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October 22, 2008

palin11.jpgCheck Out Alaska Gov. and hockey mom Sarah Palin, who’s not only John McCain’s vice presidential pick, but a luxury fashion maverick.

The Republican National Committee has spent more than $150,000 since late August to outfit Palin and her family in the fanciest of duds from department stores like Saks and Neiman Marcus, says politico.com.

The financial disclosure records, included under the line item “itemized coordinated expenditures,” show RNC expenditures at Saks Fifth Avenue in St. Louis and New York of $49,425.74 in September. Based on Saks’  September comparable-store sales of $273.2 million,  Palin accounted for .018 percent of sales.

The RNC also spent $75,062.63 during one September trip to Neiman Marcus, says politico.com, which would represent .012 percent of Neiman’s September comparable-store sales of $406 million.

The RNC spent only $789.72 at Neiman-owned Barneys New York but dropped $5,102.71 at Bloomingdale’s, which is operated by Macy’s, said politico.com, a website that tracks political news.

Hefty primping expenditures on the campaign trail are nothing new. U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-NY, received guff for her expensive custom-made pantsuits, which cost upward of $6,350 each.

The RNC also spent $4,716.49 on Palin’s hair and makeup, and made $295  in purchases at high-end children’s stores Pacifier and Steiniauf & Stroller Inc., according to politico.com.

Tracey Schmitt, a spokeswoman for the McCain-Palin campaign, said there are plans to donate the expensive clothing to charity after the campaign.

“With all of the important issues facing the country right now, it’s remarkable that we’re spending time talking about pantsuits and blouses,” Schmitt said in a statement.

Sales at luxury department stores have suffered in recent weeks as the slowing economy and global financial crisis took a toll on even affluent shoppers, and the strengthening of the dollar deterred foreign tourists who had given high-end stores a boost in previous quarters.

Also in the basket:

McDonald’s profit tops view; shares rise (Reuters)

PepsiAmericas Q3 profit tops Wall Street view (Reuters)

Philip Morris, Reynolds profits beat Wall St view (Reuters)

Layaway plans make a comeback in credit crunch (WSJ)

(Photo/Reuters)

Comments

You would think that unbiased journalism would bring in some numbers about the others in the race, but no.

Posted by dwmt | Report as abusive
 

Whatever kind of gal she is, she ain’t a cheap one.

Posted by Rodger Lemonde | Report as abusive
 

You have to be kidding. We are spending ink on her clothing? what about how much money the MEN are spending on clothing? It is gender bashing to “report” about Hilary and Sarah and their clothing allowances for campaigning. And I am a democrat -not defending Palin, however, the amount of attacks about superfluous “news” is appalling.

Posted by Cheri Howell | Report as abusive
 

Worthy note: Politico also reported that its review of similar records for the campaign of Democrat Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee turned up no similar spending.

First she bills Alaska for per diems while she was staying AT HOME, and now this. Yeah, she’s difrfernt all right. Going to cut wasteful spending. Can we all spell HYPOCRITE! Just more of the same.

Posted by David | Report as abusive
 

This is a nice and balanced article… Yeah I am being sarcastic. It is useless in the sense it tells us nothing about if this is unusual for a candidate. Where are the comparisons to how much Obama has spent on his fancy looking suits? I’m suspecting Obama doesn’t get his suits at k-mart. Here is a good idea, if you are going to try and make a person look extravagant how about research and print a comparison for what the other candidates are buying as well to outfit the image they are trying to sell.

Posted by WhatThe | Report as abusive
 

Small-town, American values? The small American towns that come to mind are Bal Harbour and La Jolla.

Posted by Sylvia A | Report as abusive
 

FEC records show the GOP spent $150,000 in stores like Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue to dress up Sarah and her family. A decent designer outfit will cost about $1000. How could they have spent $150,000? Turns out they bought obscene luxury items like a Louis Vitton hand bag for their little girl. These handbags can cost something like $10,000. Associated Press has a photo of Piper Palin carrying this Louis Vitton handbag. I gave $150 to the McCain campaign. I make $42,000 a year and have 2 dependents. I have to scrimp on groceries and reduce weekend trips to make ends meet. I just called the McCain campaign to get my money back. I got a very rude response. On Nov 4th, I am staying home.

Posted by Winifeld L | Report as abusive
 

It looks they did not have any cloths before their mother has been chosen by McCain???!!!

Posted by ina | Report as abusive
 

Maverick’s gotta dress the part!

Posted by April | Report as abusive
 

PALIN WAS PICK BY McCAIN, age 72. YESTERDAY 10/21/08,PALIN COULD NOT TELL CORRECTLY THE DUTIES OF A VICE PRESIDENT TO A THIRD GRADE CLASS AS WAS BROCAST ON TV. THEN PALIN SPEAKS OUT WRONGLY OF SOME AMERICANS. HERE ,THE GOPs PAY A LOT FOR HER CLOTHES, MAKE UP, AND HER CHILDREN CLOTHES. NOW THIS TICKET’S MOTTO IS ” COUNTRY FIRST” YET McCAIN & PALIN GIVE SMOKE SCREEN STATEMENTS AN PALIN HAS NOT HAD A PRESS CONFERANCE. NOW WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WHOULD WANT PALIN AS PRESIDENT IF McCAIN WON AND DID NOT FINISH HIS TERM? McCAIN WANTS TO BE PRESIDENT TO BE PRESIDENT FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS, NOT FOR COUNTRY FIRST. PLEASE VOTE WITH A HONEST AND OPEN MIND.

