Michael Crawford

GOP Spends $150,000 on Sarah Palin's Clothes

Filed By Michael Crawford | October 22, 2008 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: election 2008, GOP spending, Palin clothes, Republicans, RNC, Sarah Palin

In the midst of a financial crisis in which many Americans are losing their homes, struggling to put food on the table and clothe their kids, the Republican National Committee sent Sarah Palin on a $150,000 shopping spree.

Thumbnail image for Palin as Jackie O.jpgThe Republican National Committee appears to have 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.

Is she running for VP or America's Next Top Right-Wing Model?

After the jump, more Sarah Palin fashion...

Thumbnail image for Palin Red Leather Jacket.jpgFor the record:

  • Palin's fashion budget from the RNC is about what it would cost to provide health insurance to 15 Americans for a year.
  • Palin spent more money on clothes in one month than the average American household spends in 80 years.
  • Palin spent four times more on clothes in a month than the average plumber makes in a year.

Thumbnail image for Palin Black Suit.jpgYeah, Joe the Plumber, it looks like you've been duped.

That's okay though. Just because Sarah Palin believes that women should have to pay for their own rape exams, doesn't mean that she should have to pay for her own clothes.


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Wilson46201 | October 22, 2008 2:21 PM

If Sarah Palin's $150,000 wardrobe had a life of its own, it would get a tax cut from a President Obama.

While I think it's perfectly valid to point out the hypocrisy in the price of Palin's wardrobe and her branding as a "regular hockey mom"... I can imagine that some of Hillary Clinton's clothing cost a pretty penny as well. In fact, I'd wager that John McCain and Barak Obama's suits are plenty expensive. It may just be the nature of the beast that to be on the national stage requires high caliber clothing.


Michael Crawford Michael Crawford | October 22, 2008 9:19 PM

Jason,

I am willing to bet that Obama, Clinton and McCain all paid for their own clothing whereas Palin's new wardrobe was purchased by the RNC.

Let's not forget the incredible brouhaha that Republicans made over John Edwards getting a haircut that cost $400. They say one thing then do another.

To Michael and others trashing Sarah. Not to pick on her myself, but I'm thinking of a few factors:
1) Living in Alaska she probably did not have access to suitable clothing for a VP candidate.
2) As Gov. she may not make enough money to purchase these outfits’ if she needed them.
3) Check Google for criticism against Sarah for any reason. It's shocking.
4) Regarding the rape exams, that's a LIE. Check your source.
5) Lastly in this Pro-Abortion, Feminist society, people just don't understand or like a woman who can shoot it, field dress it and cook it for dinner.

1. There are clothing stores in Alaska. Nice ones. There are also roads, running water, and doctors up there!
2. She made $134,000. That's enough to buy clothes.
3. I am shocked by this! Actually, no, not really. Her party's entire economic philosophy is built on The Virtue of Selfishness, so not really shocking.
4. Really? Because the only one to say it was false was her and state general assembly records show that it's true.
5. There's no reason she couldn't do all of those things and still be pro-choice.

1. They have Nordstrom's, JCPenney, Sears, and 3 WalMarts in Anchorage. So, pshaw on the "can't get clothes there."
2. She makes well over $100K/year as governor.

Admittedly the cost of living is high in Alaska, but I'd have thought she could have purchased all the outfits needed, plus underthings, hosiery, and makeup for a whole lot less than $150K. She probably needed a T-girl to show her how to make her dollars stretch on the wardrobe (hint: mix and match, wear pantsuits more often). And, even if she's cleaning out the MAC counter, she doesn't need more than a couple hundred in makeup.

Don't get me wrong. I'm all for the RNC wasting as much money as possible on Palin, instead of running more ads supporting local GOP candidates.

I wonder how many hungry kids could get a warm meal with the money that they spent on her wardrobe.

There is a certain irony that the grand old party felt the need to gussy up their down home, folksy soccer mom candidate. *wink* At the very least it was $150,000 less spent on attack ads, robocalls, and the general spreading of misinformation.
And when it comes right down to silver thread and golden needles, not even haute couture can make an effective vice president. The money might better have been spent on a government tutor.

I wanna run for VP. I need a new wardrobe.

And have you all seen this? McCain was against campaign cash being spent on wardrobe before he was for it:

Mr. McCAIN. Madam President, the amendment before the Senate is a very simple one. It restricts the use of campaign funds for inherently personal purposes. The amendment would restrict individuals from using campaign funds for such things as home mortgage payments, clothing purchases, noncampaign automobile expenses, country club memberships, and vacations or other trips that are noncampaign in nature.

With $150,000, I could pay off my house and still have enough to get SRS. Grrrrrrr!

Payday Loan Advocate | October 29, 2008 5:21 AM

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