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RNC officials ousted in scandal over L.A. bondage-themed nightclub spending

May 8, 2010 |  8:13 am

http://www.csmonitor.com/var/ezflow_site/storage/images/media/images/0330-allison-meyers-voyeur.jpg/7657703-1-eng-US/0330-Allison-Meyers-Voyeur.jpg_full_600.jpgThe Republican National Committee has ousted two officials with apparent ties to the embarrassing disclosure of funds being spent at a West Hollywood bondage-themed nightclub.

RNC Chairman Michael Steele pushed out the committee's finance director and deputy finance director. According to Politico and the Associated Press, the two ran the finance department when it approved payment for a group that visited the risque Voyeur nightclub.

They were the latest of several firings tied to the nightclub scandal, news reports said.

The RNC acknowledged in March that $2,000 in party funds were spent to reimburse Erik Brown, president of a Southern California firm that has provided direct mail services to political campaigns, for a Jan. 31 outing at Voyeur West Hollywood.

The club, inspired by the film "Eyes Wide Shut," is intended to be "risque and provocative" and "a combination of intimidation and sexuality," one of its partners, David Koral, told The Times in October. Scantily clad performers play out bondage and sadomasochistic "scenes" during the night.

--Shelby Grad

Photo: Associated Press