Steele Fires RNC’s Finance Director Rob Bickhart

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RNC Chairman Michael Steele has asked for the resignations of the organization’s finance director, Rob Bickhart, and deputy finance director, Debbie LeHardy.The RNC’s spending habits recently came under fire when it was revealed that staffers had spent nearly $2,000 at a bondage-themed night club in California.

In a statement, Steele’s Chief of Staff Michael Leavitt said: “While we appreciate their service to the RNC and wish them well in future endeavors, the Chairman felt it was important to restructure the department in order to continue to improve on our strong fundraising numbers.”

Bickhart will be replaced by Mary Heitman, a former finance director for the Republican Governors Association.

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