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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 05:46 AM
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Michael Steele's spending spree angers donors- "Imperial chairman" spending on private planes, limos
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: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0210/33324.html#ix...
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icnorth Donating Member (954 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 05:54 AM
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1. Another right turn at Albuquerque,
Ali Baba has upset the forty thieves.
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quantass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 08:35 AM
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8. Good one! nt
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secondwind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 06:04 AM
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2. Can't wait to hear what they're REALLY saying........because he is black.
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Rosa Luxemburg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 07:44 AM
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3. wasn't he friendly with Abramoff?
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Soylent Brice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 07:52 AM
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4. there is a connection:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/11/11/85441/538

Abramoff was friendly with Erlich. Steele was his Lt. Gov.

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Rosa Luxemburg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 10:09 AM
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12. Erlich is trying to run for office again!
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 07:57 AM
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NatBurner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 08:04 AM
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6. i think he's finally decided which part of his ass they can kiss
he's going through the motions, but he's probably fed up with the job

fuck em mike, fuck em

spend ALL that shit

spend it on cocaine and hookers if u wanna- they're gonna hate u anyway
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 08:27 AM
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7. So he's the GOP Czar, huh?
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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 09:30 AM
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9. You know what Michael? You need five more new cars...
... SPEND that election cash!!!!!
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Rosa Luxemburg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 10:11 AM
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13. he was also good at spending when he was Lt Gov of Maryland
over spending taxpayers money
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Perky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 09:39 AM
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10. bub buh but sputter sputter this was on that right wing hack ezine Politico
;sarcasm: :rofl:
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kjackson227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 09:44 AM
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11. They made him look like an idiot (along with a lot of help from...
himself), and I guess he FINALLY realized that his party is full of bigots, so this is his way of getting back at them. It's pretty funny if you ask me.
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JNelson6563 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 10:39 AM
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14. Typical Republican behavior
They love to spend other peoples money. Usually for war and such tho', guess that's why it's such a surprise eh?

Julie
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Blue Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 11:38 AM
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15. What a man of the people
Just like you and me. Thank god this Republican watchdog is looking out for our well-being.

:sarcasm:
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Jennicut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 11:51 AM
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16. Chic-fil-A? Someone wanted them to cater?
At least Steele has good taste, even if he is blowing their money.

:rofl:

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ElsewheresDaughter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 12:43 PM
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17. yup all them white Gop donors are thinking , he's suppose ride in the back of the bus
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yellowcanine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 08:20 PM
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18. If this story has some legs this could spook Bobby "goodhair" Ehrlich off a run for guv.
In fact it may explain the dilly dallying - trying to see where this story is going before committing. Whether he runs or not, this story has to help the Democratic chances in November.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 08:30 PM
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19. And, why wouldn't it anger them? Only an
idiot would do that. Oh wait..
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LatteLibertine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-24-10 08:15 AM
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20. Well he
Edited on Wed Feb-24-10 08:15 AM by LatteLibertine
did say 1 mil wasn't a lot after taxes.

Never mind the overwhelming majority of United States citizens never hit 250k.

Way to endear yourself and your party to the public Mikey.
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