite? Was it over $2,000, and just how close did he come to being either the running mate of Obama, or the nominee? Would love to hear your indepth
prognostications!

At the same time, update us on the amount of money Charlie Rangel owes the IRS in back taxes. Do you think it might just exceed $2,000?

Thank you WaPo. Know you are on the cases!!

Posted by: wheeljc | March 30, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

more "do as I say, not as I do" from the Grand Old Obstructionists. Yawn. Is this kind of stuff even news anymore?

Posted by: Sam888 | March 30, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

I love, LOVE, all the anxious little Republicans trying to steer us away from this. "Why is this even news?" "The *real* story is [pick your Republicans-lost-HCR-bigtime spin narrative]." When this stuff happens with Democrats, nobody defends them--not one Democrat stuck up for that slime John Edwards. When it happens to Republicans? They either deny it's happening (Larry Craig) or try to convince you that's "not the real story." Here's why it *is*--because your party cannot seem to stay out of our bedrooms. They think that have the right to legislate what they deem as morality--and even Caesar Augustus couldn't make that one fly. When you're demonizing homosexuality and abortion, you best not be caught at strip bars and leather joints.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHHA!!!! Love it! This is the cherry on top of the HCR sundae.

Posted by: NYC123 | March 30, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

The matter of importance in this story is that Ms. Meyers was FIRED for what she did. The Republican Party, like any other group of human beings, includes people who will engage in immoral activity. But she was dismissed from her post of responsibilty when her part in it became known.

Now, the Democrat Party leadership would appear to have no such compunction regarding such behavior. Indeed, a man like Kevin Jennings, leading Obama's Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, can laugh in public about his own alcohol and illegal drug use, ignore statutory rape as a school counselor, and teach school children how to perform dangerous homosexual acts. Is he fired for this? Not at all. A public outcry can't dislodge a sexual deviant from the Obama administration, but let the Republicans try to deal substantively with such an issue, and we hear mockery. Witness the multitude of comments here for an example.

Posted by: Pillar | March 30, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

This staffer seems like Wall Street material. I am sure the staffer will turn up again but this time bringing checks to Republicans not spending. Once you are in the club....

Posted by: NewThoughts | March 30, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

"You will know them by their fruit"
Wow, I guess!

Posted by: lunetrick | March 30, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

republicans showing their true colors. I KNEW IT!

Posted by: Derka | March 30, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans have the "Young Eagles".

And the democrats have the "Young Nazis"

Posted by: dashriprock | March 30, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

YOUNG REPUBLICANS STRIP CLUB CHENEY SPECIAL:

You can be tied securely to a waterboard,
Lace panties securely stuffed down your throat,
Pee down your mouth to simulate water boarding!

REPUBLICAN SPECIAL ONLY $200.00 WITH A BOTTLE OF WINE TO STICK UP YOUR *** AND
MAKE YOU SCREAM WITH PLEASURE REPUBLICAN STYLE! OH YES NAMED AFTER OUR FRIEND DICK!

Posted by: deborahzaki | March 30, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Is this what the tea partiers were referring to when they said "we want our country back"? Well I am glad that I am an American and look forward to the progressive America not backward.

How many other events such as this has taken place that we don't know about?

Posted by: sun52shine | March 30, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

C'mon and fly like an Eagle . . .

Posted by: palmtree2001 | March 30, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

"Let the Eeeeeeaaaagle soar.....Let him flap his flappy wings above the fruited plain......Let the Eeeeeeeaaagle soar....all patrioty and stuff...representing the real americans......."

Sung to the tune of former Attorney General Ashcroft's "Let the Eagle Soar".

Posted by: swatkins1 | March 30, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Hey, it's the Party of Larry Craig, Ted Haggard, Rush Limbaugh, Matt Drudge, Mark Foley and family values.

If you want to entertain a big time donor, naturally you take them to a gay bondage bar in the "boys town" section of West Hollywood.

Posted by: Andrea_KC | March 30, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

dpko1, does this mean that Meyers sucked at her job? Or that she simply blew it? If it was just a one night stand, why would she so quickly be jerked off her job? Did she rub someone the wrong way? Did she assume a compromising position? Was Michael Steele hot to see Meyers go down?

So many questions!!!

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | March 30, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Young Eagles? Teabaggers? Sounds like it's time for a reunion of "The Village People"!

