December 5th, 2008
09:10 PM ET
6 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. jonathan

    who cares!!!! what do they expect her to wear, clothes from walmart... get real!

    December 5, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  2. joyce

    that is stupid.. she has never worn clothes from those stores all her life so she is just trying things out..
    what would have happened if she had worn.. get a designer from italy or france

    December 5, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  3. thzero88

    if she truly thinks she can actually win, she has another thing coming. obama will mop the floor with palin.

    December 5, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  4. Rod

    Well, so the truth comes out....and how many hungry people in a soup kitchen this Christmas would all that money have help,,,,??

    December 5, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  5. Tomkatinseattle

    A monkey in a tuxedo is still a monkey...M2C

    December 5, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  6. Chad

    This is not important.

    December 5, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  7. Peggy from Ohio

    You know the economy is in the toilet when Target is called a "high end" store!
    LOL!

    December 5, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  8. Terri Contrary

    Isn't it funny how the right wing LOONS screamed and moaned ad naseaum about John Edwards $400 haircut, but don't want to talk about Sarah the HATER Palin's wardrobe? The hypocricy just never ends with these folks. This women was so devisive and mean spirited at every campaign stop. THANK GOD she was defeated. Now I just hope and pray she goes away. Go Obama/Biden 2012!!!!!!

    December 5, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  9. frank

    OK ,,, I wont to see the proof of what was purchased at Victorias secret with her wearing it . I need visual verification

    December 5, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  10. SKD

    No doubt they were doing their patriotic duty to stimulate the economy. :)

    December 5, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  11. Ed

    Euh, election was November 4th. Does it take that long to put clothes together in a bag and take them to some charity?

    December 5, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  12. The watcher

    @Bigman

    Your country is dumb...they elected a demon is disguise.

    December 5, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  13. Whyvoterep?

    Makes you wonder what kind of suits she was wearing around Alaska if her wardrobe needed $180,000 worth of additions. The victoria secret thing I don't get, who was that for? Also I agree, by no means is Target considered high end...except for maybe Sarah Palin.

    December 5, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  14. bob

    just keeping her in the news!

    December 5, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  15. Lynda Narug

    What frightens me more is Sarah Palin still thinks she has a chance at the Presidency. She's already campaigning for 2012, not realizing her 15 minutes is up. She needs to tend to her family's difficult situations before looking beyond Alaska.

    December 5, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  16. lynne

    hah. I'm thinkin the RNC is "revealing" this on purpose to keep palin in the news. It would be just par for the course...it would go along with the whole rediculas thinking behind nominating her in the first place. But you know, that thinking didnt get Mccain elected. Thank goodness that there is only a minority that buys into superficial touting of some sort of morality.

    Doesnt matter. Keep it coming. It's hillarious to see them make fools of themselves at every turn.

    December 5, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  17. Stu-Florida

    ffffffst
    Target is pronounced tar-jay... bringing it up to the "high-end" standard of her family... on the taxpayers dollar.

    Victorias Secret is spelt, ummmmmmm

    A moose in lingerie... how fitting!

    December 5, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  18. jt

    Fortunately she was not elected otherwise US will be in more debt! We need brain not looks! We have too many actors in Bush Administration, it is time to get all the intelligent workers to help US as a nation to walk in a straight line! Get our economy back! Get our trust from foreign allies back! And lastly get the Nation trust back! No more monkeying around with the Nation trust and money! God really need to help and bless America!!

    December 5, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  19. tehevo

    GO AWAY SARAH. thank you.

    December 5, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  20. Rantxs

    no matter the cost, you can't pretty up stupid!

    December 5, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  21. Lynn

    Just goes to show that you can dress up a pig and put lipstick on her but she still stinks!

    December 5, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  22. RayRey

    I'm sorry, come again... Sarah who??......

    December 5, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  23. Matthew

    LOL @ "high end" and Target being mentioned in the same sentence.

    December 5, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  24. Missourian

    Just more evidence Palin is a hypocrite. There's nothing real about this awful person. Thank goodness she's gone back to the wilderness.

    December 5, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  25. Josh Maloney, Oakland, CA

    How about this breakdown of that $180,000 that could go to a charitable organization:
    $2000 in clothes
    $178,000 in cash

    December 5, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
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