May 19th, 2009
05:59 PM ET
5 years ago

FEC dismisses complaint over Palin wardrobe

The Palin camp had come under fire over the source of funding for her campaign wardrobe.
The Palin camp had come under fire over the source of funding for her campaign wardrobe.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Federal Election Commission dismissed a complaint on Tuesday against the Republican Party for funding a $150,000 designer wardrobe for then-vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, the group that filed complaint, argued that political candidates aren't allowed to spend campaign donations on personal items like clothing. But the FEC dismissed the case on Tuesday, saying that the purchases were "coordinated party expenditures" because the Republican National Committee spent its own money alone on her wardrobe, and did not use donations made to the McCain-Palin campaign.

In the original complaint, CREW targeted over $150,000 spent at high-end stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales and Neiman Marcus to outfit Palin and her family after she was picked as McCain's vice presidential nominee.


Filed under: FEC • Sarah Palin
soundoff (274 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz,VA

    You can put Gucci on a pig and it's still a pig.

    May 19, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. Grog in Ohio

    Seriously... if Republican donors want their funds to go toward dressing a Barbie doll, I say let 'em.

    May 19, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. Teleprompter of the U.S.

    You Democrats need to call off your witch hunt PACs, if you think Palin is so dumb as not to be a threat. What are you so afraid of?

    Trying to ruin her by filing false claim after false claim is your M.O., though, so I'm sure these bogus charges will keep being filed.

    May 19, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. Dan

    It would have been a Different Verdict if she had won the Elections :S

    May 19, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. Teleprompter of the U.S.

    "You can put Gucci on a pig and it's still a pig."

    Are you talking about Michelle Obama?

    May 19, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. Ron

    This must make Dems angry. It would be nice to see CREW go after Democrats, but we know that won't happen any time soon.

    May 19, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. mjm

    Dutch...... How many pigs have you tried that on?

    May 19, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. Holy TARP Money Batman

    teleprompter: what do you have against Michelle Obama? I couldn't stand Bush, but held no ill will against Laura, except for the fact that she committed vehicle manslaughter.

    May 19, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. Kristina, Seattle

    Hey Teleprompter: your racism is showing.

    May 19, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. J.P.

    This just in to the CNN newsroom in Atlanta... Sarah Palin was not elected in November. Your Child-God won. Move on.

    May 19, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. gl, Pittsburgh

    Why is this nut alway in the news. I really hate hearing about her. She will not be the next President. She is just like Bush that think it was God that order us to go to war with Iraq. Her views will set women back to dark ages. She will never be President material. Please get over her CNN! Palin and her daughter are to far to right nuts.

    May 19, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  12. DaBird

    At least Palin is good looking and she got to be governor by herself, not by being married to a cheating husband who lies like the current President.

    May 19, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. 8ways

    I didn't give a penny to either the McCain/Palin campaign or the RNC, so it's got nothing to do with me. Unless it's your money wasted, why would anyone care?

    May 19, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. Tulsa

    lol.... I'm w/ Grog..... if you want to dress her up, well it's your money. Now if she's using State or Federal funds for more than is allowed by law, then there's a case for an investigation.

    I do think it's funny to listen to all the Republicans being "victims".
    We'll keep winning while you keep whining.

    May 19, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. Ghost

    Hey, it was money well spent. I wonder if she ever got around to donating it?

    Ummm....technically, this was filed against the RNC, not Palin herself. you conservatives are really over protective of your queen bee. Don't worry, we aren't afraid. Unless she spent some of that money to buy a clue, we won't have anything to worry about from her except busting a gut laughing at her.

    May 19, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. kathie ann

    She was well gromed, well manered, the children also.....

    that is then all over, this is now....forget Mrs. Palin

    May 19, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  17. Obama Victim

    Dems lose again..............seems to be happening more and more..................

    May 19, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  18. Claudia in Houson

    If all the pending law suits against Palin are dismissed then we'll know tampering with justice took place, just like now. She was already proven guilty for tampering in the the troopergate case, this woman is tainted and so is the GOP that support her.

    May 19, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  19. Mississippi Mike

    I can't believe this was ever an issue. Palin scares feminists because she is the exact opposite of what they tell young girls you need to be to succeed in life. Just for reference most of the women I know absolutely love Palin and see the people who attack her as bigoted extremists.

    May 19, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  20. TCM

    let's see....Palin spends $150,000 on clothes and make-up...and returns the clothes....liberals get mad and want justice!

    Obama spends $787,000,000,000...plus more to top 3,000,000,000,000...and it's causing our country to go bankrupt, become a 3rd world nation, borrow money to the hilt....and liberals say nothing about it? They're throwing away their own children's future, and they're worried about Palin's clothes? Liberals need to reexamine their priorities, oust Obama, and install a fiscally competent individual like Mitt Romney or Ron Paul who can lead us out of the dark ages created in 4 short months of obamaism....

    May 19, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  21. TCM

    @ TELEPROMPTER –

    that's great, but be careful because Dutch is a chosen one by CNN and they'll always print his rhetoric... or in this case, his true life farm stories..

    May 19, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. Expat American

    Frankly, who cares if the GOP spent $150,000.00 to dress up Palin for her appearances? It's their money. The party couldn't throw her up there in her crap kickin' boots and moose dressing garb, now could they? Or she would have looked like just an ignorant folksy jabbering cretin riling up a barn full of never traveled bigot slack jaws.....at least she had some nice outfits to wear when she took the stage as an ignorant folksy jabbering cretin riling up a barn full of never traveled bigot slack jaws.

    May 19, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  23. Peter (CA)

    Obama victim......time for your next dose of meds, the delusions are coming back.

    At this point, it is a non-story, much like Palin herself is.
    But, if you right wingers want to keep propping her up, hey knock yourselves out.

    May 19, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  24. Dutch/Bad Newz,VA

    @ Teleprompter of the U.S.

    Sarah Palin doesn't hold water next to the First Lady. Also, democrats are not afraid of your soccer mom, wolf shooting wannabe presidential candidate. We actually want her to win the republican nomination.

    May 19, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. Minnesotan

    Regardless of how the Repugs try to dress her, Palin is still uneducated trailer trash. But maybe she's actually learned to read a paper by now.

    May 19, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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