Feds Question New RNC Chair Michael Steele’s Campaign Finances

Feds Question New RNC Chair Michael Steele’s Campaign FinancesCould questions about his 2006 Senate campaign become kryptonite for the GOP’s new Man of Steele? Michael Steele, that is!

Sorry, I’m practicing for my new job as a network TV promo-writer. In the olden days, we used to say “Film at 11.” Ask your mom what “film” is.

The Washington Post is reporting, among several accusations, that Steele’s campaign allegedly made a $37,000 payment to his sister’s defunct company for services it never performed:

In one of his allegations, Fabian points to a February 2007 payment by Steele’s Senate campaign of more than $37,000 to Brown Sugar Unlimited, the company run by Steele’s sister, Monica Turner. Campaign finance records list the expense as having been for “catering/web services.” Turner filed papers to dissolve the company 11 months before the payment was received.

Steele’s accuser is, in all fairness, a guy who’s cutting a deal to reduce his own criminal penalty. However, they’re not just taking his word for it. According to the Post, there are supporting documents, and this stuff shouldn’t be hard to track down.

Steele might have caught a break here, though, if the feds’ Keystone Koppish activities are any indicator of things to come:

The U.S. attorney’s office inadvertently sent the confidential document, a defense sentencing memorandum filed under seal, to The Washington Post after the newspaper requested the prosecution’s sentencing memorandum.

Oops! Is there anything more opposite of sealing a record than sending it to a newspaper?

I wonder what the hundred or so RNC staffers whom Steele is throwing out of work feel about this. Do they root for a job-saving takedown, or a party-embarrassment-saving exhoneration?

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1 Comment

  1. If he wasn’t stealing and lying to cover it up, he wouldn’t be a republican! He’s just doing the job he was signed up to do!!! I like the whipped cream on top “the company closed 11 months before the money was recieved”! Brillant, losers!

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