Rift Divides Social Conservatives and the RNC

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A growing rift between social conservatives and the Republican National Committee has some leaders urging donors to stop giving money to the GOP.

Since he first became RNC chairman, Michael Steele has been under fire and a lot of the ammunition comes from fellow Republicans. The latest gaffe surrounding Steele isn't helping win over any support.

The scandal involves what's being called "voyeur-gate" after reports that the RNC racked up a nearly $2,000 tab at a Hollywood topless nightclub.

The RNC says Steele was not there and the staffer involved has been fired.

Critics, however, say the problem goes deeper to the culture of the RNC.

CBN News spoke with Politico.com reporter Andy Barr about this growing concern.  Click play for his comments.

"This is about running a party, not throwing a party," Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said.

Perkins has a long list of issues with the group, including the RNC's history of supporting moderate candidates over social conservatives.

The latest incident is the straw that broke the camel's back. Now, he's telling supporters to stop sending in their money.

"I'm concerned that the RNC is tone deaf to the values of the people they're seeking the bulk of their support from," Perkins said.

Other conservative voices echo that concern, calling it degrading to women and out of sync with the public's view on morality.

"The outrage shows that there is not mainstream support for these kinds of clubs or this kind of activity... this is completely inappropriate," Wendy Wright with Concerned Women for America said.

And the critics are piling on. The Democratic National Committee shot back saying, "it's not surprising that even the staunchest donors are abandoning the RNC in droves."

"The Republican Party has repeatedly proven that they don't respect their supporters, so it's not surprising that their supporters no longer respect the party," the group added.

Perkins is telling fiscal and social conservatives to stay involved, but donate directly to the candidates they support or to organizations like his.

That could hurt Republicans in their goal of reclaiming majorities in Congress, however, since the RNC raises money and coordinates election strategy in races across the country.

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