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. NeSS

    Gee...Makes ol' John Edwards haircut look like he was a cheapskate. Instead of the Republican party, it might just be called the Hypocrisy party. Just like they talk about wanting "smaller and less government" interference in our lives – yet they want to tell everyone who they can marry, what they should be believe, even how and what couples do in the privacy of their own homes. I guess privacy and belief only belong to the right wing of the republican party. Things that make you go hmmm...hey – didn't those pharisees wear white?

    December 5, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  2. Don

    Make "Moose Girl Barbie" go away. Please, make her go away.

    December 5, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  3. Steve NY

    She could wear a potato sack and still be hotter than 99.99% of all other politicians.

    Next time, do it your way Palin and don't mess with that crew.

    December 5, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  4. Red, Red WHINE!!

    How can you tell the difference between a Pitt Bull and Sarah Palin?

    Brains and clothes! The dumb one shops at Saks!

    December 5, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  5. Kevin

    Get over it, so what? What a pathetic story, someone running for Pres or VP should look their best, it's call imaging and the fees you stated are nothing in the industry!!!!!
    You sorry liberals still can't get over Palin even when she's now out of the picture....

    December 5, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  6. Ryan

    I guess I am going to have to vote democrat again.

    December 5, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  7. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz




    December 5, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  8. President Obama

    Can't you just see the needy people who received the charity from Palin and the RNC all decked out in the expensive clothing? I wonder where they will wear their new clothing to? I guess it's okay to lie to the American people as long as you give to charity.

    December 5, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  9. katiec

    Read where money was spent for the dudes silk underwear. What a ridiculous, unscrupulous waste of the doners money and again shows how out of touch the republicans are with what the American people want and expect. If I had been so ignorant as to donate to the republicans campaign, I would be furious.

    December 5, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  10. Bobby Yaush

    Well... no matter how humble these candidates may have been at one time... I surely no longer consider them as humble any longer. You'll never convince me that the career politician quickly turn "Elitist" early in their career, never to return. This is quite the problem with US politics.

    December 5, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  11. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz

    i know cnn will moderate it to death, but its the truth.

    December 5, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  12. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    All that makeup and her chiin still resembles QUAGMIRE'S of 'Family Guy'.

    Giggety giggety giggety!

    December 5, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  13. unbeliveable

    what a shame, and a slap in the face to the american people.

    December 5, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  14. Westy

    What a useless story. This is as newsworthy as the coverage of how the big 3 execs travelled to Washington. Amazing these folks get paid to write this as, "news". Do they at least compare and contrast the spending of the (2) parties.....nope that would be fair coverage and apparently deemed as blasphemy. Keep chugging the kool aid folks.

    December 5, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  15. Dexter Skagway

    Did anyone doubt her status as the High Priestess of Hypocrisy?

    December 5, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  16. Ethan of NJ

    I always thought that the original $150,000 estimate was a rounded-down guess. Well, now the truth is out and I'm not at all surprised.

    December 5, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  17. Bob

    Who cares?

    This is one of the things that is wrong with the news business today. Instead of reporting news, they try making news.

    Next thing you know they will start asking who should be president in 2050!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 5, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  18. DOC

    It would appear people looked a bit past the "pretty wrapper" in the last election.

    I would have thought "conservatives" would have had something better to "throw money" at than a wardrobe for a would be candidate.

    I've seen more fiscal responsibility in Vegas...

    December 5, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  19. James

    Target and Ann Taylor are high-end stores?

    December 5, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  20. Anon

    Victoria's Secret?? Is there something more we should know?

    December 5, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  21. Mike

    And how much did Uhbamas trips to Hawaii on a chartered 757 cost?

    December 5, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  22. Dee

    Who cares! Find something worthwhile to write about. Maybe Pelosi's unnecessary use of our taxpayer money on her own private jet.

    December 5, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  23. David Goldman



    December 5, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  24. Jeff

    Donated? Giving the actual money spent to a charity in the first place might have been a better move...on many levels!

    I hope everyone remembers this when she tries to run again!

    December 5, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  25. Michelle, NY

    So what.....She spent for presidential ticket. How about Michelle Obama? Michelle Obama spent money for her clothes and hair and make up more than Sarah Palin.Michelle Obama is just wife of senator. Sarah is an Alaska governor .It's unfair to gossip about her.

    December 5, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
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