Posted by: swatkins1 | March 30, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

"Young eagles"? Sounds more like "young buzzards".

Posted by: hogsmile | March 30, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: esch "Michael Steele cleaned up this mess pretty fast."

"The RNC cut a check to Brown on Feb. 4"

Yeah it took almost 2 months and headline news stories to clean up a $2000 discrepancy.

What's it going to take for him to win an election for his candidates?

Posted by: frantaylor | March 30, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Soooo, what was a nice Jewish girl, sounds like,
doing in a place like that?

And don't ya love the part where a Bondage Club doesn't think the GOP is good for it's credit card bill?

But who knows what the real facts are here, everyone points at the next guy. More innocent people you couldn't ask for.

One thing is sure, the GOP is CLOWN CITY, perfect foil for the Tea Partiers.
(more, more)

And the College REpublicans and Young Republicans are the scags they've been since the fist Reagan administration.

Posted by: whistling | March 30, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

The Price of Sean Hannity's Freedom Concerts, Who Gets [Most] and Who Gets [Little Or Nothing]

Media Matters demands Fox News host respond to CREW filing complaints with FTC, IRS

Washington, D.C. -- Today, Media Matters for America responded to news that Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) had filed complaints with the FTC and the IRS against Fox News host Sean Hannity, his Freedom Concerts, the Freedom Alliance, and fellow Fox News host Oliver North. CREW alleges that while Hannity has promoted the concerts on his show, claiming that "100 percent of the donations are applied to the Freedom Alliance scholarship fund," the money actually goes to Premiere Marketing. (Duane Ward heads both Premiere Marketing and Premiere Speakers Bureau -- which exclusively represents Hannity and North.) According to CREW, Premiere Marketing, in turn, donates an unknown portion of the proceeds to Freedom Alliance.

"These are serious allegations that Sean Hannity, Oliver North, and their agent must address," said Eric Burns, president of Media Matters for America. "Hannity's listeners were told that '100 percent' of their money was going toward scholarships for the children of service members. If, in fact, this is not the case, these donors deserve to know how their money is being spent."

BACKGROUND:

From CREW's release [emphasis in original]:

Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed complaints with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) against Sean Hannity, his Freedom Concerts, the Freedom Alliance and Lt. Col. Oliver North. Copies of the complaints were also sent to the attorney generals of the states in which concerts are scheduled to be held this summer.

CREW's FTC complaint alleges Hannity and Freedom Concerts have engaged in illegal and deceptive marketing practices by suggesting that all money generated by ticket sales for the Freedom Concerts he sponsors each summer goes to scholarships for children of killed and wounded service members. In fact, the concerts are staged by Premiere Marketing, which is headed by Duane Ward -- also the head of Premiere Speakers Bureau, which exclusively represents Mr. Hannity and Lt. Col. North. After staging the concerts, Premiere donates an unknown portion of the concert proceeds to the Freedom Alliance.

Hannity has promoted the concerts on his show, making statements such as, "Every penny, 100 percent of the donations are applied to the Freedom Alliance scholarship fund." Similarly, promoting the concert on Hannity's program, Lt. Col. North has said, "There's no overhead. There's no expenses taken out. Every penny that's donated or that's raised through things like the Freedom Concerts" goes to the scholarship fund." In addition, Hannity has pledged that all the proceeds of his new book, "Conservative Victory," will go to Freedom Alliance.

Posted by: omaarsblade | March 30, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele cleaned up this mess pretty fast.

Posted by: esch | March 30, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

The GOP --What a party, really! On one side you have the Tea Partiers, and the gun toting vigilantes. On another there's the screeching of Sarah Palin, and then there's Steele and his Young Eagles.

Who wouldn't run against that sort of thing!

Posted by: rlampe | March 30, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Today's young donors are tomorrows old leaders. I guess we know that the future of the Republican party will look like.

Posted by: twm1 | March 30, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I miss the good ol' days when Republicans felt free to violate the Constitution so long as they led moral, upr[t?]ight lives and Democrats felt free to rape and pillage so long as they upheld the Constitution. Newt Gingrich was the first to recognize that by combining Democratic and Republican misbehavior, he could eliminate the need for a second party.

