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. Lisa

    Does anyone one here that requests "CNN, the media, everyone stop covering Sarah Palin" realize that every time you click on her name on a website it is recorded and the more you click and the more you comment, the more she will be in "the media".

    It is very true and you are fueling the fire.

    December 5, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  2. LesGee

    It was not necessary to outfit the whole family. The Palin took full advantage of it and went to town. After the news leak, all items are scheduled to go charity. Yeah right i must admit for a gun toting Governor...she has good taste.

    December 5, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  3. Carolina

    Big deal, leave the lady alone awhile, she's not bothering you. Why don't you ride Obama on all the money he's wasted buying the presidency and his inauguration???

    December 5, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  4. VETS4Obama

    Hey Vandy you cannot seriously be trying to defend her are you? WOW!

    December 5, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  5. hitobito

    You can dress up a pig, put lipstick on a pitbull, she's still a pig and a pitbull. The RNC is as clueless as Sarah Palin. How many people who actually read newspapers on a regular basis can't name a single one? How stupid do you have to be to actually suggest that proximity of Russia in some way qualifies as foreign policy experience? This is not your average "soccer mom". Most soccer moms are a lot smarter than Sarah Palin will ever be!

    December 5, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  6. Paul Lennon

    The R's don't care .
    Why is this news worthy.
    Get a life

    December 5, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  7. Seattle Voter

    What I find interesting is that any time I interview for a job, or accept one for that matter, I am the one who pays for any outfit required to seal the deal. Even pilots are required to purchase their own uniforms. So why on earth Palin isn't the one footing the bill for her fashion excess for herself, her husband, and her children is beyond me. Don't even get me started on the lingerie...

    December 5, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  8. David

    So when they say all clothes... Do they mean even the Victoria Secret stuff she recieved? That is nasty...

    December 5, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  9. Reality

    IM SOOOO HAPPY SHE LOST !!!!

    December 5, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  10. Sandy

    Anna, How can you say that Obama does not have a plan. He has done more than any elected president prior to taking office has ever done. Open your mind and you will see that he is doing all that he can do prior to being sworn in. A Closed mind is a Wonderful Thing to Loose!

    December 5, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  11. ITSONNOW

    WHATS IN A NEWS STORY? COURSE IT HAS TO BE NEWS FIRST. JOURNALISM HAS BECOME A PERJURED ART. NO OFFENSE TO LIARS AND LEARY FLOUNT.

    December 5, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  12. Stephanie

    I wonder what charity they will be donated to? I don't think I'll be able to pick this stuff up at the Salvation Army? Where does the RNC donate clothes to? She's just my size, but not my style. If I can get her clothes? Can I be a potential Presidential Candidate? My underwear are old, but clean. Does that count?

    December 5, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  13. VETS4Obama

    This little piggy went to market (and bought clothes and FORCED another piggy to wear them), this little piggy went home, and THIS little piggy in lip stick went wah wah wah ALL the home to Alaska!

    December 5, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  14. Darren

    What a great little nugget of news for the rednecks to chew on while they wait for their unemployment checks.

    Oh, that's right, prideful 'publican rednecks would never take unemployment money...right? right? That's just for lazy 'libs'...right?

    December 5, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  15. Heather

    Obviously. Totally. Worth. It.

    December 5, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Just look at the Newsweek cover.

    December 5, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  17. WBW OHIO

    Republicans Have to be the most Incredible bunch of IDIOTS TO WALK THE FACE OF THIS PLANET . Your comments here and your choice of Leaders that you think are intelligent enough to lead this country are beyond comprehension.

    December 5, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  18. KJL

    This silly woman is already talking about 2012. Can you imagine how much she'll need to spend for clothes by then? The Republican party will go bankrupt on shoes alone!

    December 5, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  19. Phil

    I honestly don't care too much about the woman, her political career is hopefully in the tank. Democrats think she's a joke and republicans either blame her for the loss or are the nutjobs who somehow still think she's perfect.

