The filings didn't specify what the payments were for -- which according to the state board of elections, is a violation of campaign finance law. An anonymous Steele source told the paper that they were for an audit of Steele's campaign finances, "to make sure that everything was OK."
But the Sun notes that Steele's former finance chair, Alan Fabian, has accused Steele's 2006 Senate campaign of paying Steele's sister $37,00 for campaign work that Fabian says she never performed, among other allegations. Fabian made the claims in a bid to get a more lenient sentence in an unrelated fraud case. In response, Steele said he would provide campaign records to the FBI.
No charges have been filed in connection to Fabian's allegations.
Both Bryan Cave and the RNC declined to comment to the Sun, the latter saying that the payments were unrelated to the national party.