Posted by: tcement | March 30, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

So, after the rich, fat, over-aged white frat boys have a blast at the strip club, they head off for more fun and games at the shooting range.

Were the girls stripping off military fatigues, courtesy of Blackwater(Xe). Their profits come from their tax-payer funded mercenary work sent their way by born-again Bush. They are the 'Christian' crusaders he sent to kill Muslims in Iraq.

Posted by: thebobbob | March 30, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Soooo, what was a nice Jewish girl, sounds like,
doing in a place like that?

And don't ya love the part where a Bondage Club doesn't think the GOP is good for it's credit card bill?

But who knows what the real facts are here, everyone points at the next guy. More innocent people you couldn't ask for.

One thing is sure, the GOP is CLOWN CITY, perfect foil for the Tea Partiers.
(more, more)

And the College REpublicans and Young Republicans are the scags they've been since the fist Reagan administration.

Posted by: whistling | March 30, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

"This story is going nowhere."

Yes the Republican party has to fire one of its directors because of his inability to control the budget.

Please tell me why they needed to go to the extreme measure of firing the guy?

Normally people get a chance to resign to "spend more time with the family" and save face, but they just HAD to hang this dirty laundry out.

Why? Because the story is NOT going away.

Posted by: frantaylor | March 30, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

It is not the fact that the RNC paid the Bill it is the fact the RNC attended the affair.

It is obvious to me, what is important to the GOP, strip clubs, tax breaks for the wealthy to 'go to strip clubs', tax breaks for big business to 'go to strip clubs', and tax breaks for health professionals so they can go 'to strip clubs.'

America gets it. the GOP is against health care for everyone, banking reforms, real estate reforms, but for strip club parties for themselves and their 'supporters.'

enjoy!

The GOP can go to strip clubs and have voyeur sex, and the rest of us can go see a doctor to become healthy. Equality!

Patrick

Posted by: patmatthews | March 30, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Sex clubs and "weekend warrior" faux-mercenaries.

When are Republicans going to realize that for most Americans, life isn't just some game we play?

Posted by: rogied25 | March 30, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Some 'family values' you have there Republicans. I see Democrats working hard to help the poor gain access to health care, help struggling students get loans, help the environment heal, help women everywhere, help the elderly live a longer, healthier life, and THIS kind of strip club filth along with tearing down all the Democrats try and do to help those in need, is what I see the Republicans do! NICE. Why on Earth would any real Christian vote for the lying Republicans?

Posted by: Hillary08 | March 30, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Some 'family values' you have there Republicans. I see Democrats working hard to help the poor gain access to health care, help struggling students get loans, help the environment heal, help women everywhere, help the elderly live a longer, healthier life, and THIS kind of strip club filth along with tearing down all the Democrats try and do to help those in need, is what I see the Republicans do! NICE. Why on Earth would any real Christian vote for the lying Republicans?

Posted by: Hillary08 | March 30, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

I remember a time long ago when the Republican Party stood for family values. I remember when it was everything in moderation. Seems like so long ago or maybe it is the difference in the people. Maybe this bunch of scoundrels and misfits are so desperate that they will stoop to any means to justify the ends. A good example of this is just in the last few days when a man who was once an honorable man (I thought) stooped to wallow with the likes of Sarah Palin. Just shows how far some of them have gone. I can't believe that President Obama has not recalled former president George Bush. A man that can't shake hands with a black man without wiping his hand on someones sleeve.

Posted by: racam | March 30, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

The RNC rep could have said no, that such charges aren't authorized, but I guess they don't risk doing that to potential future donors. Reminds me of "Risky Business." Anyone remember? - "My name is Joel Goodson. I deal in human fulfillment. I grossed over eight thousand dollars in one night." About nails the RNC's Young Eagle philosophy on this particular night; show them the flesh and they'll show you the money.

Posted by: SepulvedaC | March 30, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

sasquatchbigfoot, one can't help but be hard when one comes upon someone blowing it so spectacularly.

Posted by: dkp01 | March 30, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Nowswimback, how on earth is an entire race of people born a certain color comparable to members of a political party who SELF SELECT into a group of beliefs/values/morals, etc? Your racism is showing. And your ignorance.

Posted by: esmerelda123 | March 30, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Well now... "a GOP program aimed at cultivating major donors under 45 years old"... I thought that was what the Capitol Page Program was all about. I suppose you have to take a wide stance on something, right GOP?

