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Politico: RNC Spent $150K on Palin Wardrobe

Forget $400 haircuts -- accessorizing the GOP vice presidential nominee requires serious cash. Politico reports that the Republican National Committee

Tyreece Bauer
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Oct 22, 2008

Forget $400 haircuts — accessorizing the GOP vice presidential nominee requires serious cash.

Politico reports that the Republican National Committee appears to have spent $150,000 for clothes, hair and makeup for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her family, following her pick as Sen. John McCain’s running mate.

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 records also show nearly $10,000 paid to Macy’s in Minneapolis, nearly $6,000 to Barney’s and Bloomingdale’s, and $295 for “a few purchases at Pacifier, a top notch baby store, and Steiniauf & Stroller Inc.” — even little Trig got in on the action.

On the bright side, even if McCain loses the election, the Palins will still look fabulous.

UPDATE: Politico’s Mike Allen reports the McCain campaign says it will donate the clothing to charity after the election.

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

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