Politico: RNC Spent $150k On Palin's Clothes

Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue? What an elitist!

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.

And the McCain camp response?

“The campaign does not comment on strategic decisions regarding how financial resources available to the campaign are spent."

Kinda blows John Edwards' $400 haircut out of the water, no? At least Cindy still has her beat.

Our good friend John Aravosis over at AmericaBlog did some research and found that the RNC spent more on clothes in two months for Palin than the average American household spends in 80 years. Out of touch much?

UPDATE: (Nicole) Marc Ambinder reports that Republicans and RNC donors have been emailing him with their disgust of this use of funds. Surely there's a tight down-ticket race or two that could have used that money to buy more ads, something those Republican candidates won't forget if they lose. And will this expenditure be considered taxable income for Palin?


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