It looks like a lot more trouble for the party of “fiscal responsibility”:
The RNC spent more than $340K at a semi-annual meeting in Honolulu in Jan., 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.
Already today there has been an interesting narrative evolving on this. On Morning Joe, conservative columnist Kathleen Parker said that the Democrats are just as bad. Joe Scarborough of course agreed with her. I would love to see the proof of this. Wingnuts tried this meme earlier this month, during bondage-gate, and the only expenses they could uncover was your typical hotel and limo expenses tied with fundraising. So Kathleen Parker and Joe Scarborough are trying to ignore this piss-poor management by the RNC and instead capitulate blame equally onto the Democrats.