From The News York Daily News -- March 31, 2010:
Report: Big donors jumping ship from Republican National Committee, Michael Steele, over spending
BY MICHAEL SHERIDAN
A new report suggests Michael Steele and the RNC are losing donors, thanks to wasteful spending.
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The RNC may be in need of some TLC.
In the wake of an embarrassing spending spree of nearly $2,000 at a risque strip joint, which led to one staffer being fired, a new report suggests donors are abandoning the Republican National Committee - and have been for a while.
"There are a whole lot of troubling things going on," a major GOP donor told The Daily Caller.
The source claims prominent Republican donors have stopped handing their money over to the RNC. Instead, they're pouring their pocketbooks into the coffers of the GOP's Senatorial Committee.
Daily Caller reports that Federal Election Commission filings show at least eight top donors, including Home Depot co-founder Bernard Marcus, have declined to contribute for more than a year.
Since 2009, the records show, they have instead given funds to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee or individual campaign committees.
This shift in big money contributions may suggest unhappiness with Michael Steele, chairman of the RNC.
"I think the party loses any moral standing to talk with credibility about how Democrats are spending taxpayer money when the RNC is being arguably as reckless with donor money," Mark DeMoss, chief executive of an Atlanta-based public relations company, told the Daily Caller.
A recent analysis by Politico.com found that under Steele, RNC spending on private jets had doubled, limo trips had tripled and meal expenses jumped from $306,000 to $599,000 compared with the same period in 2005.