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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  1. Imanidiot

    Sara Palin is our future and will be president in 2012. What she lacks in basic knowledge, common sense and ethical behavior she makes up with her fiery rhetoric and snappy wardrobe. We Republicans will take back the country from the Liberal Left under the leadership of Sarah. We need to create a Christian theocracy and force non-believers to live as we do; We are the "family values" party .It is time for a comeback. Just because a few bad apples tried to pick up police in airport bathrooms or proposition underage male pages or take huge amounts from lobbyists doesn't mean we aren't God's party. Sarah is a fundamentalist, gun totin', abortion fighting leader of several thousand people. She is ready to be the most powerful person on the planet.

    December 6, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  2. gil

    Get over it.

    You did not pay for them. And neither did the Tax Payers.

    Get a friggin life.

    December 6, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  3. Jamie

    As long as she says what the lock-step right wants to hear, what she actually DOES won't phase them. So, never mind about the AIP, the financial irregularities at home, or the thousands spent, she throws them a piece of propaganda and they sit up and beg for more. She must be laughing her head off.

    December 6, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  4. Chuck NC

    You people are shameless. This was the biggest non story of the campaign and your trying your best to keep it alive. Move on, all you pointy headed elitist liberals. You got what you want, now your going to have to live with the results.

    December 6, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  5. Lauren in Richmond, VA

    hey, at least we know she wears underwear!!

    December 6, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  6. Beverly B

    Cover something newsworthy. Move on------

    December 6, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  7. grahame

    I just read Julius's comment.
    Go ahead and read it for yourself ,you will get a good laugh out of it.
    Point is that Julius, God bless his ignorant cotten socks, Is fully representative of the mindless twaddle that the Republicans push as some kind of idealistic platform. The sad thing is that there are people around like Julius (read David Duke) who never got out of the fourth grade. Answer me this Jul baby. If Palin was elected president and there was another 9/11 what would she do. Probably hide under the bed until the bad men had gone away.
    Really Julius you are such a joke... There I'm laughing at your ignorance

    December 6, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  8. grahame

    sorry I meant 50 bucks

    December 6, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  9. EuLoGY

    G-Man.........Dems dont support killing fetuses.....they support a womans right to choose what to do with it.

    Like republicans have the right to Pull out.................................................of Iraq LMAO

    December 6, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  10. 3strikes

    hey GMAN, good point there.
    nobamacrats praise their nobama god, they want abortion and theyre for gays in the military. repubs praise god/jesus, theyre pro-life, think homosexuality is blasphemy, and not in line with the false messiah/prophet. two worlds collide. WE NEED REPUB REFORM AND PALIN POWER

    December 6, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  11. Jeff

    I don't see anything wrong with this! Where do people want potential heads of state to shop? TJ Max? Perhaps a plaid hunting jacket would have sufficed? Honestly. Besides, somebody's gotta spend to save us all!

    December 6, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  12. Theresa

    First, to unbelievable, it was not taxpayer money, it was donated money. Second, this was not her decision, it was the RNC's. I think it is funny that the media wants to put the focus on her. Maybe this was a mistake by the RNC but the truth is she was the only woman on either ticket. Remember, you don't get to use the party's funds until you become the official nominee, so Hillary didn't qualify. My point is, women are judged based on how they look. Like it or not, that is how our world works.

    December 6, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  13. Brendolyn

    I was a hockey mom for several years to my three kids and I can guarantee you that I nor none of the other moms I hung out with spent that kind of money on our clothes. Now keep in mind that we live in the affluent San Francisco Bay Area and we still never spent money like that on hair, clothes, and make up for our daily lives. I can certainly understand the need for Sarah Palin to look good during the campaign, but there are very nice clothes to be had at high end stores such as Macy's and Neiman Marcus that do not have to deflate the budget. Another thing I've not understood through this whole debacle that has not been explained fully is why was it necessary for her entire family to be clothed from those stores as well? Obviously they needed to be dressed well but at those prices? If I had donated to the Republican party, only to find out that my money was being spent on clothing Ms. Palin and her family, I would be livid. It's sad to think that many of the people who donated their hard earned money can't even clothe their own families. The Republican party members who are responsible for this have a lot to answer for.

    December 6, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  14. Les, Utah

    Talk about putting lipstick on a pig!!!

    December 6, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  15. Matt

    Target is not a high end store – and Ann Taylor is on the border.

    December 6, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  16. Tom

    Palin for President in 2012? Are you serious? Are you in denial? If this is the NEW HOPE for the Replicans, then I guess Democrats will be in charge (thank God) for a very, very, very long time to come. Really, what qualifies Palin for President? Because she's America's first line of defense if Russia decides to invade the United State by way of Alaska? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Palin for President 2012... That's the funniest thing I've heard in a very long time.

    December 6, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  17. joe the emailer

    I <3 Joe the BIG SPENDER!

    December 6, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  18. joe the emailer

    and if no one cares why are there 508 comments....

    December 6, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  19. Tommy PalinBanger

    Victoria Secret !!!!??? A sweet treat for the hubby for allowing his piece of arse to be pimped out to the nation for a while????

    December 6, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  20. Mitch

    Seriously? All politics aside. Does anyone really care?

    December 6, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  21. _

    I wonder if the Victoria's Secret undies will be donated to charity too.

    December 6, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  22. Ann

    To those who are getting confused, please note that Obama's campaign was funded by donations, whereas the McCain-Palin presidential campaign was funded with $84 million in tax dollars under the presidential public campaign financing system. Therefore, those who are saying that our tax dollars were spent on Palin's wardrobe, stylist, etc are correct.

    I don't think anyone would find it so noteworthy if a lesser sum of money was used to outfit her with business clothes for public appearances, but when she started letting the campaign outfit her entire family with so many items...well, to me that shows an error in judgement on her part.

    December 6, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  23. Myron

    gman: Alternatively, Palin could learn something about the world that she wishes to one day lead.

    Democrats like competence. We leave the emotionalism and the obsession with personal lives to Republicans.

    December 6, 2008 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  24. Roy

    Boy, If only I can get hold of her VS Underwears. I bet, SP's used underwear will fetch big dough on eBay. That will be really helping (my) economy.

    December 6, 2008 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  25. Teeth Doctor


    What's it going to cost the tax payers for Michelle Obama's dental work?

    Dentist unite!

    December 6, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
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