December 5th, 2008
09:10 PM ET
7 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. Phil in Ca

    The sad part of this entire story is the RNC spent $180,000 for clothes on a empty suit. So much for the average hockey mom. WHAT A IDIOT, thank God she has been returned to her village in Alaska.

    December 5, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  2. Matt

    Who cares???

    December 5, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  3. Svenman

    The religious righties like their ladies to look like porn stars and act like virgins. Sarah Palin, Katherine Harris, Tammy Baker, etc, etc.

    December 5, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  4. VETS4Obama

    Who in the heck would want a self described hockey mom as a V.P. – much less a President – anyways? We all should have learned during the past 8 years what a dim witted ignorant person can screw up in the most important and pressure filled office in the world! Anyone liking that pig in lip stick and thinking she is qualified for ANYTHING must really have no clue!

    December 5, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  5. Jeff

    Ummm....I don't get it. Why does it matter? I'm not trying to defend Sarah Palin but seriously...why does it matter? Don't get down on Palin if you're not ready to get down on Obama spending 2 million dollars on his victory speech...and that's not a dig at the pres-elect...I'm just saying. Get off her doesn't even matter anymore. This discussion should be closed...worry about what the guy who actually won is going to do rather than worrying about this. I'm really open to responses for those of you who disagree with me because I'm honestly really interested to know why you still think it's a big deal.

    December 5, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  6. Tex

    Say it so Joe.

    December 5, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  7. Joe The Plumber

    Victoria Secret... dang, I knew she had some fine looking items of clothing!

    December 5, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  8. blubrd

    The Democratic National Committee is carrying about $5 million in debt, with almost $12 million cash on hand. DNC officials say they expect to have the debt paid by the end of the year. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee carries some $19 million in debt and less than $3 million on hand. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is nearly $13 million in debt.

    December 5, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  9. BB

    Oh my God... I SO don't care anymore! Can we just let her die already?

    December 5, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  10. Tex

    I messed this up-Say it ain't so Joe–YOU BETCHA

    December 5, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  11. Gin

    Commonwealth VA, how much will President Obama's suite inaugural suites cost? THAT is elitism at its worst.

    December 5, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  12. Chris

    Sarah Palin is a national joke. Victoria's Secret? Todd and his silk boxers? All to aid some nonsense about Joe the Plummer in a completely incoherent, all-over-the-place campaign?? My God, what a ludicrous farce. To think this airhead could have been one heartbeat away, in THIS financial crisis, in THESE times! The people who voted for McCain and her really put our national security at risk. You people need to think seriously why you believe this dimwit could run the greatest country on earth.

    December 5, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  13. Dumb


    December 5, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  14. PJP

    RE: New Yorker I agree with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 5, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  15. Vandy MBA

    Hey Vets4Obama

    I am not defending her at all. I'm trying to get CNN to cover more news worthy subjects versus this junk. If CNN reported on the wasteful spending in gov't (local and national), in the corporate world, in the unions, and how to bring it under that would be a story.

    Who cares what was spent on her clothes.......write a real story.

    December 5, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  16. Ed, Santa Fe, NM


    December 5, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  17. Lynn, FL

    I feel really sorry for all of you who are apparently so emotionally wrapped up in this that you have to spew hateful comments on either side. Grow up.

    December 5, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  18. julius your an idiot

    Do you really believe all this crap. Most of your dumb questions have been asked and answered by people smarter than you. I guess making up stories is nothing new to your party and its politics. BTW PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA USED THE 750 MILLION TO KICK YOUR BUTT. LOL LOL

    December 5, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  19. bob seeley

    Tundra Trash and her mongoloid can go back and freeze in the dark. Too bad because Trig the retard, if he( or it) had moved from Wasilla to Washington, would had raised the IQ average of both places.

    December 5, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Pathetic. A family could live off that amount for several years! I'm speechless, except for the fact that she's still wearing the supposedly- donated clothes. She is completely removed from reality of the everyday person. She's a typical Republican spendaholic.

    December 5, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    What's the big deal? She's running for VP of the free world and you want her to dress like she comes from thrift shop?

    December 5, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  22. Julius

    What has Obama ever done, managed, changed, budgeted, or improved?

    He wants to raise our taxes $1.2 trillion dollars.

    He wants to socialize our medical services industry.

    He declared he has no problem with $12-14 a gallon gas...why should he care he does not pay for anything andnever did as he is a federal employee.

    He wants to give MY money to bums who dont want to work...but I have to get up early am 6 days a week?

    Can any of you leftist, retards tell that invalid that America has 50 states and NOT 57 as he stated last spring?

    Also, socialism is not what made America great and rich.

    Look what it has done to Europe today.

    He is incompetent and inept and repeatedly states he would rather send $700 BILLION dollars every year to the muslim nations instead of drilling for our own oil which is estimated to be 4.3 trillion barrels in our borders and coastal waters....and Palin is the idiot you claim?

    Yeah, I can see why you leftards are glad to see Osama-Obama in office.

    Let the destruction begin.

    December 5, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  23. beau

    WOW 180,000 Thousand Dollars to look like a Drag Queen.
    Thank the Lord she is back in Alaska

    December 5, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  24. A Latte Lover, Seattle, WA

    As my mama always said, "You can't make a silk purse out of a sows ear"

    Seems to sum it up regarding Palin and the RNC expenditures to make her into something other than what she actually is, lol...

    December 5, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  25. carment

    @J " But then you see her bill for over $400.00 LUNCH of lobster with Barack. "

    You obviously missed the fact that this was proved to be a total misreporting. Turns out the Obamas never even stayed at the hotel where this meal was first reported to have been served (room service).

    The publication withdrew the story and apologized.

    December 5, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
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