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Michael Steele Bondage-Gate FALLOUT: RNC Taking Heat After Topless Club Scandal

First Posted: 05/31/10 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 05:00 PM ET

Almost immediately after the news broke this week about the Republican National Committee's "Bondage-Gate," scandal, the fallout began. And it hasn't been good for either the RNC or its embattled chairman, Michael Steele.

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum said he was "disgusted" by the incident in which the RNC expensed a nearly $2,000 bill for a risque Los Angeles nightclub. Meanwhile, other GOP figures, such as Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) and former Bush adviser Karl Rove seemed similarly troubled by the RNC's apparent reckless spending.

Steele has been no stranger to criticism. A recent National Journal poll of political insiders found that a large majority of GOP politicos considered Michael Steele a "liability."

A look at some of the recent fallout:

Palin Wants Off Of RNC Invitation
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Sarah Palin asked the RNC for a second time Wednesday to take her name off an invitation to a New Orleans fundraiser, Politico reports.

The invitation includes Palin as an "invited speaker" to the event, but the former Alaska Governor has no plans to take part in the RNC fundraiser.

From Politico:

The RNC invitation touts Palin along with other SRLC speakers, including Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Fox News host Sean Hannity, Rep. Mike Pence and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), as “invited speakers” for the event.
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