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.
hey VETS4Nobama, let me guess at ur shindig. 1.you enlisted 2.the service was tooo hard for you 3.you quit 4.NOW YOU CALL YOURSELF A VET!!!????. you join the navy cause you like to be with seamen?close to the bullseye or right on it? stop bashing your fellow americans because they dont see eye to eye with you.
LOL, eww lingerie being donated to charity? yuck! Sarah, moose poop for brains is the GOP's great white hope? huh, well they better start trainin her – she is the dumbest VP candidate in history, NOT as McCain tried to claim, the most qualified... stupid, stupid!!!
CNN should just read these comments to see that their coverage obviously attracts THE most liberal idiots in the world. If their coverage attracts these idiots it is obviously as slanted. You libs are no better then the Right Wingers who impeached Clinton. Same people. You guys should throw a polar opposite idiots party. Fortunately, every leader we elects chooses to ignore the polars. If an intelligent thoughts ever enters your brains please post it to prove me wrong. Go Detroit!
LMAO, someone down in this thread of comments called Sarah Palin brilliant. That is the funniest thing I have heard in a long, long time.
Palin is as near to the opposite of brilliant as is possible.
She is not, and will not ever be, my "role model," as John McCain insinuated she should be. As a woman, I want a woman in office. But I want a woman who supports women rather than setting them back 50 years. I want a woman who supports equal pay for equal work for women. I want a woman who strings together complete, coherant sentences. I want a woman who can answer basic questions about government, foreign policy, and current events.
As for her clothes, this remains a news item because the RNC lied when it discussed them. They haven't been given to charity, and likely won't be. She's still wearing them, even as recently as this last week at a campaign function for Saxby Chambliss in Georgia. When John Edwards received a $400 haircut, it was all over the news. Why should Sarah Palin's astronomically expensive wardrobe and hair and makeup be treated any differently? The woman saw an opportunity to make some cash and decided to reel it in. I don't have a Louis Vuitton bag, but her 7-year-old daughter does. That's beyond ridiculous.
Why are all you people whining? Let this brain-dead bimbo run in 2012 and Barack can cruise through.
Did you notice how the RNC was making sexist comments about Hillary when she was running against Obama in the primaries talking about how "when times get tough, she can't go running behind her apron strings" and then when Palin entered the picture, they were talking about the media's interest in Palin's qualifications as overblown and sexist. Man it sure sucks when the $180,000 bill is on the other foot.
This woman represents the average American like Gomer Pile represents the average American. Her anti-science beliefs, kill and drill politics, and ability to speak in religious tongues aren't what I would consider traits of the average American.
Oh yeah, that's what I really want.... her Victoria's Secret underwear that she "donates to charity". Gag!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Did we have any charges at 'Maternity R Us' for her darlin' daughter??
And they couldn't find any cheaper stores than Neimans & Nordstroms & Saks?????
If this is the way the Republicans operate, God knows why we're in the financial toilet like we are right now.
Is Target considered high end these days?
Slightly used Victoria Secret stuff!! Who wears used underwear!! Nobody I know. They need to go to Sears or Penny's to buy some underwear for the needy!!
Auction off those knickers to the "highest" bidder!!
First, she's a GOVERNOR. Shouldn't she own professional duds?!! Second, as an example of the absurdity, in Chicago, police officers have to pay for thier own uniforms, bulletproof vests and guns(!) if they get the job. Not to mention, they actually have to prove thier ability and competence first...
What did she need from Victoria Secret? Well, I guess the lipstick wasn't enough to entice Todd to do her!
CNN ....WE DON'T CARE........we would rather hear about Michelle Obamas clothes for the inauguration
Maybe a Govenor from Alaska did not have the pockets to buy the clothes that the public expect..........how about reporting how much the Obamas spent on clothes. How much does Caroline Kennedy spend on clothes? Gov. Palin did not have Oprah and company funding her every move. So sad this is all that can be reported with the bigger problems in the world.
Palin cartoonish, GOP fragmented.
Like they say clothes don't make the .........not sure in this case what word finishes that sentence? In any case, the money would have been better spent on New Orleans' Victims, Homeless and Sick Children or the National Debt. Hockey Mom indeed!
Well folks we could not have her running around necked could we? I may want to change that thought at a latter date in time, and I suppose several others may agree.
I personally think businesses may have gouged her, because of political motives. Just some thing to think about, because not all stores are on the up & up.
What bothered me most was her kids always on the campaign trail with her. She said they went to public school. Really? That's a lot of flying everyday then to be in school during the day and the lower 48 every night. Now we know her kids were not at school. They were being tutored. Who was paying for that?
I personally think businesses may have gouged her, because of political motives.
I love the fact that no one is up in arms over Michelle Obama's $5,000 per day stylist that has been working with her for the past 2 years... Everyone should quit complaining- for better or worse, IMAGE is one of the most important things to us Americans. Look, Obama won it with a slick logo, great marketing, and a bunch of blanket promises that have now disappeared from his vocabulary (and website)...
DS Blakenship said: And Hussein Obama gave his wife a $30,000 ring! He has $30 million left. Why doesn't he redistribute it to those less needy???????????
Wow, if this is typical of the GOP supporters, go Dems forever. It is Barack Hussein Obama you racist, scared idiot! Using "Hussein" as if it were a perjorative indicates where you are coming from. The ring story has been debunked; that means it isn't true. Even if it was, P.E. Obama has every right to give his wife whatever gifts he chooses, no matter the price. It's his marriage and his money. You idiot. Should someone tell you what you can and can't give someone? Probably in your narrow-minded GOP world where you need Rush or Hannity or Palin to tell you what to do or think.
As far as giving his campaign money to the needy. Same answer. It is his and he can do with it what he wishes as long as it is within the law. I, as a donor, believe he should use the money to run for a second term.
All that money for clothing and they still couldn't buy her a clue.
america doesn't care what her clothes cost if she had paid for them with her money, but no she used the taxpayers money, and a lot of us can't even afford our kids new shoes. shows she only cares about sara palin.
When will this broad just go away? Yawn.
Who cares? She's a nobody.
I am sure American people didn't care if they have spent $180k on other Republican candidate who has brain. send her to india and pakistan to fix their problem. maybe she'll be useful over there.