Friday, June 25, 2010

RNC staffer fired in sex scandal paid $100,000 to ‘keep quiet’


steele 4 6 RNC staffer fired in sex scandal paid $100,000 to keep quiet

The former chief of staff to the Republican National Committee received more than $100,000 in a "severance payment" after he was fired for his role relating to the discovery that the party had signed off on $2,000 in reimbursements for a sex-themed Beverly Hills club.

RNC insiders say the money was approved as "hush money" to keep the former staffer, Kenneth McKay, from divulging details of GOP Chairman Michael Steele's leadership practices.

The severance payment and hush money allegation was first reported Tuesday by ABC News.

One GOP insider described the six-figure payment to outgoing RNC Chief of Staff Kenneth K. McKay IV  negotiated even though McKay had scarcely a year on the job -- as "hush money" to keep a former employee from divulging details of Michael Steele's controversial tenure as RNC chair.

Party insiders told ABC News the six-figure payout represented McKay's severance package, and came in exchange for him signing a strict confidentiality agreement. Two RNC sources, both of whom spoke on the condition they not be identified, said similar deals were struck with others who had been forced out in the last few months. Both sources have been critical of Steele's leadership. They said in separate interviews that, while they were not alleging that anything illegal took place, they believe the McKay agreement and others like it are aimed at preventing the departing cast of employees from disparaging Steele. McKay, who had received $163,000 in salary payments, did not respond to messages left at his home in Rhode Island....

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