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.
ha ha ha no one cares. Im glad america isn't that dumb to vote for mccain and palin. Our country would be dumb. How on earth do they dare.
So the Republican Party has simply 100% conceded all foreign policy except what Palin can see from her front lawn?
Huckbee's the one who was worried about the Pakistani illegal immigrant problem. Remember?
What a team.
DO THE REPUBLICANS REALLY THINK THAT AMERICANS
ARE THIS GULLIBLE? This woman is STILL WEARING HER
REPUBLICAN SPONSERED WARDROBE!
$150,000 NOW BECOMES $180,000! WHAT ARE THE BETS
THAT THIS IRRESPONSIBLE SPENDING GROWS EVEN MORE?
i just like this righteous dishonesty, thanks Palin, thanks RNC,
This is such a "NON-NEWS-WORTHY" story. Please, give us a break.
The over spending is the RNC's problem. The presidential campaign is over. Let this one die. Who cares? I am not Republican so it was not my money being misused.
Stand by CNN. You will probably get a lot of comments on this one before you decide to close it.
lol – fiscally responsible, huh? why in the world would one buy thousand dollar outfits then donate them to charity??? are there struggling or homeless women out there that NEED high-end fashion???? give me a break...a dress from penny's, sears, kmart, etc will do just fine for anyone receiving a donation or otherwise.
However else you might justify the rest of the spending, what on earth did she need from Victoria's Secret?
Victoria's secret eh?
well...the secret's out.
Does this even matter? I mean, I find it really hard to defend someone like Sarah Palin, but would it have been better if the RNC had spent this money on another dishonest attack ad? Is Target really a "high end store"? How much was spent on Obama's suits, or on Biden's hair? Sure, it's stupid to spend this much money on clothes when people are out of work and struggling to feed their families, but how many of those people could Obama have helped with the $750 million that he raised?
What is wrong with this country? The whole country is struggling to stay a float and our politicians our spending money like there's no tomorrow.
If the politicans want to help this country, then run it has if you were spending your own money. Shop at the retailers that have decent prices and good quality products and do your own grooming.
I think the money spent on an election is a waste and an insult to America. There are sheaper ways of letting the country know what you stand for than running cheap shot ads and throwing money away.
I think Democrats all agree: She was worth every penny.
Shocking! What I can't understand is why she needed to shop at Vicky's Secret? You mean to tell me she didn't bring her own underclothes or was it for personal use? What they spent in clothes, in such a short time, most people don't spend over a period of years. And I can't accept that those clothes will be donated to charity? I know, she will, for the sake of keeping those clothes, change her name on paper to become Charity. Power of the pin, right Charity, I mean, Sarah. She may as well keep them as a consulation gift from the RNC so they will only spend 1/2 as much in 2012. And she called Obama an eletist, some nerve she's got.
Geez are we still talking about her? Enough already!
Drill baby drill, is more like Dig Baby Dig!
I think we still have a lot left to learn about Mrs. Palin!
Cheese and Cheesier! Sounds like the perfect ticket. Bring it on!
nobamacrat whining & complaining(as usual) in 3 2 1..............GO!!!!!
This woman, as well as the party she represents are truly disgusting.
I consider myself to be an open-minded pragmatist, but for the life of me I cannot understand the "public's " interest in Palin....To any reasonable person, she is clearly a light-weight, narrow-minded, under-exposed, less than average politician.
the power of beauty X 2
so, when do we see the donated to charity part... and no Failin Palin isnt a charity
Still waiting to hear how much Obama and his wife spent on clothes...oh yeah, that is private. We only want to hear dirt on honest politicians.
Surprise, surprise. Sarah, please run in 2012, please. And bring Huck with ya.
This article is ridiculous. So what that they spent that money, what did you expect, she was trying to become the VP of the USA. Did you want her to go to Walmart? What did Hilary Clinton spend? Oh wait, liberal ol' CNN forgot to check that one out... how convenient.
HA! lets see if palin claims this extra expense on her taxes. she should talk to stevens about the consequences of not claiming gifts and income.