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. Dan

    While it is true that this story is no longer newsworthy, I really do appreciate the hypocrisy of the Republican Party. They try to portray Sarah Palin as an everyday, down to earth, hockey mom who understands what the "common Joe" (we'll call him six-pack or plumber) has to contend with every day, meanwhile they spend more money on a wardrobe than 90% of the households make in a year. This is the same party who took a certain Democrat to task for paying $200 for a haircut. My only request is that the Republican Party stop cramming their lies and hypocrisy down our throats. Thank you and have a nice day!

    December 6, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  2. Mark

    This election proved the RNC can truly put 180k worth lipstick on a pig

    December 6, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  3. Sheryl D

    If this is the best that the media can do to trash this woman, then I'd say she's doing pretty well. These clothes were purchased because Sarah Palin didn't come with a high-end, Hilary wardrobe. There's not one of you who wouldn't have worn the clothes if you were in her position. She buys her clothes at a consignment shop. She's the real deal and that's what scares the heck out of some of you. Just a continued example of blatant media bias. What a big surprise that is.

    December 6, 2008 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  4. Atticus Bell

    Why are we still bringing up the name Palin. Let's make her go away like a bad memory, clothes bills and all!

    December 6, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  5. trish, nc

    Yawn. Move on, please. It's the media's job to report, but the venomous hate-mongering between party-loyalists is absurd when we are on the brink of destruction thanks to eight years of the Cheney-Rove administration.

    December 6, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  6. Scott

    The clothes will be returned ... several years from now when they're donated to the Goodwill.

    December 6, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  7. Palin's an idiot

    Everybody that's being realistic can see that she was just a ploy to get disgruntled Hillary voters. Never was and never will be a viable candidate for anything but Governer of Alaska and if you look at her background (i.e. bounced around to 5 different low tier colleges before finally getting her degree in journalism) and her abuse of power and habit of using tax payers money to fund her family vacations (that she claims are political trips) she is not even qualified to be governer of Alaska......her political career is DONE!!! I am glad she was on the GOP ticket though cause she sealed an easy Obama victory. So all yall can be made as you want because Obama is my president and YOURS too.......LOL!!!!

    December 6, 2008 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  8. nico

    haha yea, I agree with Bigman, it would be.

    December 6, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  9. Jason

    HMM, OK CNN, how about everytime you run an article on Palins fashion costs you also run an add on OBAMA's natural born status quandary..... fair and balanced enough for you??

    December 6, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  10. Yo Yo

    You guys are killing me! Any money that any of the candidates have to spend come from you and I. They are all overpaid for the results that have delivered. Please keep this perpetual machine rolling with the continuous comments.

    December 6, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  11. fedup

    I am sick of palin, but the RNC used her for thier own agenda (which failed miserably) and I think she should just keep the clothes and go stay in Alaska because I can't stand the sound of her screechy voice one more time. Another idea would be maybe the RNC could auction them off and pay the taxpayers back.

    December 6, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  12. Kathie In Arkansas

    Thanks again for reminding me why I stopped watching CNN during the Democratic primaries, your loathing of smart and challenging women is becoming pathalogical.

    Who has been buying Obama's $3,000 suits and what about that hideous dress Michelle wore when he gave his "I won" speech?

    Just when we thought you'd had a blink of journalism.......sigh.

    December 6, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  13. scott

    I cant wait until the day Sarah Palin is never spoken about again.
    She is terrible and anyone who believes otherwise is so blind to the
    truth that their is no saving them. Obama's presidency is going to historical and unprecedented. Come 2012 republicans and democrats will be stand united behind Obama and Sarah Palin would get blown out even worse than McCain.

    December 6, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  14. SickAndTiredOfYouWhackos

    Anyone that wants to be down on Palin because of $180,000 and doesn't have a problem with Obama raising $700,000,000 for a freaking political campaign is a certified nutjob.

    December 6, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  15. Brian

    When the heck is Sarah Palin going to do her job and return to Alaska ???

    This is not fair!

    This is not where I want my tax paying dollars going - I hope Alaskans take her to court and demand her termination – this is outrageous!

    December 6, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  16. J

    Who cares????? They should be jumping for joy that they were helping stimulate the economy....

    I find it interesting that they focus on the spending of the only candidate in the race that was not a multi-millionare...

    What about the spending habits of McCain, Obama, or Biden... or any of the member of the senate for that matter.

    Wake up all.... At that level you are dealing with the very wealthy. Both Dems and Repubs at that level all know how to spend the cash...

    I just wish all the sheeple would open their eyes, evaluate all candidates on their behavior and the quality of their character rather than which political party they belong to.

    December 6, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  17. Brainless

    I am brainless thats why I support Sarah!!! She keeps a close eye on those darn Russians too!

    December 6, 2008 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  18. VETS4Obama

    3 strikes enjoy being in the minority with your hate filled narrow minded and ignorant party. You clearly are one of tehm and certainly not a vet. As clueless as you are I would fight again so you can spew your ignorance!

    December 6, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  19. watchdog

    Why donate the clothes? Why not let her keep them, for crying out loud? Is some poor person going to wear the underwear from Victoria's secret? Underwear Sara Palin once wore?

    Sound like collectors items for some.

    December 6, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  20. poolmyfinger

    Let's see...what are the Top Three reasons (complaints) why people (mostly women) dislike Sarah Palin??

    1.) Because she is too pretty
    2.) Because she makes women "look stupid"
    3.) Because of what she wears

    Seriously? Gee I wonder if these are the same people that voted Bill Clinton into office because he was considered attractive and nothing else.

    If you are going to attack Sarah Palin, do some research on her policies, not on what she wears.

    Get a life people. Grow up.

    December 6, 2008 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  21. Frank

    Well the 180,000 did make her look incredibly georgeous, but no money in the world will cure her blatant stupidity.

    December 6, 2008 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  22. Deborah

    janell on December 5th, 2008 11:06 pm ET WROTE:

    Well the democrats voted in this CRACKCASE of a president. We will be discussing far more than a fashion bill on here after he completely RUINS our country. Black men can't lead!


    What a pathetic racist you are. Go away.

    December 6, 2008 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  23. Sue

    So pretty yet so dumb.

    December 6, 2008 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  24. JM

    Just a lot of jealousy..... Her detractors only wish they could look that good....

    Seriously, the bashing should stop. One thing people need to realize is that alienating and demonizing large groups of people (e.g. the people of Alaska that voted for SP), does nothing to move this country forward. You have to realize that Alaska is a very strategic piece of this country from both a geographic and natural resource perspective. Bring them into the fold, don't tell them how stupid they are for voting for SP as governor.

    The people have spoken, and Obama is now the president elect. Time will tell if Sarah Palin has what it takes to be an effective leader and whether she will be capable of being president in the future.

    December 6, 2008 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  25. Jean

    Wow. imagine all these clothes DO end up on Ebay. Hmm.. I'm sure her "fan" base would pay a high price for them... LOL!

    December 6, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
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