July 21, 2010

Steele Accused of Hiding RNC Debts

The RNC failed to report more than $7 million in debt to the FEC in recent months -- "a move that made its bottom line appear healthier than it is heading into the midterm elections and that also raises the prospect of a hefty fine," the Washington Times reports.

RNC Treasurer Randy Pullen accused Chairman Michael Steele "of trying to conceal the information from him by ordering staff not to communicate with the treasurer -- a charge RNC officials deny." Pullen said that he "had discovered $3.3 million in debt from April and $3.8 million from May, which he said had led him to file erroneous reports with the FEC."

The Hotline notes Pullen's allegations "are sure to incite fireworks" at the party's August meeting. "Both Steele and Pullen have allies on the party's budget committee, where influential members of the RNC often find themselves. The proxy battle between the 2 is likely to dominate the gathering in Kansas City."


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