In yesterday’s “Washington Update” from the Family Research Council, the group finally followed through on its lingering threat to urge its activists to stop donating to the Republicans:
The Republican National Committee (RNC) is at the center of another controversy, this one regarding nearly $2,000.00 spent at a bondage-themed strip club outside of Los Angeles. Information about the $1,946.00 dollar expenditure at Voyeur West Hollywood became public when the RNC released its most recent financial disclosure report. The public controversy over the expenditure led to the firing of the staffer yesterday who had incurred the expense. This latest incident is another indication to me that the RNC is completely tone-deaf to the values and concerns of a large number of people from whom they seek financial support.
Earlier this month the RNC made a big deal about hiring “renowned Supreme Court lawyer” Ted Olson to represent the RNC in a campaign finance case that is expected to go to the U.S. Supreme Court. Yes, this is the same Ted Olson that is trying to overturn the results of the marriage amendment in California. The outcome of Olson’s challenge to Prop 8 goes far beyond nullifying the votes of nearly 7 million voters in California; his efforts could lead to the overturning of amendments and laws in all 45 states that currently define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
I’ve hinted at this before, but now I am saying it–don’t give money to the RNC. If you want to put money into the political process, and I encourage you to do so, give directly to candidates who you know reflect your values. Better yet, become a member of FRC Action and learn about the benefits it offers, including participating in the FRC Action PAC which can support candidates who will advance faith, family and freedom!
The FRC has actually been making these sorts of threats for some time now, starting shortly after the election in 2008 when they attacked Pete Sessions, Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, for attending a fund raising dinner for the Log Cabin Republicans, saying such outreach was should be causing “pro-family voters[to] reserve judgment about giving their financial support” to the GOP.
UPDATE: Perkins tells CNN that this incident was just the last straw for social conservatives who are angry that the GOP has been ignoring their issues since the 2006 election: