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. mamone

    Republican Party I hope you have a little more money to buy for Sarah Palin Encyclopedia Britannica and subscriptions to The Village Voice, The New Yorker and The Onion. She said she likes them a lot. The New York Times is delivered free at the office. The secretary uses it to clean the windows. But she needs some vinegar.
    Where is the bill, please ?

    May 19, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  2. Richard

    I'm glad she came with underwear as everything else was empty, Someone needs to introduce she and Bristol to condoms.

    May 19, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    @ Kitty, who said "Gov. Palin is gorgeous no matter what she wears!!!"

    Yes, but the less the better! You realize this is all a vast liberal conspiracy to get all her clothes confiscated and see her nekked, don't you?

    May 19, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. Royster

    Regardless that I abhor Ms. Palin and whatever she thinks she stands for, I would not argue she is nice looking on the outside. So, will 'nice-looking' be the criteria for all future elections? We may as well have the candidates do a runway walk if everyone is so worried about their clothing!
    Regardless of Ms. Palins semi-good looks (as Van Halen would put it)...there is NOTHING behind those looks......nothing but a vacuum.

    May 19, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  5. Doug Stanhope Jr.

    Who thinks Palin is hot, anyway? In what way is she hot? Just for the political arena? Just hot compared to John McCain? When you have to handicap the compliment, you're already starting from a losing position. It's like "He's a really good kisser... for a harelip."

    In any case, there's no way to justify blowing $150,000 on Palin. She ought to pay all that money back... especially since she dragged McCain's whole campaign down.

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

    "Teleprompter of the U.S. May 19th, 2009 4:16 pm ET: 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"

    Teleprompter, where in the article does it state that the "Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington" are Democrats?

    Personally, I'm registered "Non-declared" and I too think Sarah Palin is an idiot and a waste of political currency. The Republicans could have done SO much better.

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

    @ Dutch

    C'mon man...the only thing that blongs on pigs is bbq sauce. well, rub is good too...I'd rub Palin...

    May 19, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  8. Alex in Wisconsin

    DaBird May 19th, 2009 4:23 pm ET

    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.

    ...............................................................................................................................
    WOW... over 100 days into the presidency, not to mention the 2 months of transition, and of course the historic nature of the election and still there is a person who doesn't know who is president. DaBird, you truly make all Palin supporters look worse than they already do. This much absence from reality means you need to get back into your padded room.

    May 19, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  9. dave

    SO WHAT!

    May 19, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  10. BJK

    just a 'simple' girl.... with simple tastes....LOL

    May 19, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  11. Kim

    This Tulsan agrees with "Tulsa". Amazing, though, how some of these comments are so vicious.

    May 19, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  12. Cathie - BC, Canada

    Good...let's all move on and leave her far behind.

    May 19, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  13. gary

    She didn't seem experienced enough to be VP, but she looked great in her wardrobe...This never should have been an issue. All candidates expense wardrobes at times (or in Sen Edwards cases expense mistresses).

    May 19, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  14. Rick

    I'm amazed at how many haters here failed to read the article.
    The RNC did not use a single dime of campaign money to buy the overpriced wardrobe.
    Sorry to burst your bubble, but no laws were broken... get over it already.

    May 19, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    @ videodrome, who said "No one is afraid of Palin, it it kind of hard to fear fluff….."

    Not true. I'm terrified of her, but not in the way the GOPers mean. The thought of her being one step away from carrying the "football" kept me up at night for months haha.

    May 19, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  16. Bo

    They ought to be thankful, $150k spent which helped to stimulate the economy .

    May 19, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  17. Sarah wins......you lose....

    besides this, she's getting $5-7 million for her book-Obama supporters are getting $5 week added on to their paychecks-
    she wins-you lose-

    May 19, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  18. Georgia Gal

    Did the money from the RNC not come from donors also? I thought it did and if so, then I would think it would fall under the same rules. If I had donated to the RNC I don't think I would be too happy about them using that money to outfit the VP candidate and her family especially since all of the other candidates outfitted themselves and their families without any help from their campaign or the National Committees of their respective parties.

    May 19, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  19. Matt

    So exactly who is buying all of Michelle Obama's designer clothes? Ohh thats right they were donations. That just makes it all white now doesn't it?

    May 19, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  20. richard miller

    That kind of money could have provided a lot meals for laid off workers.

    May 19, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  21. Doug

    Funny how the same people don't seem to care that Obama's campaign came about "donations" in a myriad of questionable ways in order to buy the man's presidency. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington is an awfully responsible, and dare I say unbiased group, it appears.

    May 19, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  22. Danny

    of course they are going to rule in her favor. they have to gloss over McCain's collosal error in picking her.

    May 19, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  23. LIZ

    Did she wear $550 Italian sneakers to a food bank like our Democratic First Lady did?

    May 19, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  24. Paula LUcee

    Candidates and their families are expected to look nice when they campaign. There's nothing wrong with the Republicans buying them nice clothes if they didn't have any.

    May 19, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  25. Joanna

    "CATINA May 19th, 2009 4:35 pm ET: 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"

    Catina, Michelle Obama has her own money, which is what she spent when buying her wardrobe during her husband's Presidential campaign. Sarah Palin used the funds of the RNC to buy her wardrobe and that of her family during the campaign.

    Now, is this explanation simple enough for you to understand the difference?

    May 19, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
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