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RNC shells out $150K for Palin fashion
Politico ^ | 10/22/08 9:24 AM EDT | JEANNE CUMMINGS

Posted on 10/22/2008 7:21:50 AM PDT by Issaquahking

The Republican National Committee has spent more than $150,000 to clothe and accessorize vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her family since her surprise pick by John McCain in late August.


According to financial disclosure records, the accessorizing began in early September and included bills from Saks Fifth Avenue in St. Louis and New York for a combined $49,425.74.


The records also document a couple of big-time shopping trips to Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis, including one $75,062.63 spree in early September.


The RNC also spent $4,716.49 on hair and makeup through September after reporting no such costs in August.


The cash expenditures immediately raised questions among campaign finance experts about their legality under the Federal Election Commission's long-standing advisory opinions on using campaign cash to purchase items for personal use.


Politico asked the McCain campaign for comment, explicitly noting the $150,000 in expenses for department store shopping and makeup consultation that were incurred immediately after Palin’s announcement. Pre-September reports do not include similar costs.


Spokeswoman Maria Comella declined to answer specific questions about the expenditures, including whether it was necessary to spend that much and whether it amounted to one early investment in Palin or if shopping for the vice presidential nominee was ongoing.

“The campaign does not comment on strategic decisions regarding how financial resources available to the campaign are spent," she said.

But hours after the story was posted on Politico's website and legal issues were raised, the campaign issued a new statement.

"With all of the important issues facing the country right now, it’s remarkable that we’re spending time talking about pantsuits and blouses," said spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt. "It was always the intent that the clothing go to a charitable purpose after the campaign."

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Palin Fashion

The business of primping and dressing on the campaign trail has become fraught with political risk in recent years as voters increasingly see an elite Washington out of touch with their values and lifestyles.

In 2000, Democrat Al Gore took heat for changing his clothing hues. And in 2006, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) was ribbed for two hair styling sessions that cost about $3,000.

Then, there was Democrat John Edwards’ $400 hair cuts in 2007 and Republican McCain’s $520 black leather Ferragamo shoes this year.

A review of similar records for the campaign of Democrat Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee turned up no similar spending.

But all the spending by other candidates pales in comparison to the GOP outlay for the Alaska governor whose expensive, designer outfits have been the topic of fashion pages and magazines.

What hasn’t been apparent is where the clothes came from – her closet back in Wasilla or from the campaign coffers in Washington.

The answer can be found inside the RNC’s September monthly financial disclosure report under “itemized coordinated expenditures.”

It’s a report that typically records expenses for direct mail, telephone calls and advertising. Those expenses do show up, but the report also has a new category of spending: “campaign accessories.”

September payments were also made to Barney’s New York ($789.72) and Bloomingdale’s New York ($5,102.71).

See Also As clock ticks, hope dims for McCain savior Democrats' gloom deepens California gives most to Obama camp Macy’s in Minneapolis, another store fortunate enough to be situated in the Twin Cities that hosted last summer’s Republican National Convention, received three separate payments totaling $9,447.71.

The entries also show a few purchases at Pacifier, a top notch baby store, and Steiniauf & Stroller Inc., suggesting $295 was spent to accommodate the littlest Palin to join the campaign trail.

An additional $4,902.45 was spent in early September at Atelier, a high-class shopping destination for men.


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1 posted on 10/22/2008 7:21:52 AM PDT by Issaquahking
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To: Issaquahking

oopsie...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/search?m=all;o=time;q=quick;s=fashion


2 posted on 10/22/2008 7:23:57 AM PDT by xcamel (Conservatives start smart, and get rich, liberals start rich, and get stupid.)
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To: Issaquahking

What Not To Wear and Total Makeover would be proud.


3 posted on 10/22/2008 7:24:20 AM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: Issaquahking

Oh give me a break...


4 posted on 10/22/2008 7:24:42 AM PDT by farlander (Try not to wear milk bone underwear - it's a dog eat dog financial world)
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To: Issaquahking

What Not To Wear and Total Makeover would be proud.


5 posted on 10/22/2008 7:24:52 AM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: Issaquahking
Do anybody know how this compares John Edwards "primping" costs in 2004?

