Washington A night out at a risque West Hollywood nightclub was an “after-hours nonofficial get together” that followed a meeting of young Republican donors and should not have been paid for with party money, a top Republican National Committee official said in a memo released Tuesday.
RNC Chief of Staff Ken McKay said no senior party officials attended the outing at Voyeur, which features performers in bondage and sadomasochistic scenes. Nor did party officials know of the purpose of the reimbursement to the donor who paid the nearly $2,000 tab, the memo said.
A Southern California businessman, Erik Brown, paid the Jan. 31 bill on the understanding that he would be reimbursed by the RNC, party officials said.
McKay did not identify the RNC staffer who authorized the reimbursement, which prompted headlines and a spate of criticism Monday when first reported on the Web site The Daily Caller. But a Republican source with knowledge of the incident identified the employee Tuesday as Allison Meyers, a finance department staffer who was fired Monday.
“That person was aware that this activity was not eligible for reimbursement and had been previously counseled on this very subject,” McKay wrote in the memo to members of the Republican National Committee.
Meyers was in charge of the RNC’s “Young Eagles” program, which aims to recruit donors 45 and younger, a GOP official told the Associated Press. An RNC statement Monday seemed to imply that the staffer had requested Brown’s help.
Meyers could not be reached for comment Tuesday, but she would not have been the only RNC staffer to authorize the expense. Expenditures at the committee require approval from a department head as well as an administration official, a Republican source told the Los Angeles Times.
In his memo, McKay said no member of the senior staff “was aware of the purpose of this reimbursement.”