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. Steve (the real one)

    Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington? This is what they decided to pursue? i submit they would better off spending their time ensuring responsibility and ethics in Washington. That alone would take them 2 or 3 lifetimes! Losers!

    May 19, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. Jim

    Teleprompter of the U.S. -

    You must be a bigger idiot then Palin. You republicans that support Palin are even bigger idiots. Put her up right now you party includes about 10 people that appoximaely 150 million votes for Obama and 10 for Palin.

    Attacking someone's spouse shows how low, class, red neck, racist, stupid, republican you are.

    May 19, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. CATINA

    Sarah palin was crucify for this crazy --.Yet Michelle Obama wears 500 dollars for shoes and no one says anything.I know she has a big feet and all.

    May 19, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. phoenix86

    What is this groups position on Obama taking Air Force One and fighter escort to Las Vegas for the sole purpose of hosting a political fundraiser for Senator Harry Reid?

    May 19, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. AUSTIN,TX

    TCM....move to Mexico for 4 years if you're that unhappy

    May 19, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. Brian

    Who in the hell CARES! Drop Palin from the news and the Republican party has a chance at rebranding.

    May 19, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. I used to like CNN but not anymore!

    Hey look everybody, another Palin story on CNN's ticker! I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit! If anyone followed Sarah Palin around half as much as CNN they would be arrested for stalking! Let this irrelevant know nothing, lunatic fringe bible thumper wack-job go already! ENOUGH!

    May 19, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. Greg Smith, Clifton Heights PA

    All you hateful Democrats STOP acting like disgusting idiots that you are. The Democratic Party is going to look alot different after the 2010 election, less of them. Republicans are on the march and it is just a matter of time when they will be in power again, the way it should be. I would be ashamed to call myself a Democrat. I am more a Republican today than I ever was.

    May 19, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. Steve (the real one)

    Claudia in Houson May 19th, 2009 4:28 pm ET

    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
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    Prove it or stop the slander!

    May 19, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. Susan

    DaBird: are you drunk or were listening to Limbaugh and Hannity recently?

    May 19, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. AUSTIN,TX

    Mississippi Mike....for the record, most women I know thinks shes an idiot

    May 19, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. gngpp

    You can take the trash out of the trailer but you can never take the trailer out of the trash.

    May 19, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  13. Uncle Ellsworthy

    You know something folks, If you are truly tired of hearing about this lady why do you continue reading articles about her and continually taking the time to post comments? I think you are not tired of her at all or you wouldnt be wasting your time doing this. YOU are actually the ones keeping her in the news. You have no one else to blame but YOU.

    May 19, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. Me

    Please Sahara Palin go away please please please, we do not want to deal with your stupidity....I can't believe Mccain would chose you to be Vice president!!! You have experience in international relation just because you can see Russia from your home...Please go away :(

    May 19, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  15. Mikeski

    The Dems FEAR Palin. They are the same people that are trying to ruin Miss California.

    May 19, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  16. The Broker.

    I new what to expect from CNN. Dig deep in the Toilet. But carry extra toilet-rolls for CNN..

    May 19, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  17. Irma in North Carolina

    I can see why they bought her clothes, her own wardrobe must of really been shabby and they were ashamed to put her out there looking that way. Well it didnt help them much to dress her up. They should of controlled what came out of her mouth. That is what lost the election for them. And the republicans are stupid enough to throw her out there again in 2012. Of course Rush will be standing right by her side.

    May 19, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. Chip

    gt says:
    Her views will set women back to dark ages.

    Yep, you are so right. I seem to recall that back in the dark ages, women held high political office which they achieved pretty much by themselves.

    Typical comment by someone so bent on throwing out a criticism but not having the mental armament to judge the validity of their own assertion.

    May 19, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  19. Mikeski

    Troopergate? Get real, that guy shouldn't be allowed to carry a cap gun let alone be a cop. He shouldn't be allowed to work security at a county fair. He's psycho, needs help. She should have just fired him. He works for the State, She's in charge of the state. Personally I'd have fired him myself had I been in charge.

    May 19, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. kimberly

    All comes back to you can put lipstick on a pig.....shes such a joke, I love all the coverage of her, it just helps the world remember what could have been in the white house and gaurantees they dont forget in 2012, not that she would get the nomination, but it will be fun to watch her get crushed again.

    May 19, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  21. JT

    Mississippi Mike – Every female I know including me, conservative or a bit to the left of that, thinks Palin is basically an insult to the gender.

    May 19, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. ross berg- Buffalo, NY

    Wow is she HOT!!! I think she looks great in anything she wears and sure hope she's front and center for a long while!!!

    Still think that the politicians could raise a ton of money (for charity) with a pay-for-view mud wrestling match between Sarah Palin and Nancy Pelosi!! We could tie one of Sarah's arms back to make it fair-but what a fund raiser!!!!

    Sounds like a sell-out to me!!!

    May 19, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. Republicans are the American Taliban

    I think she needs to answer to the American people about the meetings where she chose the clothes. We need a Truth Commission and she needs to apologize. Until she comes forth with the truth, she is tainted!! Has she donated them yet as she promised?? She needs to admit to her lies or step down!! Sound familar...lol...

    May 19, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  24. elliott

    Ha ha ha it's funny how the Dems are soo scared of Palin.
    Suck it up lefties, she'll be back!! HA ha ha ha

    May 19, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  25. mytabloids

    Does the FEC EVER rule against a candidate? On either side of the aisle?

    Not in my memory...

    May 19, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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