December 5th, 2008
09:10 PM ET
14 years ago

More spending on Palin revealed

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Spending on Palin's clothes, makeup and hair made headlines during the campaign."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Republican National Committee's total fashion bill for Sarah Palin's nine-week stint on the GOP presidential ticket is in: $180,000.

That's $30,000 more than the RNC previously disclosed it had spent outfitting and styling the Alaska governor and her family, according to Politico and the RNC's latest filings with the Federal Elections Commission.

The latest filing, which includes the final 3 weeks of the presidential race, shows the committee directed close to $55,000 to Palin's fashion stylist, New York-based Lisa Kline.

The RNC also spent close to $24,000 in several high end stores, including Ann Taylor, Bloomingdales, Brooks Brothers, Neiman's, Nordstrom, Macy's, Saks, Target, and Victoria's Secret.

The RNC has said all the clothes purchased will be donated to charity.

Meanwhile, the McCain campaign paid a total of $110,000 on Palin's traveling hair and makeup stylists, according to the New York Times and the McCain campaign's latest FEC filing.

News surfaced shortly before Election Day that Republicans had shelled out more than $150,00 on Palin and her family in clothing costs - a revelation that posed an unnecessary distraction for the struggling McCain campaign, and undercut Palin's hockey-mom credentials.

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soundoff (848 Responses)
  1. Joe Nevada

    Has Sarah gone back to her " POLE DANCING " job in Anchorage yet???

    She can use the underware there..

    But I still think most of it was for Todd...

    December 6, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Get over it.

    December 6, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  3. she's fowl!

    She's disgusting and I'm sick of hearing about her. She's a racist and should be charged with attempting to insite hatred in people concerning Obama. She's a tacky old hypocrite, and God would not be pleased with her trying to kill Obama's character for her name sake. Could you imagine what kind of country we would have if she had won, both her and Mc Same? We are already at a point where families are losing everything, kids sleeping in cars, going without food, jobless rate is through the roof. Bush has left us in a condition where we can't even buy a vowel, and she felt spending all that money on clothes was necessary. Sarah, newsflah, you didn't look any better!. Stop using the Lord's name for your personal gain, cause that's not Christian behavior.

    December 6, 2008 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  4. lynn Saliken

    She's a beautiful woman and should be dressed so! If she were a man, she could have worn a suit and tie, day in and day out, and a different tie, and who would have run out to find out how much the tie, let alone the suit, cost-NO ONE!

    December 6, 2008 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  5. Robin

    So what the clothes. It is sad they did not hire professionals to teach her how to best sell herself. In my mind Sarah Palin is over. I will never vote for her because she has not just an image that can be changed. Forever I will remember in the RNC's defense she is a grown woman! Any woman with common sense would not have gone hog wild with the clothes,etc. So what Victoria's Secret! The woman needed underwear. Most of us know what size we wear in VS, and those prices are not outrageous. Anyone with common sense should know her image would not have been best projected as a fashion "copy" of Cindy McCain who CAN AFFORD those clothes. Americans (including Cindy) should present a reasonable image. SP didn't have a clue and that bothers me. She doesn't have the ability to see the choices she keeps making are wrong, wrong, wrong. She thinks she knows best and we all know, all of us...when taking on a huge calling, we need all the guidance we can get. SP isn't going to get that message. Surely someone has suggested it, or, have they allowed her to continue to torpedo herself. My impression is made. I will never vote a Republican ticket with her on it. NEVER! IT ISN'T THAT I DON'T LIKE HER! IT IS THAT SHE IS NOT QUALIFIED AND ON TOP OF THAT, SHE HAS NO COMMON SENSE. Sorry, Sarah. Please take this advice. Get an etiquette coach, a speech coach, and got back to college to learn all you need to know (get home schooling or do it online.) TRUST ME! YOU THINK YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING BUT YOU ARE CONTINUING TO SHOOT YOURSELF IN THE FOOT. Pay professionals. Listen to them and take their advice. I won't vote for you but this is what you should do if you want to have any kind of a chance in the future. Bye bye Republican Party! Over 30 years I was faithful (didn't vote for G W Bush last election.) I am through with you! I hope others in SC wise up as well!

    December 6, 2008 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  6. G.F.

    Why does this idiot keep rearing her empty head?

    December 6, 2008 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Shopping at Neiman Marcus-$24,000
    Shopping at Macy's-$24,000
    Shopping at Victoria's Secret-$24,000
    Shopping at Brooks Brothers-$24,000
    Not being able to name more than 1 supreme court case +
    Not being able to name sources of information +
    Not being able to form complete sentences that make sense
    + Having America see how much of an ignorant hypocrite she is, Priceless.

