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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    December 5, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  2. Jenne in Omaha

    While some of us do not seem to mind that a Vice-Presidential candidate buys herself and her family $180,000.00 worth of clothes, some of us do and find it quite insulting. If Palin was not trying to make herself into a “hockey mom” and pretending to be like “ordinary Americans” it would not have been as repulsive. The woman could have easily gone to high-end boutique and purchased 10 black suits for $5000.00- she could have dressed her family completely for another $5000.00. She spent the equivalent of some American’s dream home that they will NEVER own. It was completely out of line that she went on a high-end power-shopping spree; it’s disgusting. I still cannot believe that so many Americans would even consider voting for her on ANY ticket. I compare it to staring at a train wreck … what could anyone have been thinking? No wonder her 17-year-old is pregnant- the woman is an idiot.

    December 5, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  3. Tom

    How much is M. Obama spending on her family

    December 5, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  4. chuck

    Did the first dude return his clothes and all the children's ones too? This was a spending spree for the PITBULL AND HER FIRST DUDE. This is a woman that preaches "do what I say but don't do what I do."NFG.

    December 5, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  5. KCBob

    Top posting stories ab out this inept idiot politician.

    Her 15min were up 2 hours ago.

    December 5, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  6. Mike D.

    I hope the charity is smart enough to auction the clothes. They'll probably get a lot of money for them.

    December 5, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  7. Paras

    Do we really want her to donate her purchase from Victoria's Secret?

    December 5, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  8. Grey Stone

    So let me get this straight. For a year, while he was running for the President of the US & The National Inquirer was reporting that Sen John Edwards was having an affair, CNN refused to report it or even to investigate it as it was immaterial.....again he was RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT! Yet now with the ELECTION OVER and Palin back in Alaska, CNN is hot on her trail investigating price tags on her clothes because this is news????! So he says CNN is biased? LOL

    December 5, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  9. robert

    "how many of those people could Obama have helped with the $750 million that he raised?"

    Over 300 million.

    December 5, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  10. Mike in Memphis


    That's a lot of lipstick for that pitbull. But it's still just a pitbull.

    December 5, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  11. mustgofish

    What's all the fuss about? Tundra resistant lingerie does not come cheap.

    December 5, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  12. David

    Am I a snob or since when did Target become a high end store?

    December 5, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  13. b

    Charity? They ought to put it up for sale on Ebay. Just think how many dumb Republicans would snatch it up for obscene amounts of money.

    December 5, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  14. Fashionista

    They could of saved a lot of money and simply bought a case of duct tape. Works for all sorts of things.

    December 5, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  15. Kev

    She's gonna donate clothes from Victoria's Secret to charity? Isn't there a demand for these types of things on eBay? :^)

    December 5, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  16. disgusted

    So, now Target is high-end; CNN you are a disgrace. If this was Obama you would be praising him for his polished look!!! And btw I am a Democrat, but everyone should aknowledge biased and horrible journalism when they see it.

    December 5, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  17. Joan , Ontario

    Some say this is irrelevant because no-one asks about the men's clothing costs. However, I don't think the men could spend $180,000 on suits, ties, haircuts and shoes. It is relevant because it shows the hypocracy of the simple, hockey mom image she tried to project. How much else was hypocritical?

    December 5, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  18. Joanna

    I'm going to be very interested in the names of those Charities the RNC keeps referring to. Now, if they came out and said they were going to auction the clothes off and donate the proceeds to charity, that I would have an easier time believing. They will not be able to recoup the funds expended on "hair & makeup" (what a waste).

    December 5, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  19. DCBoxers

    It's pretty ironic that the RNC wants a smaller government when they try and justify spending all that cash on someone so unqualified to even be a participant in it.

    December 5, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  20. Blue

    Funny how the Corporate Media and the opposition try to make something out of anything Gov Palin does.

    Last I checked, it was Camp Obama that spent 50 extra million dollars for some fake columbs in a stadium for his acceptance speech, just for his party nomination.

    And...last I saw, it was the Democrats and Obama who spent 4 TIMES THE MONEY THAN THE McCain Campaign did.

    But, desperate as you all must be, show it by reporting how much McCain camp advisers spent on the candidates, however little compared to Camp Obama. lol

    Sarah, you are definitely scaring the special interests ad Dems.


    December 5, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  21. Blues

    May be Caroline Kenndy will take the spotlight soon!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 5, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  22. PAUL

    I think the CNN & MEDIA spent more time INVESTIGATING GOV PALIN'S CLOTHING EXPENSE then they did the entire 2 years they covered Sen Obama. Obama can THANK CNN for his Election.

    December 5, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  23. opedanderson

    STOP being so in the tank for Obama. The REAL story of this report is not what the RNC spent on Sarah Palin but that the overwhelming majority of Obamas 750 million dollars did NOT come from small donors, as the hype claims. In fact, they did not do much better with small donors than George Bush did in 2004!!!!!


    December 5, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  24. jack2

    47% of the country wanted her to be the vice president.
    that speaks a lot about the intelligence in this country.

    December 5, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  25. J

    Yeah to Brian for pointing out that Obama really could have and should have spent some of the money he raised AND SPREAD HIS WEALTH.
    At least Sara's cloths are going to charity. Michelle has been quoted as saying that we all need to give up a piece of the pie so that others may share. But then you see her bill for over $400.00 LUNCH of lobster with Barack. BTW, of the 750 million what is B.O. during with the dollars not spent . . . oh yeah, that is now part of his coffer. Okay, so is that more lobster or is B.O. going to give out pieces of that 750 million Pie – me thinks not!

    December 5, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
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