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Press Release
May 18, 2010

RNC ‘Stimulus’ Plan for Milwaukee Strip Clubs Still Under Wraps

California Adult Club Got $2,000 From RNC; What's Chairman Steele Have for Wisconsin?' Asks OWN

MADISON, Wis. — After spending $2,000 in California at a Hollywood bondage club earlier this year, the Republican National Committee has yet to unveil its adult entertainment budget for Milwaukee, site of next week’s Republican Party of Wisconsin annual convention.

“The Republican convention is this weekend and adult clubs in Milwaukee may be wondering how much RNC money is available to support their establishments,” said Scot Ross, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director. “Hopefully, Reince Priebus is not going to follow the example of other Michael Steele RNC staffers and dump $2,000 at only one club, like they did in California.”

RNC Chair Michael Steele received nationwide ridicule when in March it was revealed the RNC spent $2,000 at an “erotic, bondage-themed Hollywood club, where nearly naked women – and men – simulate sex in nets hung from above.”

Current RPW Chair Reince Priebus is a top lieutenant to Steele and led his campaign for national party chair. Last month Priebus joined 30 other state Republican chairs in authoring a letter affirming their support for Steele, despite the California spending scandal.

“We see Karl Rove will be on hand to encourage the GOP

Madison to recycle the failed and corrupt policies of the Bush administration,” said Ross. “And it remains to be seen if the Republicans will also be recycling the ‘newsworthy’ RNC adult entertainment spending plan here in Wisconsin.”

As Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker will be finishing a statewide campaign swing, masqueraded as county business in time for the convention, perhaps all the RNC funds will go to Franklin’s On the Border, an adult club whose owners have contributed $2,760 to Walker’s political campaigns over the years.

In case spending RNC funds only in one club is not the plan, One Wisconsin Now has created an interactive map of Milwaukee-area live adult entertainment venues for convention-goers, available at: http://tinyurl.com/2653gb5.

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One Wisconsin Now is a statewide communications network specializing in effective earned media and online organizing to advance progressive leadership and values.

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