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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  1. Steven

    Did you seriously just list Target and Macy's as high-end stores? Please balance this story by reporting how many suits Obama bought at these stores.

    December 5, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  2. JT

    What is the purpose of mentioning this person. Her and McCain lost, get over it. Can we please move on getting this country back together. Unless Palin's clothing expense was the cause for the economic crisis.

    December 5, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  3. Garth, TX

    She's a moose hunting idiot. I wish I could put the gun in the moose's hoofs to hunt her down. What a waste of space CNN, please tell us something new–Sarah is over, and the general concensus is– she is dumb as a doorknob.

    December 5, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  4. lifewriter.writing.com

    I just thank our lucky stars this woman wasn't elected. Our economy is suffering enough...

    December 5, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  5. O people, people!

    People, can you just move on and find something else to talk about?
    With all the problems all over the country and the world, why o why, would you still waste time on this? Leave it to The Insider and Extra, and talk about things that really matter!

    December 5, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  6. randy

    I didn't realize that Sarah Palin was such a threat to the liberals. Fascinating.

    December 5, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  7. soulstar is blind

    You want fiscal responsibility. Obama spent $450,000 for a party for his hollywood friends. Michelle Obama's dresses 'averaged $850' and she bought 25 of them. Obama thre so many millions of dollars on negative campaign ads in the last month that he could have fed 3 African countries for a year .....And in terms of donations -- please note that the failed Fannie Mae contributed more money to Obama over the past year just before failing then to any other politician....

    December 5, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  8. Mo Joe

    Don't worry about the money now. It does take a lot of covering to fake it even if it's just since August she started. On the other hand it won't be tax payers money since she won't be in the White House. Let her finish burning up the republicans funds.

    December 5, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  9. bias media should just do their jobs

    WHO GIVES A FLYING EXCREMENT ???????

    December 5, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  10. MoodyBlue

    Victoria's Secret??? As a taxpayer, I want to see what she got – preferably on her.

    December 5, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  11. Jane T, Williamsburg, VA

    The election is over. Enough with the trashing of Palin and the RNC. I'm sick of both parties at this point. Let's move on and get going with the sham of the next administration.

    December 5, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  12. Woodman

    Yep. Typical hockey mom & joe six-pack expenses. Ya betcha, yup. She's one of us, yup.

    December 5, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  13. Keira

    Slow news day?

    Seriously, just hang on to this stuff so you can attack her like crazy with non-news issues if she ever tries to run again. It's what the media is so darn good at!

    December 5, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  14. abraxis

    Why is any news source giving Knuckle Head air time is beyond me. The RNC lied, she's ignorant, and they lost. Please let the sleeping dog lie!

    December 5, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  15. Melinda, GA

    Yeah, I'm sure there are so many people just waiting for dresses from Neiman Marcus, in a size two. Yes, that will really be good for charity. The GOP has turned into the grand old putz party. What morons.

    December 5, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  16. Carolyn of Georgia

    You need only to consider the fact that she was ignorant enough to consider herself qualified to be the vice-president of the United States to realize that she isn't worth one dime of anybody's money.

    December 5, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  17. T.J.

    Victoria's Secret? Really? We aren't going to see what's under her high end clothing, she doesn't need high end pajamas, and she doesn't need perfume. How can they justify spending money there?

    December 5, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  18. Bruce Barrett

    True Republicans .................Amazing.

    December 5, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  19. Tim from Ohio

    She does look great in those clothes. Unfortunately, it DOES matter what a female wears and how she wears it. It happended to Senator Clinton. It's sexism. Women have to dress near perfect in American society or they will come under scrutiny. Even women in professional jobs have extra added pressure to dress nice.

    December 5, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  20. Sue

    Will this silly woman ever go away ?

    December 5, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  21. singular

    You know, it could be reasonably argued that she was 'spreading the wealth'.

    Obama would be proud.

    December 5, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  22. GOP Campaign Strategy

    Keep donating to their campaign funds.. plus keep checking the campaign box on you income tax return to donate money to these folks.. Help the corrupt system stay corrupt

    December 5, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  23. Petra, independent from PA

    She could use some of those clothes when she runs for president 2012.... After she masters the english language!

    December 5, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  24. Julie97

    I voted for Obama, and I am so happy that he won. As much as I disagree with a lot of Palin's philosophies, I can't help but feel that these attacks are unfair. None of these candidates were shopping at thrift stores for their outfits! It is unfair that if she wears frumpy clothing, she would be criticized, and if she wears nice tailored clothing she gets slammed. Looking good isn't cheap, that is just a reality.

    December 5, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  25. Angela, IN

    Sarah is an airhead and so is CNN for posting such garbage. Those clothes are in her closet and the taxpayers will never see any returns. Sound familiar–like Wall Street maybe?

    It's done CNN, move on. Hopefully we'll see less of Sarah and more of smart people in the news.

    December 5, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
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