Posted by: JenAZ | March 30, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

How appropriate: the RNC goes to a club where you get kicked in the behind and then you get all tied up by a powerful woman. Sounds like their recent experience in the House of Representatives.

Posted by: losthorizon10 | March 30, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I thought this was an interesting quote regarding an RNC email about the RNC staffer

"was aware that this activity was not eligible for reimbursement and had been previously counseled on this very subject."

Note "previously counseled on this very subject". Does this mean there are more of these? Time to dig.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | March 30, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like the perfect venue for a bunch of obese young conservative 40-year-old virgins.

Posted by: kevrobb | March 30, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

More like young turkeys.

Posted by: SarahBB | March 30, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Oh, dpk1, I think you're being too hard on her.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | March 30, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Almost missed the Blackwater/Xe connection to the RNC at the end of the article.

Strippers and mercenaries... talk about family values.

Posted by: brian_away | March 30, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

So the Republicans are for same-sex marriage only if it's seen through a glass cage then?

Posted by: mech_knight | March 30, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

So if Meyers' card had not been rejected, the RNC would have paid for this directly. By having Brown pay and then be reimbursed , the charge was disclosed on the FEC forms. How many other similar charges have been made on RNC cards and passed through on staffers expense reports? Are those expenses itemized on teh FEC filings? Are they just charged off as "meals" ? Did Meyers explain to her boss what happened that her card was rejected and that Brown paid? Who signed off on all this ? She was counseled about this before ? About what ? The the type of venue? The practice of having Young Eagles pay and then be reimbursed ? Of being so cozy with a guy who got $160,000 worth of GOP campaign business? My guess is that there is a lot more smoldering here. Maybe even enough heat to melt "Steele".

Posted by: jmsbh | March 30, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

nowswimback wrote>>>Yet when a black rapes a white woman (which happens far more frequently than a GOPer visiting a strip club), these same leftists go to great lengths to make sure that not 'all blacks' are lumped in with the bad ones.

Wow - you've got a bad case of rightwing radio that's taught you to connect things that don't connect.

Posted by: angie12106 | March 30, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

"Young Eagles" sounds like a name Mussolini would have thought up.

Lucky these young conservatives don't take themselves too seriously or anything.

Posted by: kevrobb | March 30, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Just when I needed a good laugh, thanks GOP--the Getting it On Party!

Posted by: writinron | March 30, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

So the GOP likes to watch lesbians?

Posted by: jlm062002 | March 30, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I checked out the web site for Voyeur. VERY NICE!

(Wish they would post more photos, though.)

Hey, after the Jeff Gannon/Guckert --Larry Craig -- Mark Foley crew (and the many, many doubts about Karl Rove - how can that fat little cherub NOT be gay?) it's good to see that at least a FEW of the Republicans hit for the right team!

Posted by: trenda | March 30, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

RNC chief of staff Ken McKay wrote: "Our investigation has determined that following a Young Eagles event in Los Angeles, a group of individuals did attend such a club on their own. This was not an RNC sanctioned event and was not associated in any way with any RNC official event."
________________________________________

Clearly the RNC is lying. It was an after-party for an official RNC event. That is an association.

Posted by: lostinthemiddle | March 30, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

NowSwimBack, I don't understand your reference to "this missing link of a president".
Let's see he graduated from Columbia, was President of the Harvard Law Review, a US Senator and now President of the United States.

He seems to be a pretty smart and accomplished guy.

What are you referring to with your comment?

Posted by: nor44 | March 30, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans did the right thing and dumped this guy.........what did the Dems do with Charlie Rangel- hs was expelled from the House of Representatives wasn't he?

Posted by: Realist20 | March 30, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Cultivating donors under 45 with serious mommy issues.

Posted by: mattintx | March 30, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

nowswimback wrote>>>Why is this story still in the top news? Here we have this massive increase in government and taxes being pushed against the will of the people

Oh, don't be so hard on yourself - you're gonna love ObamaCare!
These benefits are effective THIS YEAR....

http://www.speaker.gov/blog/?p=2214

Posted by: angie12106 | March 30, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Seems to me that these Republican "young eagles" were simply encouraging engagement in traditional family values.