    But I find these factoids funny. And I find the comment section hilarious. Pure schadenfreude. I guess that makes me a bad person, but after the last 8 years of truly delusional idiots telling me how the world works, I think I've got it comming

    December 5, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  20. Schratboy

    BFD....Barry Obama spent close to $750,000,000 dollars, almost 3:1 compared to John McCain. The end result was that Barry paid about $10 dollars per vote while McCain invested somewhere around $3/vote. And CNN has the gall to cite Palin's dress excess?

    Indeed, the rat is in charge of the hen house and CNN is nothing more than a PR agency for Obama.

    December 5, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  21. steve

    If we ignore her...she'll go away!!! Can't we just do that???

    December 5, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  22. Winnie

    Palin is dishonest and ignorant. She did'nt even know what the role of a VP was. The thought of a person like her running the country is scary. She spent way to much on clothes. Besides, she was the one running not her family. They act like Alaskan Hillibillies. Perhaps if her husband got a job, they would not have come on the campaign to begin with looking raggedy. 180K is a house for some people and out of foreclosure for a lot more. Did they get the maternity clothes from Target?? Has she donated the Victoria Secret underwear yet and who would buy it. Sure VS sells more than underwear but certainly nothing that is fit for the campaign trail. She is someone McCain desperately dug out from under a rock.

    December 5, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  23. get over it

    Get over it. How much do you suppose Barack Obama's suits and haircuts and make-up cost? Plenty. But because the media is looking for blood on anything other than Obama worship, we hear about stupid stuff like this. Did they spend more than needed? Perhaps, but not outrageously so. Politicians are judged on so much more than what they would do in office- and appearance is definitely one of them. Palin had to look better than any man because she's a woman. Woman's clothing is more expensive than mens' (any woman and any married man can tell you this). Don't believe me? Look at what Hillary had to deal with- reporters commenting on her clothes. WHO CARES!? Personally, we'd do so much better if we didn't ever actually see the candidates and only heard that they believed in doing for our country. The debate with Kennedy was the beginning of the Hollywood election process- whoever can twist themselves to look better has a much better chance of winning.

    December 5, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  24. Not over being sick of Palin yet.

    Who cares what Sarah was wearing? What really needs fixing is that Sarah Palin owes Barack Obama and the American people a BIG APOLOGY for all her sarcastic and snide remarks AND LIES SHE TOLD....that stirred up all the redneck and Joe the Plumber types.

    All Obama's "palling around with terrorists" proved to be nothing more than an acquaintance that he knew with whom he served on a committee.

    Sarah did more damage in those 6 weeks and she may claim to be oh so Christian, but there are a lot of us out here who will not soon forget how she delighted in being so coyly nasty. They never made fun of her IQ or anything about her family, yet think about all she said.
    You know who we have to thank for this? John McCain. Testosterone gets in the way again!!!!

    As many of you have said, who cares about the clothes and the hairdos? What's really sad is that the Republican men are led by something other than their brains. It's not the Republican women who are so crazy about Sarah, it's the men. Even the Governors kinds of look like a bunch of awestruck 16 year olds whose hormones are in overdrive!!!

    Is Palin and and Huckabee really the BEST you Republicans have to offer? No one smarter out there than this??? And please...do we really have to stomach another Bush??? Won't you Bushes give it a rest for a while? Jeb, go retire on your millions, and tell your kid to stay away, too. Please.

    Sarah....stay in Alaska with your husband and kids, and work for your state. Or are you really bored with them? Does Todd really like being treated like a dork?

    December 5, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  25. VETS4Obama

    Hey Carolina stop with the sour grapes. Obama wasn't out spewing hatred and trying to divide the country like that pig in lip stick was! People like you need to understand that this country has had it with Karl Rove politics and she was just a puppet following his hate filled play book!

    December 5, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
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