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.


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soundoff (274 Responses)
  1. To Catina

    I think it's assumed that Michelle Obama pays for her own clothing so who cares what she spends?

    May 19, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. babs

    can't even begin to discribe how much I don't care about this. Could we just let it die already? I'm feeling a little sick.

    May 19, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. Brian

    You all are a bunch of HATERS. She is running a state for gosh sakes! All your boy NObama did was do a lousy job as a senator and you love him. WAKE UP PEOPLE, he played you for the fools that you are....

    May 19, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. God help us

    I will take her over TEFLON man[BO] any day of the week.......

    May 19, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. fella from Chicago

    To Austin, Tx:

    Quit hanging out in bars and brothels and the women you meet may have a different opnion of her. Don't forget your salves.

    May 19, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Mr. Phil

    The only thing that scares me about Sarah Palin is having to watch her muddle through simple questions. She makes George Bush look like the president of MENSA.

    May 19, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. Obama Victim

    Let's see....

    Obama received MILLIONS in foreign donations – much from Gaza....

    Palin got some clothes from Neiman Marcus....

    Yes – let's go after Palin!!!

    (eyes rolling)

    If torture is illegal – then you libs should be locked up.

    May 19, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. I used to like CNN but not anymore!

    Oh and in case anyone is wondering Mississippi Mike is now an expert on what most if not all women want, think, and feel. Lets all give him a big round of applause! Mississippi must be proud.

    May 19, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  9. Hope for the future

    To all you Palin lovers/ Pres. Obama haters, GET A LIFE. You have been spewing hate against the first lady and our president like forever. Get over it; stupidity is no longer in fashion. Us educated people will turn our country into a better place; you haters don't know how to do it.

    Don't you ever get sick and tired of being so hateful all the time? What pathetic, depressing lives you must be leading. And Palin still is the ugliest person on the inside. Worse than the devil himself.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    CNN, please post this. Thank you.

    May 19, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  10. ch

    Mississippi Mike – Most women I know are ashamed of Sarah Palin and her horrific performance on the campaign trail.

    But they honor Hillary Clinton and appreciate her campaign (18 million votes) and see her as a smart, strong, well-informed woman who moved women forward.

    May 19, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. Bob in VA

    Elliott, you're kidding, right? The Dems would want NOTHING MORE than for Palin to be the GOP nominee in 2012.

    It will be fun watching her go up against Romney et al in the GOP primaries. They will rip her to shreds. She has as much chance of being the GOP nominee as you do.

    May 19, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  12. MJ

    One might wonder if it was more cost justified to fly the President's Jet over New York for some publicity pictures!!!! Check your paychecks carefully – someone will have to pay. Guess who ..... So much for no taxes to the Middle Class.

    May 19, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  13. Steve (the real one)

    Kristina, Seattle May 19th, 2009 4:22 pm ET

    Hey Teleprompter: your racism is showing
    --------------
    I see an attack on Teleprompter but not a word against Dutch! Was up with that?

    May 19, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  14. P. Y.

    @ Mississippi Mike
    It doesn't surprise me at all that the women you know would think that Sarah Palin is great. After all, they all have the same IQ level.

    May 19, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  15. American45

    I love it that all the liberals are so afraid of Sarah Palin!!

    May 19, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  16. Jack

    To: Claudia in Houson,

    So should I assume by your comment that you approve of a State Trooper using a taser on his 10 year old son? And, that you approve of a State Trooper drinking and driving while on duty? And that you approve of a State Trooper, while working in the for the State Parks of Alaska, illegally hunts animals out of season?

    You have a seriously strange idea about right and wrong.

    May 19, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  17. Robin

    @ Jim,

    But it's okay for the libs to attack children? Such as Bristol and Gov. Palin's special needs child.

    May 19, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  18. Dmozz

    Dear Lord, its me. I haven't left a comment on cnn.com before, but please God, make Sarah Palin the GOP presidential candidate in 2012. That way Obama can concentrate on running the country instead of campaigning, it'll be the biggest butt kicking in electoral college history. In Jesus name, amen.

    May 19, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  19. Derrick

    I don't see anything wrong with the GOP funding a $150,000 dress for any candidate.

    It just takes funds away from campaigning! Keep spending the big money on clothing, and not campaigning!!!!

    May 19, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  20. JIM WHITTAKER, Hemet, CA

    This is pathetically hilarious how much the Loony Left Lib Lemmings
    are terrified of Sarah Palin.

    Could it be because she is a real, genuine authentic person, and their
    Magic One is nothing but a smooth talking snake oil salesman?

    We'll see all you guys in 2012, and by then this country should be
    pretty well drowning in Socialism, and America will be desperately
    looking for a way back to sanity.

    If it's not too late by then...

    May 19, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. Ted Tartaglia

    It looks like the "Caribou Cutie" skates again but that's OK. The RNC just wanted to dress up its pit bull in addition to the lipstick.

    May 19, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  22. Rob

    These posts just go to show how insecure, idiotic, and truly moronic the libs really are. 150 K on clothes is nothing compared to what the Dems have probably spent on such things as ACORN, bribes, hush money, smear campaigns, paying off 'campaign videographers' who happen to ironically get pregnant while having an affair with a candidate.

    Yep, those Dems sure are beacons of truth and decency.

    May 19, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  23. Chip

    @P.Y.

    t doesn't surprise me at all that the women you know would think that Sarah Palin is great. After all, they all have the same IQ level.

    And, what would that be, about 20 points higher than yours P.Y.?

    May 19, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  24. Shirley In California

    She didn't/and would not get a dime of my money so I say who cares?

    May 19, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  25. Hank

    Another frivolous and petty complaint put to rest. What a waste of time but go figure the dems are the party that loves to extract revenge on politcal rivals.

    May 19, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
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