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. Felonious Monk

    No one I know is terrified, or scared of Palin. What we are concerned about is the future of the nation if that unqualified individual gets into the white house.
    Now that is scary!

    May 19, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  2. alex

    Hey if she looked good in it, don't question it. hehe

    May 19, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. Steve (the real one)

    Dmozz May 19th, 2009 4:58 pm ET

    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.
    ----------------
    Such a selfish, self centered prayer! You really expect an answer to that joke of a prayer? Surely, you have been taught better than that! This coming from a conseravtive who is above all else a Christian!

    May 19, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. Will

    "Rob", another double-digit-IQ'd mouth breather who views the world in black and white; "dems/libs" vs. him and his hillbilly ilk.

    May 19, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. DemocratsAreMentalTurtles

    Democrats, when they get home from their cushy union or otherwise feather-bedded jobs, still have time to trash Sarah Palin - someone who represents people that really work for a living. Go figure.

    Vote for true estrogen in 2012: Palin/Bachmann.

    May 19, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. Proud Member..Party of No

    Seriously, I wish Palin was running the country right now instead of The Incompetent One, Barry H.

    May 19, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. Beth

    What makes me laugh on these boards are the Repugs who think that the Dems are so scared of Palin.

    What's even funnier than that? It couldn't be farther from the truth.

    I'm in no way, shape or form scared of Sarah Palin. In fact, I find her and her entire family amusing. It's like watching a sitcom. :-)

    May 19, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  8. Megan in Oregon

    Lets forget Paylin. She's known by now to be trailer trash, & is utterly stupid from the get go. Will set women back to the Dark Ages with her assanine remarks.But on the other hand, do all of you relish another crooked Bush(that be Jebidah next time) with oh yes Chaney on the ticket as his VP again. That is who the GOP think are the only republicans who can defeat President Obama. Now that is what real NIGHTMARES are made of.!!!!!!

    All of you had best keep your ears and eyes open till the next campaign starts again.

    May 19, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. Bev - NYC

    CATINA May 19th, 2009 4:35 pm ET

    Michelle can afford to pay for her own shoes whatever the cost She doesn't need a rich old whit e male donor to buy them for her.
    Don't hate, it causes wrinkles!

    May 19, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. James M. Holmes

    Please Republicans... PLEASE be stupid enough to run Palin against Obama in 2012!!! Please!!!

    May 19, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. dennisk

    Way to fiddle while Rome burns, CNN...

    May 19, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  12. Bernard McManus

    Case closed.

    That's all, folks. Case closed.

    Now answer this question for me.... $150K on clothes? I like nice clothes too but what was going on here? A new $2500 outfit for each single day on the campaign trail? Never recycling an outfit?

    I did hear that all the clothes was donated to Goodwill after the campaign. Unfortunately for Sarah Palin, the guy leading the ticket was a corpse.

    May 19, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  13. Alert the Media

    Our crack team of investigative journalists are on the case.

    May 19, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  14. Kitty

    Gov. Palin is gorgeous no matter what she wears!!! You jealous democrats – quit worrying about Gov. Palin and worry about the money Nobama is spending – on second thought the more he spends the less you guys will have in your pockets to give his next campaign. Spend away Nobama!!! LOL And let's get his evil twin Pelosi out of Washington too!!! Now that will be a gift from God!!!

    May 19, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  15. Kwesoe

    The sage said: "The headdress on the chief should not be compared to the brain in his head. It's the brain not the headdress that makes him a chief."

    May 19, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  16. videodrome

    The Republican party can dress their people however they see fit.
    They think that the clothes makes the person, but in Palin's case, we know better.
    Let the lady have her wardrobe, that is all she deserves for her 15 minutes of fame.

    May 19, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  17. NYC REPUB

    Who cares!? I don't.....the GOP is a shame...they want power, and nothing more....Gov. Palin is just too unprepared to be commander-in-chief...... I'd sooner vote for H.Clinton.....

    Obama/Biden 2012

    May 19, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  18. D

    A Sarah Palin story sure brings out the idiots. All of you get a life!!!!! People who support Sarah Palin are the people who are wrecking the GOP. These right wing nuts are driving the sensible people away. These are the same people who gave Obama hell for steering the country toward socialism, but ignore that Alaska gives the tax payers money back from oil revenue. These people are nothing but walking contridictions, it just blows my mind. CNN please stop dredging up this crap so I don't have to read these stupid comments anymore. I'm looking at you mississippi mike...

    May 19, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. d1120

    Too much adoo about nothing.........

    May 19, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  20. videodrome

    @ kitty,

    You are meowing up the wrong tree.
    God is the one that allowed Obama into the White House, if you want to believe in sky spirits, that is.
    No one is afraid of Palin, it it kind of hard to fear fluff.....

    May 19, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  21. Ignorance

    It is laughable reading all these idiots defending and worshipping someone they have never even met. Pathetic! Get a life people. You people know nothing about any of these politicians except what is fed to you thru the media. Ok quick someone call Palin and ask her to go on tv and say your name...hahahaha Didn't think so!

    By the way I am speaking about Obama lovers too.

    May 19, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  22. CitizenJane

    @Mississippi Mike and all you other republicans . . .

    Why would I or anyone else for that matter be "scared" of Ms. Palin? She is NOT the president of the United States, nor will she ever be. She is NOT a member of Congress, therefore isn't making policies which might change my life style. She holds no authority over me. Therefore, were is the "threat" everyone of you suggests she has? She might be better served to keep Rush from "drooling" over himself whenever he thinks of her, but that is a comment for another day.

    May 19, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  23. mandcmom

    hey steve?? it was intended to be a joke...doh

    May 19, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "Democrats, when they get home from their cushy union or otherwise feather-bedded jobs, still have time to trash Sarah Palin"

    Are you crazy? I can't wait until I get home...I just do it while trying to look busy at work :-)

    Seriously peeps...put the partisan blather aside and realize that this decision would've benefitted all of us if it went the other way. Complain all you want that "Dems were just out to get Palin" or some such nonsense, but the reality is, CREW was fighting the good fight for a fiscally conservative interpretation of the election donation laws, and unless you're s blinded by shiny political objects that your attitude is "tax money for infrastructure bad, after-tax income for $1,000 panties good," then you have to admit this decision blows. Think on it.

    May 19, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  25. dallas gal

    you can take the girl out of the trailer park and dress her in designer clothes...

    but she will always be underneath it all, trailer park.

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