;)

6 posted on 10/22/2008 7:25:10 AM PDT by BureaucratusMaximus (Game over man...GAME OVER!)
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To: Issaquahking

PRIVATE FUNDS.


7 posted on 10/22/2008 7:25:38 AM PDT by Tempest (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNlXgzzdJQA)
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To: Issaquahking

Your donations everyone, I’m sad to say. For a lady who buys diapers from Walmart.


8 posted on 10/22/2008 7:26:12 AM PDT by kc8ukw
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To: Issaquahking

Where’s the DNC bill for crack?


9 posted on 10/22/2008 7:26:29 AM PDT by Stentor (Obama is Bill Ayers' Renfield.)
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To: Issaquahking

if these maggots are so convinced that obama wins in a landslide..why do they even care about this crap?

truly pathetic

HOW ABOUT SPENDING THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME LOOKING FOR BARRY SOETERO BIRTH CERTIFICATE!!!!!


10 posted on 10/22/2008 7:26:33 AM PDT by housedeep
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To: jan in Colorado; Perdogg; AuntB; Jeff Head; cgk

If this is all they have to go after her, bring it on! Nevermind that she is the most intelligent, freedom and liberty supporter that the nation has seen!


11 posted on 10/22/2008 7:27:58 AM PDT by Issaquahking (Maverick Barracuda voter! Drill baby drill!!)
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To: Issaquahking
Oh so these high end liberal number crunchers expect that Sarah bring along her washboard and clean her clothes at day's end.

Now wonder who is dressing Meeshell and funding her lobster and Iranian caviar champagne snacks, in up scale motels.

12 posted on 10/22/2008 7:28:45 AM PDT by Just mythoughts (Isa.3:4 And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.)
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To: Issaquahking

This is outrageous that you would actually wardrobe the VP candidate! /s


13 posted on 10/22/2008 7:29:01 AM PDT by Williams (It's The Policies, Stupid.)
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To: Issaquahking
Considering Bambi is getting in kind donations from favorable reporting from the MSM at ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC and CNN in he TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLALRS TO LOOK GOOD and tens of thousands of fraud realted votes from ACORN, stacked polls to hoist the false messiah and hundereds of millions in suspicious donations a lot from overseas, I would say so what to this article. The money has been spent not only on her but her husband and kids, so they look sharp wherever they go. BTW, search is your friend this has been posted already.
14 posted on 10/22/2008 7:29:36 AM PDT by jrooney (I am not voting for Spread the Wealth/Senator Government. I am voting for the War Hero and Baracuda.)
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To: Issaquahking

I have no problem with this at all. She’s a woman running for office who has earned the trust of GOP voters who support the party financially.

If it was something like 500,000 then it might raise an eyebrow. Otherwise, there’s still no excuse for a man getting a $400 haircut.


15 posted on 10/22/2008 7:29:43 AM PDT by rjp2005 (Lord have mercy on us)
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To: Issaquahking

You know that Obama's Clothes are the same situation. The emperor’s new suit is bought and paid for by the Obama Campaign is is Michelles clothes and their expensive snack tastes.

They can make this just another issue of going after Sara Palin but its a fact of life that the expense accounts of canidates while traveling on the road is pretty extreme.
The Emperor to be is an empty suit!
Michelle to Barack! Sweetie?
I think that I will order a little room service
Just a little light snack
Little people eat McDonald's
but I'm on the $400,000,000 Campaign express
Nobody will audit my expenses
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

Sweetie “ I really love the Iranian Osetra Cavier
” When we go and meet Mahmoud Ahmadinejad maybe he will send me back to the Whitehouse with some free samples.”
Heck I would give him anything he wants for more of this Cavier.
Even Israel
George Soros told me it was the best.
Love,
Barack Hussein Obama

16 posted on 10/22/2008 7:30:44 AM PDT by ncfool (Obama stands for The New United Socialist State or "TNUSSA")
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To: kc8ukw

I have no problem with my donations going to this. If you do, don’t donate. I want Palin to look great because that generates votes to win against the false prophet.


17 posted on 10/22/2008 7:31:28 AM PDT by jrooney (I am not voting for Spread the Wealth/Senator Government. I am voting for the War Hero and Baracuda.)
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To: Issaquahking

I’m only posting because I want to be the first to use the term “Neiman Marcusgate”.


18 posted on 10/22/2008 7:32:24 AM PDT by Artemis Webb (Barack Hussein Obama is a Socialist. GO SARAH !)
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To: All

$150,00 Only?

I’d say the GOP got their money’s worth in Palin - a candidate who has raised the bar in this nation higher than ever before in a political campaign season.

She models the clothing very well - I am suprised the designers haven’t been fighting to get her to wear their spring collection models.


19 posted on 10/22/2008 7:32:25 AM PDT by imintrouble
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To: Issaquahking

Whatever Obama is paying these media whores to run out the clock, its money well spent.

Deflecting attention from his “spread the wealth” gaffe and Biden’s war gaffe.


20 posted on 10/22/2008 7:33:08 AM PDT by Finalapproach29er (Democrats still want to get Pres. Bush and/or VP Cheney; there might be show trials in Feb09)
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To: Admin Moderator

Please delete this article this article. Duplicate


21 posted on 10/22/2008 7:33:44 AM PDT by Issaquahking (Maverick Barracuda voter! Drill baby drill!!)
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To: kc8ukw

Per Fox this AM, all the clothing will be auctioned off for charity after this is over.

Much ado about nothing.


22 posted on 10/22/2008 7:33:47 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Obama is not qualified for the FBI, but he is qualified for the Presidency????)
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To: Issaquahking

I’m shocked, shocked to learn that a woman has been buying clothes.


23 posted on 10/22/2008 7:34:09 AM PDT by SamuraiScot
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To: Issaquahking

One haircut for the Breck Girl.


24 posted on 10/22/2008 7:34:24 AM PDT by Mark was here (The earth is bipolar.)
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To: Issaquahking

BFD


25 posted on 10/22/2008 7:34:43 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Brother, can you spare a dime?)
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To: Issaquahking

That’s it? Some of the gowns first ladies wear to events cost this much alone, and she got a whole wardrobe. Sounds like she is a smart shopper.


26 posted on 10/22/2008 7:34:55 AM PDT by mnehring (We Are Joe!)
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To: Issaquahking

DNC should have fumigated Obama and plane.


27 posted on 10/22/2008 7:34:58 AM PDT by boomop1
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To: Issaquahking

And how much money did Palin RAISE for the GOP since she was announced? I’d say $150k is a good investment for the millions she raised!


28 posted on 10/22/2008 7:35:06 AM PDT by rom (Keep Senator Government from Spreading YOUR Wealth! McCain/Palin '08!)
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To: Issaquahking

..good, now shell out some money to help save Michele Bachmann in Minnesota’s 6th district—the left is trying to destroy her...


29 posted on 10/22/2008 7:37:20 AM PDT by WalterSkinner ( In Memory of My Father--WWII Vet and Patriot 1926-2007)
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To: Issaquahking
It is a complete non-issue for me, and I have donated on multiple occasions.
30 posted on 10/22/2008 7:37:31 AM PDT by Obadiah (Vote for Obama so he can spread your wealth!)
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To: Issaquahking

She isn’t personally rich. So what? Wonder who pays for the tablecloths, with funeral arragements at the neck, ‘chelle wears? Who pays for all the lobster, caviar, and champagne ‘chelle glugs down?


31 posted on 10/22/2008 7:37:33 AM PDT by dforest (Is there any good idea out there that Obama doesn't lay claim to anymore?)
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To: Issaquahking

Save the money and let her campaign in her pageant bikini!

HUBBA HUBBA HUBBA! ARRROOOOO!!! RUFF!

Just one goat’s opinion.


32 posted on 10/22/2008 7:38:13 AM PDT by Natchez Hawk (What's so funny about the 1st, 2nd, and 4th Amendments?)
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To: rjp2005

“Otherwise, there’s still no excuse for a man getting a $400 haircut.”

Or $520 shoes. That sum would supply me with shoes for years.


33 posted on 10/22/2008 7:39:09 AM PDT by gracesdad
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To: kc8ukw
For a lady who buys diapers from Walmart.

John Kerry, is that you?

34 posted on 10/22/2008 7:39:29 AM PDT by Michael.SF. ("They're not Americans. They're liberals! "-- Ann Coulter, May 15, 2008)
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To: Issaquahking

The Dems would prefer Palin and family were in sack cloth while Michelle eats caviar, lives in a home bought with Rezko money, made money off books ghost written by Ayers etc.


