December 5th, 2008
09:10 PM ET
5 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. Sue

    Wow, I could look good too on $20,000 a WEEK! Maybe the RNC better think twice about putting her on another ticket. Can you imagine the bills for the YEAR 2012? Or maybe she can do what she said, and bring her second hand clothes and put on her own makeup. Geez.

    December 5, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  2. William

    Donated to charity? Are you kidding me! I couldn't afford these clothes, and now they are going to be at a Salvation Army? Guess I should start shopping there. Now even the poor can wear Prada.

    December 5, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  3. Andrew Flynn

    Obama hasnt even taken office yet and youre talking 2012!!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!! My head is gonna EXPLODE!!!! Besides, Palin and Huckabee?!?!? Who are the Dems gonna put up?...Jackson and Sharpton? Give me a break and give Obama a few years before we start the 2012 talk.....

    December 5, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  4. Sandy

    How nice to release this on a Friday evening. LOL

    December 5, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  5. Diana

    With all the bailout money we have been giving out I can't see for the life of me why they didn't let her keep the clothes....to me it was stupid to take them back in my opinion she really earned them.........look at all the crap she had to put up with and brush it off as if it was nothing....me..hell... I would have come out swinging

    December 5, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  6. ...even the Vickie's Secret stuff?!!

    ...yuk.

    December 5, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  7. don

    180,000 and still did not make her look any better.

    December 5, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  8. Randy

    Who Cares.... starts reporting NEWS.

    December 5, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  9. Kelly

    If I had donated money to the RNC or to John McCain's campaign, I would be livid. That is outrageous.

    I find it disgusting that they thought it was necessary to spend so much money on her appearance. She's not a Hollywood actress, she's a governor, for crying out loud. The Republicans spent all that money just to make her look less trustworthy and more money-grubbing. Way to go. Money well spent.

    December 5, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  10. ???

    Ann Taylor is a "high end" store?

    December 5, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  11. ???

    Whoops, didn't see Target mentioned there, too. Again..."high end"?

    December 5, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  12. lovable liberal

    Used clothing is worth even less that used cars. Might as well let her keep it and wear it to charity fundraisers. That would make more economic sense.

    December 5, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  13. Sue

    Wait, $55 thousand to Kline, $24,000 to stores, and $110,000 on hair?

    I come up with almost $200,000. Hope it was worth it to someone besides the traveling hair and makeup folks. Bet Trig would just like to know who his mom is.

    December 5, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  14. Todd

    She need new underwear from Victoria's Secret for the campaign trail?
    And she's gonna donate that to charity?

    You betcha!

    December 5, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  15. Ken in NC

    This woman simply will not go away. Let her keep the clothes so she will not have to repurchase them in 2016.

    December 5, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  16. Pier Giacalone

    Wow, Huckabee and Palin? That's the Republican ticket???

    So in other words the religious right just flat out owns the party?

    December 5, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  17. Larry

    What would be news is what the Dems spent on Obama and his families clothes,we had already read about ,and read about Sarah

    December 5, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  18. NO Palin in 2012 or beyond

    It does not surprise me, however I find it outrageous and excessive. The GOP should be ashamed for spending that much money as a motive to help them win an election! It sounds like many people in our government do not understand the hardships of every day people when you see this kind of spending and for WHAT?

    December 5, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  19. No Hillary = No Obama

    SO WHAT????????

    December 5, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  20. Ridgeway

    Hillary's in debt up to her cottage cheese butt and Obama made millions on the campaign so who cares about a pawltry few hundred thousand. Typical CNN crap.

    December 5, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  21. Minnesotan

    The GOP tried their best to put high priced lipstick on that pig, but when they go Taxin'n'Spendin' at Victorias Secret... well that's just egregious with MY tax dollars!

    December 5, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  22. Reasonable

    Just too funny!!!

    December 5, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  23. LA33ROSS

    DO ANYONE CARE. Why are we still talking about it.

    December 5, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  24. Artola

    I wonder how much it cost and who paid for her take that bridge to no where all the way back to Alaska on Nov. 4? The RNC has repeatedly claimed that McCain just couldn't compete with Obama's money. Seems like they just didn't spend their money wisely. Thank goodness, they aren't in charge of the economy.

    December 5, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  25. Anne Russelol

    Perhaps it best if we concentrate on NOW and the state of things rather than going so far in the future?
    It appears the media is more in love with Sarah Palin than the rest of the country. It's time they stop courting her, giving her media time and shoving her down our throats; at least for the next few months. Allow US, that is the United States, to behave like intelligent human beings. It seems the media is insistent upon telling the population what to think and how to feel. How about allowing our own critical thinking? We are not herds of animals, led to the slaughter and faced with only the belief of the media .
    Come on people, get a grip!

    December 5, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
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