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. Dick

    Is this story old and pointless? You betcha!

    December 5, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  2. Matt

    that's some expensive lipstick

    December 5, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  3. John E Lexington KY

    Is there anything regarding Sarah Palin that isn't ridiculous, grotesque and/or corrupt? She's intelligent – which makes her dangerous – but she has set down the markers for what a responsible candidate for high office should not do in her rhetoric, her preparation, and her ethics. Should she ever win any high office, it will mean indeed the nation's future is toast. I hope Alaska does the nation the favor of removing her from any platform for her ambitions.

    December 5, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  4. Kevin

    I can't get over all the haters that still find this newsworthy. She lost. Let it go. Your guy won. Get over it!

    December 5, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  5. MichMom

    The money would have been better spent paying for Ms. Palin to enroll in college so that she could get a real education. If she wants to lead our country, it's time for her to go beyond her 4th grade education.

    December 5, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  6. Azrael

    180,000?? so what.... its not news people.... How about putting up something about Darfur then this political childish crap........

    December 5, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  7. TomByrd

    I hope that no one seriously thinks that these donations will be dropped into a Goodwill box in some local shop to be given to a wandering baglady. I’m sure the receiving charities will auction them off to make some real money, most likely from benefactors of the McCain campaign…perhaps they will then be donated right back to Palin. The FEC filings establish a value, give the RNC something to write off and tell the charities what they can talk up. The RNC comes off with a nice write down, plus the publicity. No losers.

    December 5, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  8. Shepp

    Great...Barbie has no problem spending like white trash gone wild...big surprise.

    CNN this is the AT LEAST the 2nd story on the woman today; who has no future except for litigation,conviction and jail time one would hope.

    Day after day you have chased and slatherd after this train wreck.

    I do think this is it for CNN and me...Haedlies are easy quick catch ups for a businessman facing the second Great Depression in 100 years, at this point I'll go elswhere for information.

    You will be banned from my Favorites.

    Pathetic.

    December 5, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  9. JC

    Old news...no news.

    December 5, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  10. Brian

    @Lesley:
    Don't get me wrong - I voted for Obama and I'm ecstatic that he won. My point was that money wasted putting lipstick on that pig was no different than money spent trying to win an election that was already won.

    December 5, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  11. jenny

    This ticker blog is sexist... where is the blog about how much it cost to dress the men?

    December 5, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  12. Don

    Has anyone done any studies to determine if Palin supporters would be half as wild about her of she looked like Janet Reno, or even Laura Bush? I'm guessing not. Other than her support of core conservative issues, I haven't heard what original ideas she has that should make her the front runner for 2012, but there she is, so you have to wonder.

    It's disappointing that the American public can be fooled by a pretty face in a LOT of nice clothes when the issues are this important.

    December 5, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  13. Louis

    I'm waiting for the day I'm walking down the streets of New York and see a bum walking her shopping cart and wearing a $5,000 pant suit. When is this all being donated to charity again?

    December 5, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  14. Monique, Honolulu

    While I don't like Palin at all (happily voted for Obama) and think all the money spent on clothing and makeup is a waste... I'd like to know how much was spent on dressing up McCain and Obama as well. Just for the sake of comparison. Is it such a huge difference that the topic is newsworthy?

    December 5, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  15. Drew

    It seems the republican decision makers are in no recession at all

    December 5, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  16. Anj

    Please tell me she is not returning or donating the stuff she bought from VS? ewww

    December 5, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  17. Greg Irwin

    The sad part about this clothing issue, if Gov. Palin was such a Mvaerick as she told the American public during the campaign. Why didn't she just wear her own clothes and be herself as she does as the governor of Alaska,
    Why be presented to the American public as someone she is not, if she stood up the Old Boys of the Oil Companies and her party in Alaska, why didn't she carry through those same principles with the National RNC.

    December 5, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  18. Jim

    I am sure they could raise more money than the clothes are worth by bidding them on eBay as "... the clothes worn by Sarah Palin". I would be interested in bidding on the Victoria Secret stuff ;)

    December 5, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  19. Kathy Austin

    Spending money at Victoria's Secret for lingerie that goes UNDER her clothes? Who was going to see it? That's absurd! I'D like even $500 to spend on clothes!

    December 5, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  20. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Further proof that the "party of fiscal responsibility" is no more....but of course the last eight years made that perfectly clear before this arrogant and incompetent diva demanded this inexcusable extravagance be lavished on her. Few of us could spend $180,000 on clothes in a LIFETIME! Thanks heavens that she and her incompetent running mate LOST.....can you imagine the national mood had they won?

    December 5, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  21. Steve

    Who cares? Is this what you call journalism?

    December 5, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  22. deca

    Victoria's Secret? What in the .....? Is that what she was really wearing when those McCain advisers came to the door?

    December 5, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  23. still a male

    I don't agree with her politics but I say money well spent. Eye candy has a hefty price.

    December 5, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  24. Matt

    Fact: The sexism does not lie in the criticism of this enormous farsical expenditure. It lies in the fact that they spent it in the first place.

    Fact: If she was an ugly, short-haired, unmarried woman with an incredible education, interesting, rational policy positions and the ability to communicate informed and reasonable viewpoints, McCain might have won.

    The GOP needs to stop underestimating the American public. The tide has shifted. The majority of us are not blind enough to allow the blind to lead us anymore.

    December 5, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  25. Ed SLC, UT

    I am not a Palin Fan but give her and her family a break. They did not spend the money...The RNC spent the money. Hello???? That is what happens when there is no oversight!!

    December 5, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
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