Report: RNC’s Voyeur Reimbursement Was for a Young Donor’s Afterparty

March 29, 2010 | Last updated: July 31, 2020

The indispensable Red County blog digs in on the story with some intel about how, exactly, Erik Brown came to bill the RNC nearly $2,000 for a night at Hollywood’s Voyeur nightclub:

According to sources who were in attendance that night, the “official” part of the evening started with 50+ person dinner at the Beverly Hills Hotel, then carried on throughout the evening, eventually ending up at Voyeur. While RNC employees, who were in town to recruit members to its ”RNC Young Eagles“ program, did participate throughout the entire evening and did find their way to the bondage-themed club, Michael Steele himself was “not in attendance” for any portion of the evening. Brown, by the way, is reportedly a “Young Eagle” himself, a fundraising sub-group of the RNC which targets larger donors based on age group.

Obviously there’s nothing wrong with young RNC donors patronizing a bondage-themed night club, but it’s not the kind of thing that gets broadcast at this level — much less the kind of thing a party reimburses. It’s the kind of thing that allows Democrats to ask whether the RNC is holding fundraisers at strip clubs.