Palin Wasn't Only US Politician To Spend Campaign Cash on Clothing
Following on the controversy surrounding Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her campaign-financed wardrobe, additional candidates who have used campaign money for clothing have been identified by a watchdog group.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics said the campaigns of Democratic Reps. Loretta Sanchez of California and Rob Andrews of New Jersey, Republican candidates Bill Dew of Utah and William Breazeale of North Carolina and Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr each spent hundreds of dollars on clothing.
The group says that violates a ban on personal use of campaign money. Earlier, the group filed a complaint against the Republican National Committee for buying tens of thousands of dollars worth of clothing for Palin, the party's vice presidential nominee. The RNC and Palin have said they did nothing wrong and that all the apparel and accessories were being returned.
In comparison to Palin's $150,000 wardrobe budget these candidates' spending habits seem insignificant, with most under $1,000. In Rob Andrews' case, clothing was bought after his luggage was lost; when the airline reimbursed the amount spent on new clothing, the cheque was immediately signed back over to the campaign.
A Barr spokesman said the campaign did nothing wrong. "It was an appropriate expense associated with the campaign," said Russ Verney, Barr's campaign manager.
Spokespeople for Sanchez and Breazeale did not immediately respond to AP's requests for comment. Sanchez and Andrews won re-election last month. Barr, Breazeale and Dew lost their races.