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. Greg Porter

    Since when is Target a high-end store?

    December 5, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  2. grahame

    OK People Here's the deal.
    Give as much money as you can to Barack.
    If you only save a doller a month for the next four years plus add two. That's $100.00 If we all do that then Barack will hold about a Billion Bucks right there I personally know of people who had no relationship with anyone in the USA but they sent money to friends in the USA to contribute to Obama. That's how much the world hates the republicans including Sarah Palin. Start now we can put the republicans away from ever

    December 5, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  3. socalgal

    It's amazing to me that many of you are attacking her personally. Just because her views are different doesn't make her stupid or an idiot. If you have something to say back it up with facts without the name calling.

    December 5, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  4. duey79

    This story is funny. The fact is that almost all politicians are crooks that are now viewed like some sort of a celebrity. I thought that the idea was that they were supposed to be servants to the society they represent. If we want to point fingers we should look in the mirror. The American people have allowed politicians to waste effort and public funds on ridiculous things. We have allowed them to misuse their power and supress the true power of America, the people. Republicans are morons and democrats are idiots. Lets face it, we will see this kind of wasteful phoney behavior escalate if nothing is done to stop it. America, get your head out of the sand. Politicians only care about the people they were hired to serve when the spotlight is on them or they have some kind of personal benefit included. The founding fathers would be disgusted if they saw what this country has become.

    December 5, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  5. Lisa

    The money would have been better spent on some basic education for Sarah Palin.

    December 5, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  6. Mark

    The clothes are in the belly of the plane! Sarah said so! She is McCain's insult to women: he thought women would support her because of her sex, regardless of her lack of qualifications and her indifference to the world around her.

    Let's put W and Palin in a room and not let them out until one of them utters something intelligent – no teleprompters allowed.

    December 5, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  7. A2

    Who cares? Why don't you even make a pretense of balanced reporting by listing what Obama's campaign spent on his stuff?

    December 5, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  8. dmjakers

    Well, Republicans are still complaining about Obama's money, but at least he managed his money well, finishing with $30 million cash in the bank. Now THAT'S fiscal responsibility.
    McCain's campaign went bankrupt in the fall of 2007, long be the primaries. Clinton barely finished the primaries and ended up over $22 million in debt. I'm glad they won't be in charge.
    What's really awful - well, one of many terrible things - is that the GOP spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on Palin but she still didn't look great. Certainly, they should demand a refund on that hair thing.
    Remember, everyone who criticizes Palin is only doing it because she's a woman. Nobody would say anything if a man did all those things. Not only does she say that with a straight face, but many of the Fox Noise Zombies - I mean 'viewers' believe it.
    But it's okay, because they're donating all the clothes to charity - evidently the homeless.

    December 5, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  9. Richard

    Just a typical soccer mom spending $20,000 per week.

    December 5, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  10. Samantha

    I care Palin may run, but she will not be president in 2012. If all goes well she will fly back to Alaska on her Broom and never be seen or heard from again.

    December 5, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  11. GloomBoomDotCom

    Palin has enough personality that she didn't need the expensive outfits. I don't think she necessarily has the qualifications but hey, what has Biden ever done beside run for the Senate? Whatever.......Check out

    December 5, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  12. steve r. from Wash st.

    Shouldn't she purchase informative reading materials to expand her knowledge? YA THINK ?

    December 5, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  13. Battle

    C'mon! Find something else to talk about! In this day of 700+billion dollar bailouts, CNN headlines Palin's wardrobe bill "SKYROCKETS"?
    What a bunch of clowns CNN is!

    December 5, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  14. Elle

    Hmmm, I wonder what was on that receipt for Victoria Secrets??
    Did they actually donate the Victoria Secret undies???

    $180,000 for 9 Weeks...
    I'm lucky if I can get $1000 to spend on my wardrobe for 52 Weeks a year for work. Pssh.....

    hey! by the way... are they tracking which Goodwill Retail Shop they're donating the clothes to?

    December 6, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  15. ray

    hmmmmm, i wonder what they got her from Victoria's Secret.

    the point is, i dont think buying her anything from victorias secret would improve her look in public, like who care about what she wearing underneath her clothes is that or was that suggested by todd?

    my question is, did she ask for and require all of that from the mccain campaign or was it a deal between the two:

    Palin: John, I will fill in the vice president spot you if and only if you provide a closet makeover for the entire palin village

    December 6, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  16. Observer

    Ok, who cares? The election is over. Nobody cares anymore and people are probably more tired than I am hearing about Palin through non-important stories. Enough already...

    December 6, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  17. marcus2

    Since Sarah has consistently promoted herself as "regular folk," she has no business accepting $150,000 worth of clothes and $55,000 for stylists. Good for CNN for reporting this story. Keep it up. Sarah's cult following will follow her no matter what, but I think she's right out of Elmer Gantry in many ways.

    December 6, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  18. roger

    I think that you look at the outside and you missout on the word's that she speaks. listen to what she has to say not what she is wearing.

    December 6, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  19. Mark

    Is Target considered high end these days?

    Well if these Economic conditions get worse Wal-Mart is going to be considered the Champs-Elysées, of America

    December 6, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  20. Dobbs Beleo

    How sad that the party of Lincoln has sunk to coughing up a goober like Palin. Is she their future? My God!

    December 6, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  21. L. Wood

    I can't believe you guys are still consumed with Sarah Palin's wardrobe!!! Are you going to start analyzing Michelle Obama's inaugeration gown and Barack Obama's custom suit too??? And what do you think about Mr & Mrs. Biden's yearly budget for clothes??? Then start on poor Katie Couric, while you're at it - I'll bet she spends a bundle on clothes! Gee whiz, CNN - report the news please!

    December 6, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  22. Dave in Houston

    It's the best money that stupid campaign ever spent!

    I've been a Barack Obama supporter since before the primaries, and Sarah Palin's views make me puke. However, I have to admit that she is quiet attractive and dolling her up probably gained their ticket a lot of votes.

    Sadly for them, her views, arrogance and stupidity cost them even more votes, but that is not the stylist's fault!

    December 6, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  23. jojodancer1119

    This is old news and no one really cares.

    December 6, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  24. Petra

    Since when is Target a high-end store???

    I can't stand Palin because of her political views and she comes across as not very knowledgeable. But I do think that she never asked for those clothes and would have preferred to be allowed to just be herself during the campaign. It was the Republican Party and those in charge of the campaign who made those spending decisions. Also, when that kid who impregnated her daughter was forced to show up at the airport to meet McCain, it was obvious that he would have never chosen those preppy boy clothes on his own.

    December 6, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  25. who cares ~ coldwar vet

    Republicans who think Sarah Palin is the future of their party are out of touch with the majority of America. The GOP is a divisive dinosaur, living in the past of a bigone era with no new ideas, who have squandered away countless billions by catering to the rich and powerful and brought our economy to the brink of bankruptcy. Sarah Palin's spending habits symbolically reflects the GOP who spent over a trillion dollars, with nothing to show for it but an economy teetering on collapse. So much for the party of big business.

    December 6, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
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