Conservative Chief Tells Group Not to Give to RNC Bondage club incident further shows 'tone-deaf' brass By Will McCahill, Newser Staff Posted Mar 31, 2010 7:30 PM CDT 36 comments Comments A gathering of conservative leaders. Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, is second from left. (AP Photo) (Newser) – The influential head of a key conservative group is urging that group’s members to avoid donating to the Republican National Committee in the wake of its most recent scandal. “This latest incident is another indication to me the RNC is completely tone-deaf to the values and concerns of a large number of people they are seeking financial support from,” Tony Perkins writes to Family Research Council members in an email obtained by Politico. “If you want to put money into the political process, and I encourage you to do so, give directly to candidates who you know reflect your values,” adds Perkins, clearly angered by revelations that an RNC staffer dropped $2,000 at a Los Angeles-area lesbian bondage club.