December 5th, 2008
09:10 PM ET
13 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. dee

    Many are missing the point to this news! This is news based on her hypocrisy and how she presented herself as ridding the Alaskan government of fraud and bringing back ethics and her behaviors with spending this amount of money goes against the very thing she was attempting to represent herself as being. Character is what you do in the moment when you can get away with it and she has proven she has no character. She has inappropriately billed the Alaskans for her daughters/family trips, did not report trips and gifts until much later, and the list will continue as she is in office. But what I do not get is why hard working, ethical people stand for this!

    December 5, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  2. Liz

    Rather than donate them to charity, wouldn't it make MUCH more sense to auction them off as clothes worn by SP and then donate the money to charity? I mean, what person shopping at Goodwill is going to need a $5K suit?

    December 5, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  3. Charlie

    What a farse. Sold as a hockey mom, but turn out to be a self absorbing person, who is only concerned with being in the spotlight. People should understand that looks alone, doesn't qualify for being President. She is TOTALLY UNPREPARED FOR ANY HIGH OFFICE. Doesn't have the education, experience, wisdom or innate intelligence.

    December 5, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  4. Jona

    Hey CNN.. NO ONE CARES.. GET OVER IT! Or watch Olbermann every night.. this is ALL he is talking about/

    December 5, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  5. Carol

    Send her the friggin bill and be done with it.

    December 5, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  6. Jona

    How much money is going to be wasted on four days of drinking in Washington DC?

    December 5, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  7. thelunarnote

    First...who cares

    Second...When you do most of your shopping at Wal-Mart...yeah TARGET is a HIGH FASHION store.

    December 5, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  8. LP

    What, precisely, from Victoria's Secret can be donated to charity?

    December 5, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  9. Olivia

    What in the world a charity would do with Sarah Palin's expensive clothes? Auction them? Why didn't she oppose wearing expensive clothes beginning with? Or in her views this is the definition of a Good Samaritan... but not according to many Alaskans who care for a good and honest leader.

    December 5, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  10. jon

    Really the only thing to say is " How cares"?

    December 5, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  11. Rob in GA

    Palin's a loser. If she's the best hope for the "Republican Base," they are doomed.

    December 5, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  12. Republican for Obama!

    That sure sounds like the fiscal conservatism to me...

    How exactly did the Republican Party become know as the "conservative party"?

    December 5, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  13. Mag

    No you see how much she will have cost tax payers if the McPalin ticket had won?

    Not even to mention the $300K a dress expenses for babydoll Cindy – these people will bankrupt our finance chest just on fashion!

    December 5, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  14. Kathryn

    Typical – a tired Republican solution to a cocked up situation:

    Donate her used knickers to the poor & needy! Let them eat cake!


    December 5, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Yes, I'm sure Mitt Romney's suits are worth much more than that. I'm also sure he pays for them himself.

    December 5, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  16. Michelle

    I love how the justification for this atrocious expense is that it is being donated to charity. How many charities hand out clothes like this? And what clothing did she need from Victoria's Secret, for cryin' out loud? Have they gotten in the market of Christian conservative apparel?!?!

    December 5, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  17. Matt

    I want CNN to obtain an image of a receipt when this gets donated to charity. PROOF!

    December 5, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  18. John from LA

    Hmmmm-did anyone ever question "The Messiahs" clothing during the election????-Word on the street is that BO likes Burberry, Brioni and Ferragamo-and he's not an elitist.

    And take if from this gay male-his bill is MUCH larger than Palins.

    December 5, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  19. Sara, Birmingham AL

    Did I read "brilliant" AND "honest"?? PLEASE!

    December 5, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  20. Sue

    It just goes to show you that our culture dictates that it is better for women of authority to look better instead of actually having half a brain... which explains why we are in the economic position we are in.

    December 5, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  21. Pat Pa.

    The Obama's paid for their own clothes. You people are pathetic.

    December 5, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  22. lori

    Victoria Secret???!!!!!!!!

    December 5, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  23. Anonymous


    "Doug Holleman December 5th, 2008 8:45 pm ET

    What is the big deal on Palin's cloths cost?? Any
    research done on cost of Obama family cloths, or where they were bought?? I bet they didn't come from Wall Mart!"

    It came out of our money that was earned the hard way hmmm our taxes? And Obama and his wife are lawyers its pretty obvious they can afford it. That is not an issue

    December 5, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  24. Amy

    Why in the world would anybody spend that much money on clothes.What was she doing with her income as a governer?

    December 5, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
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