You are viewing an obsolete version of the DU website which is no longer supported by the Administrators. Visit The New DU.
Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login

Michael Steele's spending spree angers donors- "Imperial chairman" spending on private planes, limos [View All]

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » General Discussion: Presidency Donate to DU
jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 05:46 AM
Original message
Michael Steele's spending spree angers donors- "Imperial chairman" spending on private planes, limos
Advertisements [?]
Michael Steele's spending spree angers donors

Republican National Chairman Michael Steele is spending twice as much as his recent predecessors on private planes and paying more for limousines, catering and flowers expenses that are infuriating the party's major donors who say Republicans need every penny they can get for the fight to win back Congress.

Most recently, donors grumbled when Steele hired renowned chef Wolfgang Puck's local crew to cater the RNC's Christmas party inside the trendy Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue, and then moved its annual winter meeting from Washington to Hawaii.

For some major GOP donors, both decisions were symbolic of the kind of wasteful spending habits they claim has become endemic to his tenure at the RNC. When Ken Mehlman served as the committee chairman during the critical 2006 midterm elections, the holiday party was held in a headquarters conference room and Chic-fil-A was the caterer.

A POLITICO analysis of expenses found that compared with 2005, the last comparable year preceding a midterm election, the committees payments for charter flights doubled; the number of sedan contractors tripled, and meal expenses jumped from $306,000 to $599,000.

Michael Steele is an imperial chairman, said one longtime Republican fundraiser. He flies in private aircraft. He drives in private cars. He has private consultants that are paid ridiculous retainers. He fancies himself a presidential candidate and wants all of the trappings and gets them by using other peoples money.

Read more:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
  -Michael Steele's spending spree angers donors- "Imperial chairman" spending on private planes, limos jefferson_dem  Feb-23-10 05:46 AM   #0 
  - Another right turn at Albuquerque,  icnorth   Feb-23-10 05:54 AM   #1 
  - Good one! nt  quantass   Feb-23-10 08:35 AM   #8 
  - Can't wait to hear what they're REALLY saying........because he is black.  secondwind   Feb-23-10 06:04 AM   #2 
  - wasn't he friendly with Abramoff?  Rosa Luxemburg   Feb-23-10 07:44 AM   #3 
  - there is a connection:  Soylent Brice   Feb-23-10 07:52 AM   #4 
     - Erlich is trying to run for office again!  Rosa Luxemburg   Feb-23-10 10:09 AM   #12 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Feb-23-10 07:57 AM   #5 
  - i think he's finally decided which part of his ass they can kiss  NatBurner   Feb-23-10 08:04 AM   #6 
  - So he's the GOP Czar, huh?  tanyev   Feb-23-10 08:27 AM   #7 
  - You know what Michael? You need five more new cars...  Clio the Leo   Feb-23-10 09:30 AM   #9 
  - he was also good at spending when he was Lt Gov of Maryland  Rosa Luxemburg   Feb-23-10 10:11 AM   #13 
  - bub buh but sputter sputter this was on that right wing hack ezine Politico  Perky   Feb-23-10 09:39 AM   #10 
  - They made him look like an idiot (along with a lot of help from...  kjackson227   Feb-23-10 09:44 AM   #11 
  - Typical Republican behavior  JNelson6563   Feb-23-10 10:39 AM   #14 
  - What a man of the people  Blue Owl   Feb-23-10 11:38 AM   #15 
  - Chic-fil-A? Someone wanted them to cater?  Jennicut   Feb-23-10 11:51 AM   #16 
  - yup all them white Gop donors are thinking , he's suppose ride in the back of the bus  ElsewheresDaughter   Feb-23-10 12:43 PM   #17 
  - If this story has some legs this could spook Bobby "goodhair" Ehrlich off a run for guv.  yellowcanine   Feb-23-10 08:20 PM   #18 
  - And, why wouldn't it anger them? Only an  Cha   Feb-23-10 08:30 PM   #19 
  - Well he  LatteLibertine   Feb-24-10 08:15 AM   #20 

Home » Discuss » General Discussion: Presidency Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators

Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC