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 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  2. Wondering

    i wonder why it really matters? oh yeah – if obama had followed through on his commitment to have a publically funded campaign, there'd be tens of millions of dollars that could be spent on more productive efforts. or for that matter, why doesn't the extra $30,000,000 in the obama campaign fund get donated to charity? lets' get things in the proper perspective.

    December 5, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  3. Blue All the WAY!

    Not that I want to talk about her either, but it does matter.

    It goes to the root of her character. She played the people as a physical conservative, and one who is like” Joe the six pack". Then she had the audacity to criticize all democrats as big spenders.
    Meanwhile, the whole time she took full advantage of the RNC's willingness to shell out all it took to make her into something she was not. She should be ashamed of taking advantage of everyone!

    December 5, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  4. Aujean

    I'll bet the clothes from Victoria's Secret won't go to charity and probably a few more items :>)

    December 5, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  5. Lou-Dallas

    ,,,is the media somehow stuck on the idea of how much money was spent on the governor's clothes...this is the best they can come up we all freakin care...
    ...tell us something really how much money was spent on 'The Annointed One's" clothes....!!!

    December 5, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  6. Howard Roark

    A transition team loaded with lobbyists, a cabinet loaded with entrenched Washington politicians…yep, change you can believe in.

    December 5, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  7. Deborah

    So, this is the woman some of you want running the country in 2012. If she can't control her own spending, how does she manage fiscal responsibility for the nation's economy!!

    Please make this woman go back home to the moose and her empty headed life and leave her gazing on Russia from her back porch. How she ever got to be Governor doesn't say much for the candidate pool in Alaska.

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

    What did she buy at Vickie's secret? Nevermind, I don't really want to know.

    December 5, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  9. Jill from Texas

    I'm sorry, but this does matter. It matters because McCain's camp was obviously unaware of new VP-elect Palin's demands, and it also matters because it is a glaring reflection of who she really is and what she represents – a beautifully-wrapped package of polarizing hate-filled crap. Shame on McCain for nominating her and shame on the idiots who still continue to support her – a person who only acts on behalf of herself with the pretense of being directed and guided by God. Ridiculous!!!

    December 5, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  10. Hellga


    A high end store?

    December 5, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  11. carlos

    This is what she spent campining now imagine if she would become the vice president.

    December 5, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  12. Doug Hughes

    I have been watching EBay for Palin second-hand, so I can get my wife something 'consevative' for Christmas. But alas, no Palin wardrobe bargains. So where did the wardrobe wind up? Alaska?

    December 5, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  13. Marie

    Will that gucci bag she brought her young daughter also go to charity? ....Yeah right and how much more will go to charity after all she did parade her family to those stores I BETCHA .Whenever you saw that family they reminded you of the Brady Bunch.What about the wedding for her pregnant teenage daughter or is it since she lost the nomination that's off the table.Palin has as much brains as Archie Bunker's wife Edith but at least Edith spoke in coherent sentences.And Todd cost a man to lose his job for having his nose where it didn't belong and that's what he get by Sarah not winning the nomination to say the least of all the hate mongering she enchanted at those rallies...SHAME on both of them and good riddance

    December 5, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  14. ShaneinAZ

    Since when is Target a high end store?

    December 5, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  15. nygranny

    WHAT?? Nieman Marcos?? Nordstrom?? Victoria's Secret?? I thought this was the soccer mom from Alaska, I didn't know she even knew those stores existed. Wow, Sarah, ahmm soooo disssaaapppointedddd!!

    December 5, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  16. Tim

    Must be nice...

    December 5, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  17. Benjamin

    I'm not mad @ Sarah Palin. Oh sure, she beat the hate drum during the campaign, but that was not her plan , she was just the messenger. Can't blame anyone for wanting to pad their resume. She's a likable person, with stage presence. There's great potential for her because republicans like to operate behind a mouthpiece that will say and do whatever they demand. Sarah may not get to keep the clothes that were bought for her, and neither will the charties receive them. The republicans are a ruthless bunch who will lie, cheat and steal to achieve their means. Think of Richard Nixon and you have the symbol of the RepubliKLANS.

    December 5, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  18. DC Observer

    Obama's one night speech in Chicago with its glamour entertainment party under the tent with Oprah, Brad Pitt, and others cost 50 x this amount

    December 5, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  19. Cowbell

    Yawn. How much of the millions of dollars Barack has left over will he return to his donors?

    December 5, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  20. Marla, NY

    @ Brian,

    You're a Republican alright. Obama raised 750 million for ads and rallies and campaign materials. Sarah and her family WORE 180 thousand dollars on their backs, paid for by all the taxpayers (including me, who will never vote for a Republican).

    At least Obama's money came from people who SENT their money to him and wanted him to spend it.

    Don't be intellectually challenged.

    December 5, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  21. GeoNY

    First time I've ever seen Brooks Brothers and Target mentioned in the same sentence! I don't usually think of Target as high-end, but maybe by Wasilla standards. And what Victoria's Secret lingerie was needed for the campaign??? Sounds like "First Dude" was doing the shopping.

    This whole matter is ludicrous but not surprising. After hearing her claims of, "Ya know, I'm just a hockey maahm......" she cost $290,000 for nine weeks worth of clothes, hair, and makeup. Give me a break. I'm pretty sure my two-month clothing budget is a little less than that.

    December 5, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  22. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian



    I know how you feel, but don't forget, around

    December 5, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  23. Chloe

    Brian rolls out the tiresome question "How much was spent on Obama's suits, or on Biden's hair?" in a lame attempt to change the subject. A quick Google provides the answer on both counts: Obama's suits retailed for $1500, and the DNC didn't pay for them. Biden didn't have a hair stylist.

    He also asks why the money spent from Bloomies to Victoria's Secret (including men's silk underwear and a Gucci bag for her child) matters. Answering that doesn't even take a Google: the "just like us" hockey mom is an opportunistic hypocrite. Speaking of which, why isn't it Socialism to tax a major corporation doing business in Alaska, then spreading that wealth around, to the tune of $3000 checks, to every citizen of the state?

    Sorry, Brian, there's no evading her hypocrisy.

    December 5, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  24. keeth in california

    Not surprised at all, either that the RNC would blow this much money on trying to fool the American people, or that the RNC would lie about how much they actually spent. I'm sure the "First Dude" (puh-leeze!) will like whatever she got from Victoria's Secret, but God I hope she doesn't sell or give that stuff away. That's just gross... like this story.

    December 5, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  25. erika morgan

    I still say the cloths etc. were Cindy McCain's idea so she should foot the bill, she is the one who is used to being expensively dressed. Sarah will probably need the stuff as she hunts a job that allows her recently experienced lifestyle. AND ALL WHO SAY ENOUGH ALREADY ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT.

    December 5, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
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