Jennifer Van Laar, RedState’s Managing Editor, has been immersed in public filings and has come up with a humdinger of an accusation for Ronna McDaniels, the current chair of the Republican Party. As you might be aware, crackerjack, junkyard dog and famous knitter, the fearless attorney Harmeet Dhillon is challenging her for the position. Her platform is based on the spectacular lack of success in recent elections and the anti-America First vibe that emits from Ronna.
According to FEC filings, since 2017, the RNC has spent:
- $3.1 million on private jet services
- $1.3 million on limousine/chauffeur services
- $17.1 million on donor mementos
- $750,000 on floral arrangements
- $80,000 in alcohol-related expenditures
Nearly $400,000 has been spent on event tickets and other entertainment activities, including $30,000 for a private box at a Las Vegas Raiders game, $13,000 for Broadway shows, $9,400 at Madison Square Garden, and $43,000 at Top Golf locations in Texas, Nevada, Virginia, and Maryland.
According to a senior staffer, the private box Raiders game was part of a retreat for senior staff members. RNC funds were also used to fly the senior staffers and their plus-ones first-class to Las Vegas, and for their hotel rooms, food, and alcohol, the staffer says.
Senior staff retreats were also held at the swanky Salamander Resort & Spa in Virginia in 2021 and 2022, according to another staffer. A national committee member says that at the 2021 retreat, held from March 19-21, 30 senior staffers and their families attended. FEC reporting shows that the RNC paid $260,000 to the resort in 2021 and 2022, classified as travel expenses and venue rental and catering.
The dates of the various entertainment expenditures were provided to former staffers and national committee members, who confirmed that there were no donor events or other official RNC events occurring at those times.
Under the current leadership, the RNC has spent more than $150,000 on what could be considered non-essential office expenses, including $25,000 on Commonwealth Joe coffee, $7,000 on cupcakes, nearly $7,000 on candles and diffusers, and $75,000 total at Pottery Barn, West Elm, Restoration Hardware, and Crate & Barrel. In addition, the committee’s FEC reports show expenditures totaling $381,000 classified as “Furniture Expense” during the same time frame.
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GOP Chair Contender Harmeet Dhillon went nuclear
BREAKING: Harmeet Dhillon (@pnjaban) goes NUCLEAR on Corporate RNC ruling class after bombshell report proves Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel spent MILLIONS of donor dollars on lavish private jets and limos while LOSING elections— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) December 15, 2022
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Ronna McDaniel protests it’s only 0.8% of what she’s raised
I added a statement from Ronna McDaniel's spokesperson @em__vaughn to my piece analyzing @gop expenditures but I can't confirm it's there bc @RedState is down (for me, at least) so here it is. pic.twitter.com/oqkecIiiB2— Jennifer Van Laar (@jenvanlaar) December 15, 2022