On Saturday, The Washington Post‘s Dan Balz reported on internal outrage over big spending on the GOP’s 2012 convention in Tampa, writing that the Republican National Committee had already spent $636,800 as of Oct. 1:

That is 18 times the amount spent in a comparable period four years ago.

At a time when [RNC chairman Michael] Steele and the RNC have come under fire for what critics call financial mismanagement, the convention spending has raised questions about oversight and financial controls inside the committee.

“I can’t imagine what you’d spend $636,000 on at this point,” said David Norcross, a former national committeeman from New Jersey. In 2004, Norcross chaired the RNC’s Committee on Arrangements, which oversees national conventions. “Is it possible that it’s early spending that would have to take place anyway? It’s possible, but I can’t imagine what it would be.”

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