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April 22, 2010

The Party of Fiscal Irresponsibility

Posted by The MaryHunter at April 22, 2010 5:33 AM

Hah, you thought I was referring to the party in power, those progressive Democrats. Guess again.

Barely 6 1/2 months before the midterm elections, an internal investigation by the Republican National Committee has revealed that the organization is beset with questionable financial management and oversight and is spending more money courting top-dollar donors than it raises.
The investigation found that the Republican Party's national governing body is losing money on its major-donors' fundraising program -- spending $1.09 for each $1.00 raised, according to RNC members privy to the investigation's findings. It typically costs about 40 cents for every dollar raised from donors who give more than $1,000.

It takes the kind of rocket science akin to that of Nancy Pelosi to lose money on fund raising, especially in this economy.

The report says several RNC Finance Department employees have been forging [Finance Director Rob] Bickhart's signature for reimbursement for the purchase of clothing, wine and entertainment expenses, including some that were labeled as office supplies. (Yes, this includes the S&M shows in LA.)
The report also said widespread employee abuse of RNC-provided American Express cards prompted a recommendation at the end of last year that the cards be yanked from all employees and officers except for Mr. Steele and his chief administrative officer, Boyd Rutherford.

There is plenty more in the report to keep most honest Republicans wondering why they would ever support the party directly. If a political party cannot keep its own financial house in order, how can we expect it to be sensible when it comes to choosing and supporting political candidates for the coming election cycles?

Advice to frustrated conservatives who wish to be embarrassed no more by the RNC:
(1) Remember New York 23rd.
(2) Donate directly to candidates or via dedicated, responsible organizations, like Club for Growth, which track key races and support truly conservative candidates.
(3) Spread the word.

Exactly which message is the RNC trying to send?