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GOP watch: Handcuffing Steele?

Whoa. Don't miss this Washington Times' Z. Hallow exclusive suggesting that some members of the RNC might want to handcuff Michael Steele's ability to spend money as HE sees fit. "Randy Pullen, the RNC's elected treasurer, former RNC General Counsel David Norcross and three other former top RNC officers have presented Mr. Steele with a resolution, calling for a new set of checks and balances on the chairman's power to dole out money. The powers include new controls on awarding contracts and spending money on outside legal and other services."

There is a lot of grumbling in the GOP consultant community about Steele's relationship with certain consultants and there clearly is a movement to try and curtail how much power these consultants have in the party. Right now, Steele shares the same consultants as the NRCC's Pete Sessions meaning these folks could end up cornering the GOP market and other consultants being left out of the contract world want a piece of the action. But they also believe it's a way to create a check on the party and make sure not just ONE firm controls everything in the party.