Republicans Spend More At Strip Clubs Than Democrats

The New York Times is the latest media outlet to break the story that Tampa strip clubs are getting ready for the Republican Convention, a story we broke here at OTB days ago by the way, but this tidbit in the middle of the piece is what caught my eye:

Angelina Spencer, the executive director of the Association of Club Executives, which serves as a trade association for strip clubs, said an informal survey of convention business in New York and Denver had determined that Republicans dropped more money at clubs, by far.

“Hands down, it was Republicans,” she said. “The average was $150 for Republicans and $50 for Democrats.”

I report, you decide.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. JKB says:

    This makes sense.

    Republicans believe in rewarding hard work and talent.

    Democrats believe they gave at City Hall. After all, the girl uses roads paid for by the rest of us, had the benefit of a public education paid for by others, is hassled by the cops paid for by others, she may use abortion services made possible by government, etc. The least Julia can do is give back to her rich Uncle Sam and his friends.

  2. Tsar Nicholas says:


    The people who spend the most money at strip clubs are white collar businessmen. For obvious reasons the overwhelming majority of white collar businessmen are Republicans. 1+1 = 2. Sun rises in east.

  3. Tillman says:

    Obvious answer: Republicans believe in supply-side economics, and what better way to demonstrate wealth trickling down than paying for a lapdance?

    Democrats pay less because they’re too drunk to remember where their cash is.

  4. Moosebreath says:

    The family values party strikes again.

  5. rudderpedals says:

    We could have used the high speed train set more for more and better jobs but at least Redner and his ladies will appreciate the convention windfall, as will our hoteliers who to this day are amazed a national party would select hot as hell in August Tampa / St Pete for a convention venue.

  6. Neil Hudelson says:

    Republicans have always believed in helping people pull themselves up by their bootstraps. In this case it my be literally.

    Sun rises in east.

    So this is your new “Zombieland” or “I have literally never in my life heard of this very famous politician?”

    As soon as Tsar finds a phrase he thinks is super clever, he uses it in every post for the next half year.

  7. JKB says:


    If you build high speed trains, then people won’t use the government-provided roads so there can be no business success. Why do Lefties hate small business so much they are willing to spend billions of the businesses tax dollars to build high speed trains to bypass the businesses?

    High Speed Rail: Moving people rapidly from where they don’t want to be to where they don’t want to go.

  8. rudderpedals says:

    @JKB: You jest but that kind of response is pretty much what passes for serious political discourse under our tea bagger-managed state govt 🙁

  9. al-Ameda says:

    Clearly, it’s because many Republicans are obsessed with sex and family values.

  10. mantis says:


    You jest but that kind of response is pretty much what passes for serious political discourse under our tea bagger-managed state govt 🙁

    He’s not kidding.

  11. rudderpedals says:

    @mantis: Man, I keep getting stung by Poe’s Law. I’m getting way too old to keep falling for it

  12. de stijl says:

    Strip clubs are the perfect candidate for Romney’s “We Did Build This” tour. No embarrassing tax-exempt revenue bonds, SBA loans, tax credits, or government contracts to explain away.

  13. de stijl says:


    Man, I keep getting stung by Poe’s Law. I’m getting way too old to keep falling for it

    Quoth the rubberpedals, ‘Nevermore.’

  14. rudderpedals says:

    @de stijl: At some point “Nevermore” stopped evoking the poem, replaced by a Bart Simpson raven that displaced everything else I used to know.

    (the other Poe’s Law.)

  15. de stijl says:


    I understand. What made it funny to me was that it combined Poe’s Law with Edgar Alan. You were disappointed that you once again confused real RW talking points with a parody, and expressed a desire to stop falling for it – hence my ‘Nevermore.’

    But you blew my joke because you made me explain it 😉

  16. rudderpedals says:

    @de stijl: Sorry bout that. I picked my reply to play around with adding a link to a comment (not an easy thing on a crapy Palm Pre) feeling chastened from another comment in a diff thread for not linking and it left an misimpresision I was trying to explain poes law to you when you already were well aware of it.
    Good lulz the next line should say. No cursor controls on the rotten palm pre
    Next time: Hood lulz and no more linkplay