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. Bigman

    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.

    December 5, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  2. Pier Giacalone

    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.

    December 5, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  3. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian

    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?

    December 5, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  4. Peter TX

    i just like this righteous dishonesty, thanks Palin, thanks RNC,

    December 5, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  5. Navy Vet

    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.

    December 5, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  6. soulstar

    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.

    December 5, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  7. Cat

    However else you might justify the rest of the spending, what on earth did she need from Victoria's Secret?

    December 5, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  8. HouseDiva

    Victoria's secret eh?

    well...the secret's out.

    December 5, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  9. Barry In Las Vegas

    Who cares.

    December 5, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  10. Brian

    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?

    December 5, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  11. bmmerry

    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.

    December 5, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  12. Charles in Cincinnati

    I think Democrats all agree: She was worth every penny.

    December 5, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  13. Love, Oprah

    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.

    December 5, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  14. Listen Up...

    Geez are we still talking about her? Enough already!

    December 5, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  15. Drill baby...drill..

    Drill baby drill, is more like Dig Baby Dig!

    I think we still have a lot left to learn about Mrs. Palin!

    December 5, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  16. matt

    Cheese and Cheesier! Sounds like the perfect ticket. Bring it on!

    December 5, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  17. 3strikes

    nobamacrat whining & complaining(as usual) in 3 2 1..............GO!!!!!

    December 5, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  18. gary n.

    This woman, as well as the party she represents are truly disgusting.

    December 5, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  19. Skyview

    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.

    December 5, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  20. Vivaldi

    the power of beauty X 2

    December 5, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  21. Jodi K

    so, when do we see the donated to charity part... and no Failin Palin isnt a charity

    December 5, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  22. John

    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.

    December 5, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  23. Mark in Arizona

    Surprise, surprise. Sarah, please run in 2012, please. And bring Huck with ya.

    December 5, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  24. Jason

    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.

    December 5, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  25. GA4OBAMA

    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.

    December 5, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
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