(TheRedWire.com) – The GOP fallout from the 2022 midterm elections is continuing into the new year before Republicans turn to set their eyes on the 2024 presidential election. At stake is the head of the Republican National Committee (RNC). Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel has served in this capacity since 2017 when she became the second woman ever elected to the position. As the RNC prepares to consider who will head the committee in January, some members allege McDaniel misappropriated funds.
A report supposedly based on FEC data is allegedly circulating among RNC members. It suggests the chairwoman may have spent unauthorized funds. The alleged expenses include $505,909 for private flights, $459,103 for limousine and other transportation services, $36,567 for alcohol, and $321,671 for floral arrangements.
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Oregon RNC committeeman Solomon Yue said the executive committee never authorized the expenditures. Roger Villere, a Louisiana committeeman and chairman of the Republican National Conservative Caucus (RNCC), said he believed the donated money could have helped candidates in competitive races during the 2022 midterm elections. He called the resources “precious” and suggested management didn’t spend them responsibly.
Republicans have underperformed over the last three election cycles. Villere pointed to the use of funds as an explanation. Republicans will hold the election to determine the next RNC chairman on January 27, 2023. McDaniel believes she has the votes to secure her seat, but Villere and Yue say that might be inaccurate.
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