GOP Foots $150K Bill for Palin Clothing, Makeup

RNC defends $150k clothes, makeup budget for Palins
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2008 9:08 AM CDT
Does Piper Palin, 7, know that the RNC plans to donate all her new campaign clothes to charity next month?   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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(Newser) – Sarah Palin apparently isn't kidding when she stresses the importance of lipstick to a hockey mom: the RNC spent $5000 on hair and makeup en route to racking up a $150,000 bill for clothing and accessories for Palin and her family since John McCain picked her as his runningmate. The $75,000 dropped at Neiman Marcus, among other spending sprees, have raised legal issues, but the RNC defends its expenditures, Politico reports.

A spokeswoman chided the media for their focus on sartorial spending, adding that "It was always the intent that the clothing go to a charitable purpose after the campaign." The charges from Saks, Barney's, and high-end baby stores in September are the first such expenditures to appear on the RNC's financial report. A review of similar records Obama campaign turned up no similar spending.