    December 6, 2008 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  8. Jeremy

    Seriously...can't the media just let it go at this point. You got what you wanted and thus created which was Barack in the White House. Now after accusing Gov. Palin of not being her own child's mother, accusing her of forcing her teenage daughter to marry and now "Wardrobegate" just LET IT GO!!! How much money do you think Michelle had spent on her to make her look good for the events. How about the tailored suits for Barack??? If Edward R. Murrow could see what the media age has become, milking a 4 month "NEWS" story out of the wardrobe for the vice presidential candidate!!!

    December 6, 2008 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  9. Tom

    I'd like to bid on those Victoria's Secret items!!!!

    December 6, 2008 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  10. David

    $180,000 would make me look electable, and I am a 47 year old overweight male. What the right wing tried to do was inject celebrity appeal into a stale and losing campaign. It actually almost started to work. What the left wing did was choose two very intelligent and capable people to hopefully pull this country out of the wreckage of 8 years of Bush. Sit back and watch the Dems clean up the mess a right wing administration can create......again!

    December 6, 2008 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  11. Ms M L Beckham

    Like it or not, Sarah Palin is news. Don't ask me why, I can't see the big draw; she's a loser!. But, as long as other news outlets carry this story, so will CNN. They are doing their job, which is to report the news, no matter HOW annoying it may be. I'm sick of hearing about Palin too, and I'm THRILLED she's back in Alaska!

    December 6, 2008 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  12. Independant

    A woman from California for Obama is just jealous because the "ONES" wife resembles Zera from "Planet of the Apes".

    December 6, 2008 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  13. hadit

    When will you liberal Democrats get a life! This is nothing when you consider the money the poor droped into the Democratic coffers. Why don't you use what anger and hate you have left fighting for the real people you walked on to get to this ugly stage you are simmering in now. Obama will have to use right of center thinking to turn this around. McGain was who I wanted but I got Obama, but my prayers are with Obama to beable to turn this mess around. And it is only a matter of time before all you hate filled Liberals even turn on him because he will not be mean enough to feed your rant.

    December 6, 2008 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  14. cman

    Wow gman, a little stereotypical are we? You are a problem with America, just hate all Dems no matter their position on the issues you listed. Are you serious about renouncing God? or killing fetuses? and don't forget that all Dems have to shop at Walmart, give me a break gman. You are one of the people dividing this country and no one appreciates it. And thanks CNN for allowing gman's kind of post, its just great. I thought you filtered these?

    December 6, 2008 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  15. herbster

    of course....
    talk about clothes with palin
    talk about stupid small worthless matters like saving unborn babys from not happening, gays, religon, clothing, thats all a distraction that many people in america are distracted by, DOES ANYONE EVEN KNOW PALiN SAID IF RUSSIA INVADES GEORGIA AGAIN SHE WOULD WAR RUSSIA!!!!!!!! russia america both nuclear powers,
    who cares who wins, wed both be nuclear wastelands!
    sarah palin- an incompetant moron who on the interview with katy curik didnt know what an economy is!!!!!!!!!!!!
    and when has argueing about religion ever helped, so what shes christian so is all our other 51 presidents INCLUDING OBAMA, incase you didnt know hes dad left him when he was like a baby or even younger, his christian mom raised him IN AMERICA i mean come on The fbi would know before some fox news addict if he had any real connections to be worryed about

    December 6, 2008 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  16. jus

    hey. be happy they did not win

    December 6, 2008 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  17. Ruthie

    I think it's a big deal because she will run in 2012, and Americans have proven what a short memory they have. Go ahead and say the American public isn't dumb enough to elect her president. But we, the American public, have already demonstrated our blindness to idiocy. Not only did the American public elect G.W.Bush a first time, they sent him in for round two. He was given a second chance to really muck things up. Well, he did a good job there while "in president." (That's his phrase.)

    December 6, 2008 07:29 am at 7:29 am |

    Why worry about the spilled Milk? Per Law RNC reported and the media- biased or otherwise- picked up what to sensationalize for blogs-She is Human and has a family – may be needed some "Xtreme makeover" to look presentable- She got it. She be not so selfish she included her family in that makeover. Get real and move on folks....Demands may have been made, but the people who fulfilled those demands are to blame. Does any one know if those people also had some finger licking- Possible yeah?

    December 6, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  19. miken

    Obama spent over 700 million dollars – 4 times what McCain spent. You pathetic Palin haters shouldn't throw stones.

    December 6, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  20. ACC

    To Brian: The reason why it doesn't matter how much Obama and Biden spend on their suits is because they have enough money to PAY FOR THEMSELVES.

    December 6, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  21. Kevin

    Can the Republican party AFFORD Sarah Palin? Not if this 9-week stink is any evidence of how much this candidate costs.. in hair/makeup alone!

    December 7, 2008 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  22. Cali, QT

    I agree with CAT...What the hell did she need from Victoria's Secret?? It must be nice!! Is she giving that to charity as well?? YUCK!!

    December 7, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
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