35 posted on 10/22/2008 7:39:41 AM PDT by Frantzie
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To: kc8ukw

Why sad to say. Money well spent. Never, ever, underestimate the value of image on the campaign trail. Marketing is 50% of the sale.


36 posted on 10/22/2008 7:39:56 AM PDT by mnehring (We Are Joe!)
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To: rjp2005

For democrats, they have to shop at the tent and awning stores to outfit their cows.

They are jealous because Sarah looks great.


37 posted on 10/22/2008 7:40:23 AM PDT by dforest (Is there any good idea out there that Obama doesn't lay claim to anymore?)
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To: kc8ukw

It’s a perfectly acceptable way to spend the money.

And what’s wrong with buying diapers at Walmart?


38 posted on 10/22/2008 7:40:55 AM PDT by ConservativeMind (Concerning Larry Sinclair: It is strange when you can be thankful for having a pervert on your side.)
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To: Issaquahking

Thanks, Politico.

Now, go win a Pulitzer for collecting the evidence that Barack Obama is a hard core Marxist.


39 posted on 10/22/2008 7:41:10 AM PDT by unspun (Pray and Work! http://www.presidentialprayerteam.org)
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To: Natchez Hawk

“Save the money and let her campaign in her pageant bikini!”

Not at her age and after 5 kids. No thanks.


40 posted on 10/22/2008 7:41:22 AM PDT by gracesdad
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To: Issaquahking

She don’t need no stinkin’ wardrobe !


41 posted on 10/22/2008 7:41:23 AM PDT by lionheart 247365 ((Socialism . . . a catalyst for apathy on the road to communism ))
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To: Artemis Webb
Another "gate" episode! I say if this is the best they can find, bring it on! I believe that America better get it straight at the poles on the 4th and get McCain/Palin into the white house.

Obama/Biden, hope and change? They can keep their change, I'm supporting the republican ticket all the way!
42 posted on 10/22/2008 7:43:26 AM PDT by Issaquahking (Maverick Barracuda voter! Drill baby drill!!)
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To: gracesdad

Well, for the kids sake I understand.

But, I gotta tell you, I think she’s holding up well.


43 posted on 10/22/2008 7:44:14 AM PDT by Natchez Hawk (What's so funny about the 1st, 2nd, and 4th Amendments?)
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To: ncfool

Sorry but this one’s proven to be a fake. The NY Post retracted it because the Obamas weren’t even at the Waldorf that day.


44 posted on 10/22/2008 7:44:23 AM PDT by gracesdad
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To: mouse1

Money well spent. Gov. Palin looks fantastic.


45 posted on 10/22/2008 7:44:33 AM PDT by mouse1 (Have you donated to Free Republic today??)
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To: Natchez Hawk

I agree she’s looking pretty good. Still, I’ve rarely if ever seen a woman that age who wasn’t airbrushed or photoshopped who should be wearing a bikini. Just as I shouldn’t be wearing a Speedo.


46 posted on 10/22/2008 7:47:58 AM PDT by gracesdad
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To: BureaucratusMaximus

John Edwards primping costs..

Just how much did it cost the ‘taxpayers’ to haul Hillary’s arse around for her New York senate campaign huh?


47 posted on 10/22/2008 7:48:35 AM PDT by Maumee (wtw)
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To: Issaquahking

RNC spends $150,000 dressing Palin.

MSM spends untold millions propping up empty suit.


48 posted on 10/22/2008 7:48:52 AM PDT by According2RecentPollsAirIsGood
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To: ncfool

Excellent find.


49 posted on 10/22/2008 7:58:52 AM PDT by walford (http://the-big-pic.org)
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To: kc8ukw

I am happy to have my donations to go dressing Sarah Palin. For heaven’s sake, this is spit in the wind. Elections cost money; you don’t think Obama is primped daily? All these guys have handlers, botox-folks, dressers, hair-dressers. I mean, the ones who want them. This cannot be out of the ordinary. They also have restaurant bills we pay for. And jet gas. And probably babysitters.

And?


50 posted on 10/22/2008 8:00:23 AM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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