December 5th, 2008
09:10 PM ET
5 years ago

More spending on Palin revealed

Spending on Palin's clothes, makeup and hair made headlines during the campaign.
Spending on Palin's clothes, makeup and hair made headlines during the campaign.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Republican National Committee's total fashion bill for Sarah Palin's nine-week stint on the GOP presidential ticket is in: $180,000.

That's $30,000 more than the RNC previously disclosed it had spent outfitting and styling the Alaska governor and her family, according to Politico and the RNC's latest filings with the Federal Elections Commission.

The latest filing, which includes the final 3 weeks of the presidential race, shows the committee directed close to $55,000 to Palin's fashion stylist, New York-based Lisa Kline.

The RNC also spent close to $24,000 in several high end stores, including Ann Taylor, Bloomingdales, Brooks Brothers, Neiman's, Nordstrom, Macy's, Saks, Target, and Victoria's Secret.

The RNC has said all the clothes purchased will be donated to charity.

Meanwhile, the McCain campaign paid a total of $110,000 on Palin's traveling hair and makeup stylists, according to the New York Times and the McCain campaign's latest FEC filing.

News surfaced shortly before Election Day that Republicans had shelled out more than $150,00 on Palin and her family in clothing costs - a revelation that posed an unnecessary distraction for the struggling McCain campaign, and undercut Palin's hockey-mom credentials.


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soundoff (848 Responses)
  1. Proud to be American

    She is quite the hypocrite.

    December 5, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  2. Kelly, Georgetown

    CHARITY–who do they think they're fooling? Will the kids clothes and Todd's clothes go to charity as well.

    I'll take the liberal left anyday then right wing nuts who talk out of both sides of their mouths. Those clothes are not going to charity. Sarah has most of them in her closet and the rest are probably going to some staff person's closet. We're not stupid.

    December 5, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. Call me Charity

    I will take all the Vickies Secrets stuff for them.

    December 5, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  4. Meka

    It dosen't take a Rocket Scientist to understand:

    Clothes, don't make a person. She proved that everytime she opened her mouth!

    Palin has a LOW-END Mentality... End of Story!

    December 5, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  5. Hate makes you stupid

    oh! please, CNN!!!

    December 5, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  6. VA Republican

    OK, I understand all fancy store names, but really do not understand Victoria's Secrets unless she is showing panty's too. Brian dead

    December 5, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  7. doug

    Items purchased at Victoria Secrets is going to be donated to charity? I don't think so!

    What is wrong with Target cotton draws? They are not good enough for the governor?

    December 5, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  8. leslie

    lol wow.

    December 5, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  9. Mr. Lugo

    I guess it takes a lot of money to make this moose knuckle look presentable. Look at that square jaw. Can anyone say "Sparticus"?

    December 5, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  10. Yamini Balachandran

    This is all BS....

    VOTE FOR SARAH KUDAH .... God is by her side and he will help her fix the Iran / Israel issue and the economic issues (if we still have them by that time....)

    December 5, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  11. Unshrub

    Give-us-a-break. This is just dumb.

    December 5, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  12. Dave

    Who cares?

    December 5, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  13. Bill A

    Amazing,a the Ditto Heads still thinks she's great. She's the female Forest Gump...Stupid is what stupid is...

    December 5, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  14. Luigi ina California

    That's $20,000.00 a week to put rags on a hag. Pretty expensive for someone who claims to be fiscally responsible. Yeah, right.

    December 5, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  15. Mike

    What 'hockey mom' wouldn't want $180,000 to spend on clothes (Victoria's Secret? Really?) plus $110,000 for makeup? What a joke. The woman is about as shallow as she is incapable of forging a grammatically correct complete sentence

    December 5, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  16. Amber

    Oh, stop it already! _____WHO ____CARES____ANYMORE?????!!!

    December 5, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  17. Angie-OHIO

    who cares. just let her go back to alaska. plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 5, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  18. Susan

    That's allright. She was in the public eye.

    December 5, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  19. California Gold

    "The RNC has said all the clothes purchased will be donated to charity." The Sarah Palin Clothes for Caribou Barbie Charity.

    December 5, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  20. Jolene

    "It takes a lot of money to look this cheap."
    Dolly Parton

    December 5, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  21. Olga

    Why did she need to go to Victoria's Secret? What outfits did she need to buy there that she didn't already own? And I shudder to think what pieces of clothing purchased there can be donated to charity...

    December 5, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  22. Griff

    I was Talking about O.J. SIMPSON!!! You missed it again....

    December 5, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  23. EW

    i don't like her, but I still don't care. There is a double standard, she HAD to have a stylist adn hairdresser. I bet Hillary did also, it is the downside of having boobies and being in the public eye! She had to have tailored high end clothes, if she hadn't then all of you would be commenting on how unprofessional she looked.

    December 5, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  24. Paul Hirokawa

    As soon as Palin sets up a campaign office and staff to run for President, I'll be more than happy to contribute as much as I can.

    This will the final nail in the neanderthal party know as the Republicans. Abe Lincoln must be turning in his grave knowing that his party has been hijacked by the neocons, joe six packs, NASCAR fans, and so called Christians.

    December 5, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  25. Chris in Va.

    You can gold plate a turd, but underneath it still stinks.

    December 5, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
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