(Jacob Bruns, Headline USA) The Republican National Committee has spent millions of dollars on luxury perks over the past five years while continuing to flounder in the most important elections, according to an analysis of new data uncovered by Red State.
Since former President Donald Trump’s last major Republican victory in 2016, Republicans have been steamrolled, even when they had momentum on their side in the most recent midterm.
In the 2021-22 fiscal year, the RNC spent more than $500,000 on private jets, $64,000 on retail clothing and attire, and $321,000 on floral arrangements for banquets and dinners.
When one broadens the scope to the range of 2017-22, the big spending still holds.
The RNC through that time has been led by Ronna Romney McDaniel, who has completely failed to put together a viable coalition.
For instance, a trip to Lululemon set the RNC back $5000 in 2022, being classified as an “office expense”. Also listed as “office expenses” were two trips to Madison Square Garden in 2017 totaling over $9000.
Additionally, Red State noted that according to Federal Elections Committee findings, the RNC accrued the following expenses in the five year stretch:
- $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
In addition, $400,000 was spent on big box concerts and sporting events, as well as huge sums at Top Golf locations across the nation, where they bought lavish amounts of food and alcohol.
And despite all the money coming in and out of the RNC bank account, there have been almost no results to show from it.
In the wake of the 2022 midterm disaster, Republican leadership across the country turned on McDaniel, including South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem.
“We need to win. That’s just the fact,” she said. “Our kids’ future depends on it. We really have a responsibility to message what Republican policies bring to this country.”
She also emphasized the need for Republicans to reorganize, given that the current leadership is not getting the job done.
“I don’t know of a party that can continue to lose like we have and keep their jobs,” Noem said, adding that “everybody needs to evaluate what we are doing and is it effective.”