Posted by: maybat1 | March 30, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

lwfl "Now can we retroactively fire Paulson and get back the 750 billion in taxpayer money he gave away to his friends in TARP."

You're referring to the TARP program which was created and first payments made in 2008, correct?

Posted by: swnwdc | March 30, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Hey Allison!

Give me a call sugar and let's SWING BABY!
I'm REAL conservative. I did some of that spreadin the gospel too!

You know, in those "missionary positions" wink wink ;)

My number is 467-5686, or just remember GOP-LOVN

Drop me a line HON!

Posted by: hayden1 | March 30, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

The real story should be where the BILLIONS of dollars we're giving this missing link of a president are really going, not what strip club some college student hangs out at.

Posted by: NowSwimBack | March 30, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

As Andy Borowitz has correctly pointed out - why would the RNC staffers have spent $2,000 on something they could see in Senator Ensign's office for free.

Posted by: SadHoo | March 30, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

This poor young woman was just doing her job trying to whip up support from donors. Unfortunately for her, FEC transparency has proved to be a harsh mistress. Her career is going to be chained to this story for a long time, and anyone in the RNC who might have said some safe words of support has probably been gagged by Chairman Steele. This whole debacle has gotten her properly licked. To top it off, now Steele has to beat off even more allegations of hypocrisy in his party, but because of the public nature of this reveal, his hands are probably tied.

Posted by: dkp01 | March 30, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

"Young Eagles"

The name smacks of irony, considering many of them grow to be chickenhawks.

Posted by: ceefer66 | March 30, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

BRILLIANT!!!!

________________


The RNC bonds on a trip
To Voyeur, where lesbians strip;
The women in leather
Display regions nether
And crack the minority whip.

News Short n' Sweet by JFD8
http://twitter.com/JFD8

Posted by: jd121 | March 30, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: bs2004 | March 30, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Republicans in general and Young Republicans in particular are spectacularly manipulative. Game playing to "win" seems to be their primary motivation. If seeking out entertainment at a bondage-themed strip club and sticking party donors with the bill sounds intelligent, imagine a whole party devoted to protecting the socially harmful business practices of the health insurance industry. Not a problem you say? If you got the money then spend it on your own health care. Otherwise, die. We make our money being clever. Learn to be clever like us, or die. The chutzpah of wealth.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | March 30, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Why is this story still in the top news? Here we have this massive increase in government and taxes being pushed against the will of the people, we're about to have 20 million illegal third-worlders ADDED to our already ballooning deficit, and yet the media is more concerned about one single person hanging out at a strip club. Really, this is why all these newspapers are going belly up. They're just not focused on what's really important and what affects the average person. They're more concerned with settling some bizarre political score.

Posted by: NowSwimBack | March 30, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Who approved the FEC report? Someone beside the little eaglet needs a swift kick in the can for sending in a report with some of the problems this report has revealed. In addition to the bondage expenses, there is an employee named Capital Liquors that was reimbursed almost $60,000 for office supplies. Obviously someone who is signing this report is doing it blindly. Don't self inflict wounds if you want to stay a viable party.

Posted by: merrylees | March 30, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Let's be clear what the issue is here: no one cares about a piddling $2000 reimbursement by the GOP. What we do care about is that once again the Republicans are exposed (yes, I said it) as hypocritical sniveling tyrants who claim to practice a strict Christian discipline but in fact indulge in debasing anti-woman "entertainments" that make a mockery of common notions of decency and honesty.

We have a true family values president in the White House and a bunch of cowardly moral midgets in the GOP who oppose his every action.

Posted by: dee5 | March 30, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

My question is...who thought that the Voyeur expense item would be overlooked, and is this learned behavior?
If so, it's time to go expense report mining...

Posted by: bgreen2224 | March 30, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure this is not the first time RNC campaign dollars went to pay for something dubious for a high roller. Lesbian bondage club makes it a saucy story though!

Posted by: prooftrader | March 30, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Restraint Chair notwithstanding, Young RepubliKKKans must rid themselves of those childish, petulant forms of behavior that so often accompany the elite and get right down to it, so what better way than a club that teaches respect for women and the proper use of leather strapping at the same time. Boys, you're among real RepubliKKKan MEN now, and you will be held accountable and PUNISHED if you don't raise your game.
OK, so who's up for nipple pinching...?

