Republicans spent $150,000 on outfits for Palin
It would appear that campaign donations for John McCain were used to buy $150,000 worth of designer outfits for Sarah Palin, the 'small-town values' Alaskan Governor and champion of 'real America.' The shopping spree included Saks Fifth Avenue in New York. Republican donors are already expressing disgust with the news, particularly as the purchases were made during the past few months as the US has reeled from a financial crisis.
After the story broke the McCain campaign put out a statement that didn't deny the truth behind the expenditure, but blamed the media for focusing on Palin's clothing with "all of the important issues facing the country right now." Of course with the McCain campaign now basing the campaign on the "real small-town America" theme, many will argue Palin's extravagant expenditures at big-city fashion boutiques are a legitimate issue and undercuts their argument.
Financial records show that the Republican National Committee appears to have spent more than 150,000 dollars on clothes for vice presidential pick Sarah Palin, Politico reported.
The Republicans' main campaign and fundraising organ spent tens of thousands at high-end stores, such as Saks Fifth Avenue in St. Louis and New York (49,425 dollars) and Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis (75,062 dollars), the Politico website said.
The RNC also spent 4,716 dollars on hair and makeup through September, Politico said.
Those kinds of expenditures did not appear in the RNC's financial disclosure records before the Alaska governor was named to John McCain's ticket in August, it added.
Politico said it reviewed the RNC's September monthly financial disclosure report and found a new category, "campaign accessories," included in the report of "itemized coordinated expenditures."
The McCain-Palin campaign issued a statement shortly after the report appeared online.