This will no doubt help immensely in their fundraising efforts - especially after the late night pole dancers and other expenditures by this crew under Michael Steele. According to Hotline on Call:
The RNC spent more than $340K at a semi-annual meeting in Honolulu in Jan., Hotline On Call's Reid Wilson reports. This is the latest example of the party spending lavishly on itself while GOP officials worry they won't have enough money to take advantage of a promising national landscape this fall.
According to FEC reports filed late Tuesday, the RNC spent $167K on facilities for the 3-day meeting, which took place at a posh resort in Waikiki. That figure doesn't include rooms and office space for the party employees who staffed the meeting, which added up to at least another $90K.
At least 33 RNC staffers and officials made the trip to HI, including top members of the political, communications and research departments, as first reported by Hotline OnCall. Party staff were reimbursed for meals and travel as part of the trip.
RNC communications director Doug Heye, who did not work at the committee when the meeting in Honolulu took place, declined to comment on the expenses Tuesday night.
The $340K documented in FEC filings does not include airfare for each staffer, which could amount to tens of thousands more. FEC rules require the party committees to disclose how they spent their money, including listing merchants who received payments, but it does not require the RNC to list destinations of air travel. Given that the RNC spends thousands of dollars for air travel every month, that means there is no way to account for the staffers who flew to Honolulu.
Figure another $30-60 thousand in air fare (how much you wanna bet they flew first class?) and you're talking real money.
If some GOP candidate loses by an eyelash this fall, we may look back on this waste of party money (why not meet in DC?) in a much different light.