Posted by: bgreen2224 | March 30, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

What you spend money on is often an indicator of true character. The Republican party is only interested in helping rich people, but is glad to accept money from Christian voters to use it on strip clubs.

Posted by: johnc_80 | March 30, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Despite the Post's efforts to demonize all opposition to the HC bill. This story is going nowhere.

Not that that will stop it from being reported on all month long with allegations that the tea-party represents all HC bill critics and, by the way, they are all racists.

The militia arrest story didn't stick, nor is this story sticking and the "racism" bit is stale and merely angering the 60% of Americans who didn't support the bill and still do not.

Posted by: FrancisMacomber | March 30, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

The GOP love this type of behavior. Due to the SC ruling, they now believe money can be disregarded in the campaign equation. Let them run with that. Spend ALL your money on sex shows, trips to Hawaii and hooker and lets see how that works out for you in November.

Posted by: blarsen1 | March 30, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Still waiting for William Bennett to chime in on this one. Where's his moral indignation now? Oh, I forgot, he doesn't "do" Republican scandals.

Posted by: osullivanc1 | March 30, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of prudes. I understand the Republican donors being upset by this (I don't donate to either of these corrupt political parties, and choose to donate to candidates I support), but all this attention to something so minor?

This NATION IS BORROWING $3 BILLION DOLLARS EACH AND EVERY DAY - 365 DAYS A YEAR - Now there's a scandal.

Posted by: clawrence35 | March 30, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

One might say that Myeres was stripped of her Young Eagles. One wonders whether Meyers might face further "discipline."

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | March 30, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse


How are the neocons going to spin this? Was this a group of "young eagle" women in this bondage nightclub?


Posted by: mortified469 | March 30, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

First, let me state: I'm vehemently opposed to the direction that the Republican Party has gone in the last 10 years.

That written, c'mon.

You can find that sort of thing in both parties. To be sure, Republicans are the Michael Jordans of hypocrisy when it comes talking moral while being wild.

However, Democrats are not rank amateurs when it comes to being naughty ---or has John Edwards changed partys.

So...unless you have outed a majority of members into really criminal acts, I'll judge them both by their policies.

Posted by: kban495 | March 30, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

and this 18 year old twatt is who they hang out to dry? LMFAO

Posted by: veronihilverius | March 30, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

The RNC bonds on a trip
To Voyeur, where lesbians strip;
The women in leather
Display regions nether
And crack the minority whip.

News Short n' Sweet by JFD8
http://twitter.com/JFD8

Posted by: jd121 | March 30, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Saved Steele's rear on that.......blame it on a staffer.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 30, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand something: Meyers was going to pay for it with her credit card, but couldn't cover the tab, so Brown (consultant and donor) covered it and the RNC made good on Meyer's promise that he, Brown, would be reimbursed.

An unknowing RNC reported the payment to the FEC:

So, if they would have known about the nature of the entertainment expense, would they have paid the tab and notified the FEC? Not notified the FEC? Either way, are they legally required to report it to the FEC? If not, have there been other questionable reimbursements made by the RNC and not reported the FEC?

And, can the RNC get around alerting the FEC if they have a staffer pay with his/her own credit card and expense it some other way?

and . . . how much longer can Steele last as head of the RNC before he goes, shall we say, T*ts Up?

Posted by: silverfish1 | March 30, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Great. We save two thousand bucks.

Now can we retroactively fire Paulson and get back the 750 billion in taxpayer money he gave away to his friends in TARP.

Posted by: lwfl | March 30, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like my kind of place!

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | March 30, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

not the first time for the Repugs:

(I'm not a democrat"

http://www.hereinreality.com/callboy.html

RNC CALLS SCANDAL A 'TRAGIC SITUATION'
George Archibald and Paul M. Rodriguez The Washington Times; Final Section: A Page: A1 Friday, June 30, 1989

Republican and conservative political leaders reacted cautiously yesterday to a report in The Washington Times that key Reagan and Bush administration officials are ensnared in a federal probe of homosexual prostitution.

Posted by: punkumin | March 30, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it time for Steele to go? Everything the guy touches turns to s##t.

Posted by: Diogenes | March 30, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

What will Pat Robertson say? The GOPhonies get caught again! :)

Posted by: Brittman1 | March 30, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious! Love those Republican family values!

Posted by: 1toughlady | March 30, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

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