May 19th, 2009
05:59 PM ET
6 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. Brandon

    So glad she didn't win. What a whack job.

    May 19, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  2. Zion

    I'm sorry, but why do I care about this? The only people who should have complained were RNC donors. If you do not belong on that list, then shut up.

    May 19, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  3. Dace Tucson

    Why does the "Obama Victim" have so many posts – lose your way from fox? You were born a whiny GOP victim it seems. Change your diaper, get your mommy to burp you, and go away. Palin is a joke and the best thing to ever happen for progress in this country because she scared half the GOP and all the independents to vote for Obama. What upsets people is that she is a lying hypocrite in her 25K dress and 15K hair and make-up deriding "elites" and talking about "real" small town conservative America – nobody is afraid of the stupid hateful religious zealot.

    May 19, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  4. C W

    The only reason the GOP chose Sarah Palin (and trust me, McCain didn't want her) is because they were angling for the religious right vote. The GOP also thought that because Palin has ovaries that women would suddenly vote for her.

    The first assumption is cynical – the religious right should wake up and accept that the GOP only cares about them long enough to get them into the voting booth.

    The second assumption is just plain dumb.

    May 19, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  5. Larry

    Democrat, the party for same sex marriages and abortions-Yeah,Sarah doesn't fit in.

    May 19, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  6. Lesley Anne

    The point is that she lied. She said she would give the clothing to charity and so far she has not done so. Apparently, the Repubs paid for the lipstick on the pig even though she said she was only borrowing the tube.

    May 19, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  7. jim

    apparently, the FEC got a big check from the RNC too. saks AND the FEC made a big sale today.

    May 19, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  8. Karrie

    I don't understand the fascination that some have for Sara Palin. The woman is a backwoods idiot. Are there really that many backwood idiots in this country? It has nothing to do with fear; she's laughable. She has a snowball's shot at ever being elected President. McCain lost my vote when he picked this bubble-head. I just don't get it.

    May 19, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  9. Bryan

    It is scary to think that there are people who think she is intelligent. If she does have any brains, it is hard to tell when she opens her mouth. As a moderate republican, it was embarrassing that she was on the ticket. I couldn't bring myself to vote for a ticket that would have put her a heart beat away from the Presidency, especially with McCain's age.

    May 19, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  10. Laughing at Palin

    Who cares who paid for the Loser's clothes? How pathetic that she's such a loser, she can't buy her own.

    Trash is trash, no matter what how you dress it up. Uneducated husband, pregnant teenage daughter, drug-user son. Illegitimate grandchild, product of a partying daughter and opportunistic pretty-boy loser.

    They are so hilarious to watch! Oh, and the Christian part is the best.

    May 19, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  11. kay

    We're not afraid of her. She's just not well educated, her family is a mess and it's time for her to go.

    May 19, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  12. annie for Palin

    Instead of attacking Gov. Palin all the time (who is a good govenor and a great American who loves her country, why not go after obama who is trying to destroy our country!! mccain's so-called campaign workers were suppose to donate this clothing to charity but propably gave it to their wives, themselves or girlfriends. Palin had nothing to do with it. You put gucci on a pig and you got macho mean michelle.

    May 19, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  13. Cynthia - Arkansas

    Heaven forbid, but if I were a Republican, they wouldn't get another dime. They try to act like there one of the "Joe, the six pack", wearing Gucci. What a bunch of hypocrites! The sad thing is, a certain low mentality sector actually fell for the bull.

    May 19, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  14. K in Florida

    I think Sarah Palin is stalking us.....

    The mention of this womans name or let alone the sound of her voice, or the Fake Wink that she attempts to do MAKES ME SICK TO MY STOMACH....!

    It's as if the majority of Americans are supposed to forget about the HATE RALLY's that SARAH PALIN LEAD during the campagne....

    Sarah is DAMAGED GOODS, the expiration date for her is WAY PASS DUE.......

    May 19, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  15. Frank Lee

    Yo, Willy Brown – who be "Plain"?

    $150,000 was worth every cent if it helped keep this dimwit and McCain out of the White House.

    May 19, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  16. Tired of Miss Winky

    I agree with Patricia in Las Vegas. We are not scared of Governor Winky. We are scared of her uneducated followers: the Glen Becks of the World. The Rush Limbaughs. The religious fanatics who have no respect for the environment and who refuse to acknowledge that the only PROVEN way to reduce abortions is through education and birth control. Idiots scare us. Sarah Palin? Not so much. She's just entertainment for the masses.

    May 19, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  17. annie for Palin

    To Glen – the funny part is the repubies are as afraid of her as the demmies- first time in a long time that an actual honest politicians has dared to raise their head. And look how all the evil, corrupt politicians and evil corrupt biased news media have tried to destroy her. I hope her book is a TELL ALL – like how mccain threw the campaign.

    May 19, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  18. Dave

    Ha ha ha. You moron CNN-alholics are so engrossed with the negative you focus on trivial stuff like this. You should vist the FOX news web site where there is real news. CNN and the DNC is so busy festering about the past that it seems to ignore what's happening now. HA HA Go Sarah :-)

    May 19, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  19. m cella

    Talk about a pig in pearls – what was it they called Hillary. Sarah Palin is who she is regardless of whether she's coiffed, in Chanel and shoes she can't walk in. Decidely more comfortable in her Walmart specials. What is it they say about pearls before swine; hey at least the swine are smart.

    May 19, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  20. willowood

    What's the chance this woman will soon exit the national stage? Yeah that's what I thought. Oiy vey...desperation comes calling in designer clothes. Could you maybe not talk about every little thing she does. It's making me really wonder what your 'real' journalists are doing.

    May 19, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  21. Eleanor, Port Orchard, WA

    More RNC lies. Period. Is anyone surprised? I'm certainly not.

    May 19, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  22. Andy2.0

    In response to glen May 19 2009 5:59 pm. It isnt Palin who scares us its the people like you who think she would make a good leader that scares us. Her lack of intelligence, hypocricy, lying, hate mongering (and the list goes on) makes it very hard to understand you and your parties loyalty to her. God help us if she ever gets close to the WH again. I prefer a leader with brains, thank you.

    May 19, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  23. Look in the mirror

    Those who hate Sarah Palin really are afraid.
    They just can't bring themselves to face it.

    May 19, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  24. Rumsfeld

    Regardless of who paid for her wardrobe, it was not an appropriate expense and does cast a negative glare on the republicans for approving such an expense during tough economic times.

    May 19, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  25. Pat in IL

    I guess the RNC can spen. their money however they want. Maybe they and their donors learned something from this, since they now know that they spent their money inappropriately (since it's not illegally), and it ended causing more harm than good anyway. There are a lot of more important things to worry about than this.

    May 19, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
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