iconRNC appears to have shelled out $150K for Palin fashion

The 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.

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

Not so much really, when you figure Cindy McCain spends that on one outfit. But while looking for this story, I ran across this gem:

Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s style is exceptionally ordinary. Nothing about it connotes authority. No detail announces that she is in charge. And that’s what makes it so powerful.


Palin’s clothes are common. Everyone knows someone who dresses like her, which is partly why so many folks seem to think that they know her.

Ouch. Maybe they should have stayed with bargain stores for country come to town.

Update: And the hits keep coming. TPM reports the AP has learned the welfare queen charged her children’s travel expenses to the state of Alaska.

Update 2: Via Paula. It’s little Piper Palin and her $790 designer handbag.



17 Responses to That’s a lot of lipstick

  1. innerredneckexposed says:

    ruh roh.

    really could these people be bigger f*cking idiots?

    No is the answer btw.


    Once again, go bespoke. Fits perfectly never needs replacing.

  2. MelGX says:

    I have it on good authority that our own JT wears bespoke shirts. Or would that be bespoken shirts?

  3. indie_rock_elitist says:

    IRE would like to point out he misprizes commercial music.


    And as he says: the IRE is one classy SOB.

  4. Jen B. says:

    IRE listens to Kanye West / Estelle..

  5. jac1975 says:

    I know this will strip me of gay points, but I just had to look up “bespoke”. I find it hilarious that IRE knew what it was… you go, girl!

  6. Jules says:

    IRE: Bespoke assumes you had the time for such things.. clearly they didn ‘t and had to run willy nilly through the high end malls on Sept 10th since apparently the woman only had a few hideous shmata’s and other assorted dreck in her closet.

    Oh, and very little bespoke happens in America any more.. Hong Kong baybee maybe not much here.

  7. innerredneckexposed says:

    If you are going to spend $150K on clothes at least get something bespoke.

    Good lord.

  8. Jules says:

    Well I wasn’t going to weigh in, since I took such a ration of shit over the “Devil wears Payless” post.. but here goes..

    1. The RNC is getting sloppy-def had the b team on this one. Usually they would funnel this kind of expense though a donor or other entity.. dumbasses

    2. Don’t send a political operative to do personal shopping-oy.. Hello they have the Log cabin Boys -no?

    3. What do I care if the RNC wants to blow 150K on Made in china tops and skirts with a 90% mark up.. hey that’s 150 they aint spending on field, mail, robo calls, operatives in the field..

    4. Saks and Neimans are the two stupidest places to shop, shows no creativity and imagination..kind of like the RNC

    5. They would have had a plan for this had they ACTUALLY vetted her.. which we now know didn’t happen.

    Oh and lastly… what the hell was she wearing to all those conferences she was going to as Gov? I mean really – 150K assumes the nitwit had ZERO to begin with.. not a decent black skirt, not a pair of shoes, a handbag? NOTHING? My Gawd I’ve worked with folks far less high profile than her and managed with less than $200.00 to outfit them for an entire campaign season!

    Oh and one other thing, this bs about it going to charity.. they really must think they are going to lose, since WTF was she going to be wearing as VP? That nasty track suit she wore on the video message to the Alaska Independent Party?

    Oy my head.. it might explode now..

  9. innerredneckexposed says:

    Ambinder says it may also be illegal.

    to lazy 2 ctrl c ctrl v

  10. arachne says:

    Heavy spending to look quite so. . . cheap.

  11. JerryT says:

    That is hilarious Jen!

    Their vetting team is worse than useless.

  12. odinseye2k says:

    More like John Edwards meets Jim Inholfe.

    Despite the current failure of her national image, I see her coming up on the national scene again someday. Maybe as a winger Alaska Congresswoman or Senator, but I feel she’ll be back.

    And make our lives just a little worse in the same way that Pombo, Inholfe, Brownback, and any other religioso hack that couldn’t find a science book if it was used to paddle their backside.

    This is a bad comparison, but you have to remember that even Saddam or Putin had/have their fervent supporters.

  13. allison says:

    man, talk about being the token female.

  14. BEZERKO says:

    What, no word from the DFI?

  15. PaulaG says:

    Maybe we should stop with “Caribou Barbie” and start using “Corruption Barbie.”

    Also McCain has quite a makeup budget himself: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/24/mccains-5000-makeup-will_n_128973.html

  16. Zaid says:

    A sort of John Edwards meets Jack Abramoff?