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. gl, Pittsburgh

    You know I read most comments and the Republican just don't get it. They need to get black and minority voters if they plan on winning in 2012. Palin alone will not be enough. Most blacks and minority find Palin a racist that spead hatefull remark like Repubs are the real American and the Dems are not. Please stop taking blacks and minority voters lighty. We are the future and if the Repbulicans can not persaude some of us they will never get back in the White House. Sara Palin is too too far to the right with a empty head that don't read. She have no clue about dealing with blacks or miniority let alone be the next president.

    December 5, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  2. Stokie72

    What is all the fuss about. I bet they can get more than $180,000 for her lingerie on Ebay and turn a profit.

    December 5, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  3. Lorraine

    For all you screaming about why no one is commenting on the clothing of the other candidates and their families; there is a very good reason. All the other candidates bought their own clothes; paid for their own stylists (if they used them at all) and no other candidates felt it necessary to pay for major makeovers, including undergarments and luggage, for every member of their extended family.

    This is news because it shows Palin herself and the GOP to be complete hypocrites. The GOP bills itself as the party of 'fiscal responsibility' and yet they authorized continuing huge expenditures to put clothes on Palin and her entire family. Not just any clothes; clothes that probably 85% of the country couldn't afford and most wouldn't buy.

    Palin went out almost every day for 9 weeks and portrayed herself as a 'hockey mom'; just like every other mainstream America suburban mom; no pretensions. I challenge anyone to go into an average suburban neighborhood and find a mother who spends approximately $2000 a week on clothes, hair and make-up.

    And seriously, do any of you donate your USED undergarments?

    December 5, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  4. Terry

    The difference here is that everyone else pays for their own clothes, Gov Palin's were paid for by donations to the party. I could give a rip how much Barack, Hillary or McCain pay for their clothes, unless they are paid for by me donation to their election fund.
    Thank you,
    Terry

    December 5, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  5. obo

    Palin hangs around with political terrorists...

    December 5, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  6. josh

    I am about as liberal as they come but this story is ridiculous. How about Obama or McCain's hair and makeup costs? I think often people cry wolf on sexism quite a bit but you could substantiate a case here.

    December 5, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  7. republicans hate america

    vandy - the problem is that the RNC paraded this phony around as if she was some joe six pack humbling around the "real" america and on a campaign against all the elitist of the world. in other words the republicans are just a bunch of hypocrites that is so far out of touch with reality they dont see the irony in their nonsense.

    December 5, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  8. Bobbi

    Though I'm a lifelong democrat, CNN's blatant bias against Sarah Palin had prompted a total boycott in our household of CNN following your Republican Convention coverage. Just this week, I had eased back in to a little AC360 here, a little Larry King there, an occasional check of the website. But I am sorry to say that the ridiculousness of what you consider to be newsworthy – including the cost of being "camera ready" for literally hundreds of appearances – has left me absolutely dumbfounded. Headline News has been an insult to anyone with an IQ over 100 for years. Your CNN daytime anchors are uninformed and unintelligent enough to be considered silly. And yet I hung on believing that though you were aiming pretty low, I could sift through the dredge for the luxury of instant news. I must now draw the line. It is not worth supporting your poor journalism and penchant for entertainment as opposed to news to get drips and drabs of facts.

    December 5, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  9. Tom in CA

    WHO CARES! This is no longer "NEWS OF THE DAY!"

    Get a LIFE CNN!

    She's back being "Guardian of the Northern Frontier" because she can see Russia from her house! You BETCHA!

    December 5, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  10. Pat

    WE have another Tammy Baker!!

    December 5, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  11. North to Alaska

    What would Joe the Plumber say? Oh yeah, I just remembered; his name's not Joe and he's not a plumber.

    The big difference here is Obama, Clinton, and McCain–including Cindy and her $300,000 outfit–PAID for there clothes. What a concept.

    December 5, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  12. Proud Republican in TX

    Since when does TARGET = High end... Maybe Ann Taylor but TARGET, come on CNN... Let it go already.

    December 5, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  13. Valerie

    Next time send her to Nordstroms. She and her family could take full advantage of the personal shoppers offered at this store. All the money she spent - she always looked dull. If you are reading Palin take my advise... Nordstroms would dress you from head to toe. You would look and feel like you've been shopping.

    December 5, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  14. Harrison Fuchs

    At least she was doing her part to stimulate the economy. Maybe we should give her what is left in Obama'a war chest, and the economy will get back on its feet. Her wardrobe would be fabulous. Heck, she could buy some for Tina Fey too.

    December 5, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  15. Grumpy

    Victoria's Secret? Not necessary for a speech or interview. She needs $180,000 in clothes, hair and make-up to make her look good?

    If you insist on keeping Palin in the news, how about reporting on when her daughter Bristol's baby was born? You know, the one she was supposedly pregnant with? From what I recall she was supposedly due "sometime in November" ... ? Or did everyone forget already?

    December 5, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  16. gman

    So all that SP needs to do to get the DEMS support is this:

    renounce her God

    support killing fetuses

    ban all guns

    speak like a politician

    and shop at wal -mart

    Seems so reasonable to me !

    December 5, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  17. Brendan N.

    This is fantastic, CNN. Way to cover real news. Now I would have thought that the anti-Palin sentiment that was a residual effect from your fanaticism with Obama would have died by now. Might as well keep this posted to the home page. It's not like there isn't anything else worth reporting..

    December 5, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  18. Palin Fan

    Who cares? Palin for PRESIDENT '12

    December 5, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  19. mary

    Too bad they (RNC) did not make a few stops at Sylvan for some geography and English lessons for her. America got it right this time.

    December 5, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  20. Mark

    Stop the Palin Hate!!! Don't you know that she was scheduled after the SNL gig to do a Bra and Panties Match with Trish Status... you can't wear "Hanes" to a T&A match!

    December 5, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  21. Carlos Rivera

    Please.......why are you digging in to that NON IMPORTANT issue.....welll I should know..............

    December 5, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  22. Greg Porter

    Since when is Target a high-end store?

    December 5, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  23. grahame

    OK People Here's the deal.
    Give as much money as you can to Barack.
    If you only save a doller a month for the next four years plus add two. That's $100.00 If we all do that then Barack will hold about a Billion Bucks right there I personally know of people who had no relationship with anyone in the USA but they sent money to friends in the USA to contribute to Obama. That's how much the world hates the republicans including Sarah Palin. Start now we can put the republicans away from ever

    December 5, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  24. socalgal

    It's amazing to me that many of you are attacking her personally. Just because her views are different doesn't make her stupid or an idiot. If you have something to say back it up with facts without the name calling.

    December 5, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  25. duey79

    This story is funny. The fact is that almost all politicians are crooks that are now viewed like some sort of a celebrity. I thought that the idea was that they were supposed to be servants to the society they represent. If we want to point fingers we should look in the mirror. The American people have allowed politicians to waste effort and public funds on ridiculous things. We have allowed them to misuse their power and supress the true power of America, the people. Republicans are morons and democrats are idiots. Lets face it, we will see this kind of wasteful phoney behavior escalate if nothing is done to stop it. America, get your head out of the sand. Politicians only care about the people they were hired to serve when the spotlight is on them or they have some kind of personal benefit included. The founding fathers would be disgusted if they saw what this country has become.

    December 5, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
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