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The Empress has A LOT of Clothes! UPDATED

Girls Just Wanna Have FUN! To the Tune of $150,000!


Out of Politico tonight comes a report that sheds light on why Sarah Palin agreed to be the Republican VP nominee.  SHOPPING SPREE!

(bold emphasis is ALL MINE, fellow moosekateers!)

The Republican National Committee appears to have spent more than $150,000 to clothe and accessorize vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her family since her surprise pick by John McCain in late August.

Apparently Sarah Palin favors all of those small town department stores like Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barney’s New York and Bloomingdale’s New York.

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.

I’ve been to the Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis.  Do you think Michele Bachmann joined her for a girls’ shopping day?

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.

And let’s not forget HAIR and MAKEUP!

The RNC also spent $4,716.49 on hair and makeup through September after reporting no such costs in August.

WashPo is out with some more numbers TODAY!

McCain’s September payments of $8,672.55 to “American Idol” make-up artist Tifanie White, who has also worked on the reality dance show “So You Think You Can Dance,” are a drop in the bucket on the campaign’s beautification front compared to the GOP vice presidential nominee.

The Sleuth has learned that Palin’s high-paid traveling make-up artist is Amy Strozzi, who was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work as head of makeup on “So You Think You Can Dance.” Strozzi was paid $13,200 by the McCain-Palin campaign last month alone, according to the campaign’s latest financial disclosure report filed this week.

But it is not just Sarah having all the fun.  What kind of mother and wife would she be if she didn’t share it with her family?

The entries also show a few purchases at Pacifier, a top notch baby store, and Steiniauf & Stroller Inc., suggesting $295 was spent to accommodate the littlest Palin to join the campaign trail.

An additional $4,902.45 was spent at Atelier, a high-class shopping destination for men.

Hey, wait just a second here!  Isn’t this wasteful spending?  Maybe even similar to porky government stuff?  Nah, she doesn’t do that.  When she was a small town mayor of Wasilla, Alaska with real responsibilities, she cut spending…so that she could redecorate her office for $50,000!

I’m starting to think that her definition of public service means SHOP, BABY, SHOP on the public’s nickel and dime.

Just in case you are wondering what new meaning “elite” has taken on…

A review of similar records for the campaign of Democrat Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee turned up no similar spending.


You can check out a slideshow of her fashion, including a shot of her carrying a tote bag with a MOOSE on the Politico link above.

HuffPo has some great analogies to help us understand what this amount of coin is worth:

Palin, in the end, had received the equivalent of $2,500 in clothes per day.

Palin’s fashion budget for several weeks was more than four times the median salary of an American plumber ($37,514). To put it another way: Palin received more valuable clothes in one month than the average American household spends on clothes in 80 years. A Democrat put it in even blunter terms: her clothes were the cost of health care for 15 or so people.


  1. ragekage

    That’s a $2500 Valentino jacket. Most of the jackets Palin’s been wearing look like they’re in about that range. The red one with the large black buttons that she likes and both of her black skirt suits that I can think of (she was wearing a really cute one today, don’t know the designer) were probably about that price and she probably got a few copies of the same thing, because she’s been wearing the heck out of them on the trail and I doubt they have time to stop for drycleaning. It adds up.

    I also noticed the Freeper’s have been having an awesome time trying to defend this.

    god you people are getting really desperate.

    let me guess, right? she should have made her entrance on the national political seen wearing a outfit from JC Penny?? because all those nice elitists wouldnt have made fun of her or called her hick rube etc because of how she was dressed. i’m sure.

    the day after she gave her nomination speech she raised over a million for McCain (one of the fastest fundraising amounts ever to) i think she was entitled to a girls day out and some shopping.

    of course, i’m sure to obama and his ilk shopping is just the worse thing you can do. luckily when he is president we will be allowed to wait in line for food bread toiletpaper etc.

    what a glorious paradise that will be.

    And this gem:

    when a democrat party canidate goes out and calls wealthy people evil and decrys capitolism but still spends money like anyone else who makes us much money as they make it just rings a little bit hollow. all they are doing is trying to create class warfare and convince welfare queens that they are poor because of evil nasty rich people and not there own failings.

    has palin ever claimed spending money was bad?? has she ever told people to live poor?? no. just the opposite. but you already new that.

    people donated that money to HER. they want her to win. and part of winning is looking good. but its only okay if the messiah does it i guess.

    Lovely. But, hey, thank God they took public financing, right? And now, to compare…

  2. spacemanspiff

    .. W/B.

    A flash from the past :


    On Wednesday, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama took a turn as co-host of TV talkfest “The View.” When the show’s audience saw her breezy, black-and-white, high-waisted print dress designed by Ricco, they had to have it. Virtually overnight, the dress all but sold out at the White House/Black Market boutiques that sell it for an affordable $148.

    Palin may talk the talk.

    But the Obama’s walk the walk.

  3. alyssa chaos

    whenever I hear these kinds of stories I always think about what I could buy with that massive amount of coin.

    Im pretty sure 150,000 could pay off my tuition for the next like 3 or 4 yrs.

    [or I could just buy a house.]

  4. mme truffle

    since hearing about Obama’s haul last month.  So You would think they would consider spending $150,000 on an ad-buy or something else a bit more practical.  

    It’s regrettable but I think they are investing in what they consider to be Palin’s only asset to this campaign: her appearance.  We need to throw this back in their face whenever they call Democrats sexist for pointing out her lack of experience.  There’s nothing more sexist than turning your presidential candidate into your campaigns personal barbie doll.

    On the bright side after they lose the election the RNC should be able to auction off some of her garments to Rich Lowery (or some other depraved, pervy Palin fan) for a tidy sum.

  5. GrassrootsOrganizer

    I said it before, put 80 pounds on her and grey hair — then tell me she’d be drawing the crowds she is.  The cloths are just part of the draw — people are coming to those rallies to SEE Sarah Palin, LITERALLY.  

    They want to ooo and ah over the shoes — I’m sure if you stood in the line long enough you’d hear more than one “voter” hoping aloud she has her hair up or down that day.  This is small town schlep made good and the designer cloths are central to the fairy tale.  She’s showing all the big city uppity elitist women, isn’t she?  I bet every beauty shop in Alaska and Oklahoma has a discussion going on about how she looks better in them designer outfits then all those big city women.  

  6. The clock strikes midnight and she goes home to AK sans fashion clothes…perhaps they’ll have to send her back on the straight talk express… one long bus trip to the great dark winter.

    Incidentally: $150K would pay off my house, new windows, siding, insulation, waterproofed basement and perhaps get me a new car as well.

  7. Cut n paste from Big Orange:

    And in a stunning coincidence, $75,000 of the clothes for Palin were purchased by Larson at the very same Neiman Marcus where Republican donor Nasser Kazeminy allegedly bought suits for…Norm Coleman. I foresee an ad for that store: “The choice for Republican operatives seeking to outfit up-and-coming politicians who can’t dress themselves…”

    The RNC did do one thing right, though. Instead of going to a professional stylist, they went to Palin’s target audience. After all, who could know better than a middle-aged Republican man what would send little starbursts through the TV screen at Rich Lowry and his ilk?

    Larson, of the robocalling firm.  Tan-freaking-fasic.

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