May 19th, 2009
05:59 PM ET
9 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. 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 |
  2. Observant

    I am hoping that the RNC will give me an 180K clothing allowance. I can pay my house and car off and still have money to shop. How about it? I accept party money

    May 19, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  3. Liberal Democrats are Pathetic

    Another liberal Democrat made up lie shot down. It was a non-issue then and so now it is just being made official. I love it when liberal charges are dismissed.

    Hey liberals, what happened to the Gitmo closing?

    May 19, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  4. giselle

    Enough of that evil woman Palin, we got rid of Darth Vader (Dick Cheney) we don't need his off spring. We are not afraid of Palin and never will be she just disgusts me. Cnn enough of Palin or i swaer ia ma going to get people and my self to stop watching you.

    May 19, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  5. David Newport, OR

    It's only 150 grand...small change for the GOP...let them spend their money the way they want to.

    May 19, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  6. pam Eugene OR

    D you are so correct
    Mississippi Mike really is one messed up guy. Of course when saying that you can't forget Sniffitt.
    It does seem Palin stories brings all the weirdos out. Bring it on. She is always good for a laugh.

    May 19, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  7. GOPBslapper

    Fools and their money are soon parted, Republicans proved that Ad Nauseum.

    May 19, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  8. Stan in California

    I doubt that Palin will ever win another election but the fact that the Democrats are so unnerved by her shows how insecure they are.

    May 19, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  9. eww

    Ok... I guess silk boxers are good for the campaign.

    May 19, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  10. Doug

    To all the people who doesn't understand why people don't like Sarah Palin...
    Well you kinda people don't get it anyway so whats the use trying to make you see the light...

    Lets just say the world agrees with us about her...People in other countries think she pathetic..

    so sad you people don't associate your self with world news....too busy reading the may berry express!

    get a life...being a Republican these days is out of style!

    May 19, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  11. barking republican ankle biters

    Mississippi Mike and his family can be seen in the hbo movie,"The Right Feeling Wronged".Please have a barf bag handy though.

    May 19, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  12. Soccer Nana

    "Glen May 19th, 2009 5:59 pm ET

    What is it about Sarah Palin that scares Democrats like this? They spend thousands of dollars, hundreds of words trying to degenerate this woman. I have never seen so many frightened bloggers as on this blog. It is as if she is able to make Democrats look at their own hearts and see what vacant, spiteful people they are. They feel she should care what she thinks of them and she doesn't – and that seems to frighten them"

    No one is afraid of Palin; hell, she can't even spell the words afraid or scared. LOL

    May 19, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  13. Had It

    Didn't gag that ignorant Wasilla Hillbilly mouth. What a waste of money.

    May 19, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  14. Had It

    What a waste of money. Should have spent it feeding hungry children.

    May 19, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  15. m cella

    Pee Wee- you have the brains of your counterpart who's last name is Herman. Don't sit down too hard!

    May 19, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  16. elana

    Lie, Cheat, and "Steele" your way Republicans! That's your MO! Now, if it would have been a Democratic candidate being provided a "wardrobe of beauty", the Republicans would STILL be talking about it!!

    May 19, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  17. Alfred E. Neumann

    Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington – code name, far left liberal group.

    Good for the FEC – the complaint reflected nothing more than sheer pettyness. Much like some of the comments permitted by CNN on the subject today.

    May 19, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  18. Vickie

    For those that wonder why so many are afraid to see Palin as a vice-president let alone President just ask an Alaskan.... As an Alaskan I will work hard to see her not re-elected as our goverenor – This women is all about her and what everyone else can do for her not what is best for Alaskans or America...

    May 19, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  19. CNN watchdog

    Another phony charge against Palin fades in the light of truth.
    Go investigate aCorNN!

    May 19, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  20. Proud American

    $150,000 in clothes and still a pig in lipstick....Go figure!

    May 19, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  21. Fitz in Texas

    Get over the Palin clothes already. Good Lord, it's not like they are designer clothes that would cost an arm and a leg. She went to the store and pulled them from the rack. Just like we all do. I don't even understand why this is a story. Oh wait, I think I do know why this is a story. It distracts us from what's going on in this country and how it's getting destroyed a little each day.

    May 19, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  22. Frank in NJ

    Why waste money... she could wear a burlap sack and still be an attractive lady.

    May 19, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  23. codyor448


    Ms. beauty queen has the IQ of Toast.... I don't care what she wears... what is truly laughable is all the repubs on here, that like their hard earned $'s being spent on this dimwit... A real "Mission Impossible". lol. Just a suggestion... you might try raising the bar a little... just sayin...

    May 19, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  24. Brian

    What I find funny is you all keep bashing her and dont even know anything about her. Bunch of HATERS is all you are. Leave her alone, she is doing a great job in Alaska and would have made a great VP. The RNC did nothing wrong here, but you guys can't get over it. Keep backing Nancy and Harry and NO-Bama. Makes you real smart

    May 19, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  25. Calie

    Can you say idiot.

    May 19, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
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