 

A lot of us hockey moms (married to Joe Six-Packs)buy clothes at Penneys and get hair cuts at Cost Cutters. It seems awfully wasteful to spend $150,000 dollars for Sarah Palin’s appearance during a three month campaign. But, ya’ know, that’s kind of in keeping with Republican spending these past eight years, come to think of it. I’m sure those charitable organizations will be so glad to get a single $6000 dollar suit as opposed to $6000 dollars in food items, or childcare necessities.

Posted by Trish | Report as abusive
 

Republicans just doesn’t get it. The Republicans staged Palin shopping at Walmart to try to make her look like a Main St mom. Yet, behind the scene the true Republican values are enacted. Hypocrites! Kinda reminds me of Bush – he tells the public one thing about Iraq but behind the scene something else is going on.

Main St is tried of the Republicans’ hypocrisy. It is becoming more and more obvious the Republican party represents Wall St values and the Democrat party represents Walmart values. Besides, my beautiful wife looks just as good, if not better, in her Walmart outfit as Palin does in her high priced Wall St outfit.

For the first time, I voted straight Democrat (Fla early voting) because the Republican’s value system is out of touch with Main St values. They think they can disguise their intentions with “Joe the Plumber” stunts, lip stick on the pig distractions, staging economic rescue crisis for publicity, etc, but no costume will change the corrupt value system that is beneath the Republicans’ skin. Main St gets it, even if the Republicans don’t. Bush tactics taught us well.

Posted by steve | Report as abusive
 

Any swim suite shots? We need a full list of all items bought from public donations. Looks like whole Paylin family is on dole but at least after November 4 these freeloaders will only punish Alaskans who put her in governer’s office!!

Posted by trillian | Report as abusive
 

What? $150 grand. Doesn’t sound like enough. To properly dress a person who couldn’t possibly have the wardrobe for national (even worldwide) appearances is certainly justifiable. She’s being compared to some ‘Wardrobe Malfunction’ which is certainly just wrong! Sarah is a decent, respectable person and deserves the respect she gives others. She is a fresh face to get to Washington and tell us waht is really going on. Say, what did slick Edwards pay in total for those $400 ‘DO’s to impress his hooch -e- cooch?

Posted by Sam Graham | Report as abusive
 

I bet she’ll be really bummed if she doesn’t get to keep all her clothes and cute shoes she got… now that her spokesperson had to issue a statement about “donating to a charity.” (I’d like to know what charity is receiving all these nice clothes, to outfit the homeless?!) Cindy McCain must have taken her shopping.

Posted by Aya Banana | Report as abusive
 

Hockey MOM? Sure elitist “ROCK STAR” hockey mom. Paris Hilton is jealous. Mrs. Joe the Plumber I am sure can relate, and Joe da Plumber could have paid his delinquent taxes, become a real plumber and bought the business for what Palin has spent on clothes. Palin is a fraud, but then so is McCain.

Posted by john | Report as abusive
 

The 150k spent for the Palin family’s clothing & Sarah’s make-up and hair would pay for: 150 of those rape kits she used force the victims buy if they wanted to proceed with prosecution; save 1500 wolves and bears that may be shot from the air for the $150 bounty paid for their left front forelegs – in order to save the ungulates for trophy hunters (that was her personal agenda); 136 years of children’s’ lives through the WHO Save the
Children Foundation; or save 2000 pit bulls from euthanasia.

I’d hate to think my donation for the campaign went to buy her family clothes.

Auction the clothes on eBay & donate the money to the Sierra Club!

Posted by Marianadja | Report as abusive
 

How much did Hillary spend in her campaign on clothes for herself and her family during her entire campaign? It was probably less than Sarah spent in that one day at NeNeiman Marcus.

Posted by Becca | Report as abusive
 

The taypayers of Alaska should impeach her.

Posted by Jay Cunningham | Report as abusive
 

Aw, shucks! Why are you making a big deal out of a mere $150,000 spent on clothes? Isn’t that about the same as what all of the other wives of the common folk spend (like the wife of Joe the plumber, for instance)?

Posted by Terrance H. | Report as abusive
 

Michael Moore was right on to point out that Palin and her husband claimed 1/4 of a million dollars in income last year. She can afford to buy her own wardrobe. I guess if you’re going to represent the wealthiest 1%, you have to look like you clear a few mil a year.

Posted by johnnycaffeine | Report as abusive
 

I’m 30 years in the rag trade, retail wholesale, design, production, import export.
Believe me, there are clothes that cost $150,000, but there are no clothes that are worth $150,000.

Anything that costs the prices Palin has been paying for clothes should come with the word ‘SUCKER’ embroidered on the back.

Posted by Paul | Report as abusive
 

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