Michael Steele, Andrew Breitbart To Reportedly Appear Side-By-Side At RNC Event

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Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is expected to appear alongside conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart at an upcoming RNC fundraising event, Talking Points Memo reports.

An invitation to the August gathering obtained exclusively by the website brings news of plans for the pair to unite:

The fundraising event, billed as an "Election Countdown," will take place from August 12-14 in Beverly Hills, California, and will also feature other politicians such as California Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, and Nevada Republican gubernatorial nominee Brian Sandoval. Steele and Breitbart are scheduled to co-headline a welcome reception on the first evening, August 12.

The report from TPM comes on the heels of Breitbart becoming embroiled in controversy after he circulated a misleading video clip of then-USDA official Shirley Sherrod speaking to a NAACP audience on the subject of race. Breitbart said the footage exposed racism within the organization, which earlier charged the Tea Party movement with maintaining racial elements.

Steele, the first African-American to chair the RNC, has come under fire repeatedly for making controversial statements related to the issue of race during his tenure.

RNC spokesman Doug Heye confirmed plans of the fundraising event reported on by TPM, but declined to comment to the website further on the invitation's suggestion that Breitbart was expected to attend.