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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  1. lbh

    The RNC got snookered, and no amount of clothes could conceal the fact that she was more a wicked stepsister than a Cinderella. But please, no more coverage for her. She needs to disappear now into permanent media oblivion.

    December 5, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  2. Real

    No one cares?! We SHOULD care!! Its our money she is wearing!

    Out of the GOVERNMENT funded money she and her family got for clothes and other FREE crap, will she ever donate it to a 'charity' other than the "Palin anti-pay fund'?

    December 5, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  3. Kaye- Jacksonville FL

    Ewwwwwww.....hope that Victoria's Secret stuff doesn't end up in a charity box! Who wants used panties? Maybe it will go to that consignment shop in Wasilla where Sarah usually shops....then she can buy it all back at a great price! LMAO....what a joke – from her toes to her nose....what a joke.

    December 5, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  4. Matt

    And can I just say...my last post is serious advice to the GOP despite being a bleeding heart leftist liberal who voted for Obama. It would benefit us all...our entire country...if the lowest common denominator was not pandered to. Political discourse is tormented and wounded and left bleeding by the roadside when one party refuses to aspire to something greater and demand it of its constituents...and instead seeks to glorify the average and mundane.

    Take a note: Obama appealed to people across the entire spectrum.

    December 5, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  5. Sally C.

    Tell me, is this what is meant by the "trickle down theory"? Yeah, if you want to live like a republican you better learn to vote like a democrate!

    December 5, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  6. Joe Ann

    I voted for Obama, but I don't know why everyone wants to blame Palin for the clothes. This was the RNC's decision to spend the money to window dress her. She doesn't strike me as someone who would have demanded this expensive wardrobe.

    December 5, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  7. SB

    Another example of a right-wing cultist taking advantage of the system.

    December 5, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  8. Debbie

    Well shoot, Republican supporters spent a whole ton on nose jobs for Paula Jones and whatnot, so who cares what they spend on the Witch from Wasilla? The funny thing is that now she's back in Alaska, she is having TERRIBLE trouble sorting out what was hers from what they bought her...oh dear what a dilemma? And what balderdash...as a woman I know darned well I would be able to idenfity EVERY item.

    JUST GET THIS WOMAN OFF THE HOME PAGE – SHE IS NOT NEWS!

    December 5, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  9. Second hand Rose

    Although Palen was a nut case, but a smart nut case. She knew how to manipulate the public and the Republicans. Pleople came to see her like she was a 2 headed lady at a side show circus. There is nothing wrong with thrift shope clothes, however that seemed to not go along with the Republican elite. I wear things from thrift shops and flea markets, and am proud that I can save in that way. I want for nothing. In fact my whole house is decorated with flea market and thrift shop finds. Its fun dressing and decorating on a dime. If Palen had kept her mouth shut no one would have known she was wearing second hand clothes. Just call me Second Hand Rose!

    December 5, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  10. Rob

    I have but one word for the author of this article, but I can not say it here. Real news might be to detail donations to the BHO campaign and where it spent it 's money. What about Hillarys campaign, since she is still is debt. How was her makeover paid for when she exited the White house for a senate run. Stop trying to just make headlines and run with the same old thing. Investigate something of substance for once, isn't that what your ideal was when you went to college ?

    December 5, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  11. Evangeline

    The difference between Palin and Michelle Obama is that..........Michelle paid for her clothes OUT OF HER OWN POCKET! So comparing Sarah Palin's $150K clothing tab to Michelle Obama's inaugural gown is a MOOT point!

    December 5, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  12. Marie

    Why are you CNN still reporting this? No one cares!!!! There are more important items that are actually news worthy. It is time to move on and leave this sad story where it belongs...in the past.

    December 5, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  13. thierry of Montreal

    Do not dump all the used stuff to charity to buy forgiveness.
    Charity do not need the chic clothes bought for a one night/event party. Charity do need cash and other goods which are bought / given with good and honest intention.

    Anyway, it is so clear that if Palin can throw away 180,000$ so easily, we can predict the day she becomes President, bailouts in the order of hundreds of billion will be for Charity work too!.

    As per Bill Maher who once has quoted on Larry King show, if the GOP are very stupid, Palin will have a bright future within the party!!!.

    December 5, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  14. fred

    And how much did the DNC spend on Obama's family?

    December 5, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  15. Subhash

    So, she bought from Victoria's secret and some poor slob is going to purchase those. I am sure that Sean Hannity will buy that for a fortune.

    December 5, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  16. Brigitte

    Can we leave this woman alone now? Who cares what brand of underwear she was wearing! CNN– c'mon. You're killin us here.

    December 5, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  17. Mary

    There are so many mean-spirited people in the Democratic party as evidenced by their remarks. I am not really that proud of America or the people anymore. Sad end to what I thought would be a happy retirement.

    December 5, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    BFD!

    December 5, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  19. proudliberal

    for dems she was worth every penny.

    December 5, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  20. Annie

    Maybe it's time for me to get into the fashion business – I sure wouldn't mind earning those figures as a 'stylist' !

    December 5, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  21. Lili

    I hope the republicans due nominate Palin in 2012, that would all but guarantee Obama another 4 years...PALIN 2012

    December 5, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  22. Blues

    The GOP thought they could steal the hearts and minds of voters. but it didn't workout well.

    December 5, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  23. New Yorker

    Okay, now why don't you itemize the three quarters of a billion dollars that the Obama campaign spent on getting their candidate elected. I hope the fairness doctrine is reinstated for this very reason. Oh, whoops, I always forget about the double standard.

    December 5, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  24. e. michael semple

    she should not be allowed in the cintiguous united states. help us if the gop really thinks she is a viable canditate in 2012.

    December 5, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  25. TW

    Victoria's Secret? Where was I when all that was going on?
    I'm always the last to know!

    December 5, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
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