First, what it bought her…
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 cash expenditures immediately raised questions among campaign finance experts about their legality under the Federal Election Commission’s long-standing advisory opinions on using campaign cash to purchase items for personal use.
And let’s put this in perspective…since Palin has really only been on the campaign trail for 7 weeks, this comes out to more than $21K per week on wardrobe and makeup.
Does that sound reasonable to ANYBODY for a VP candidate?
And then, from Ambinder, apparently Republican insiders are EXTREMELY upset with how much money was spent…
There is already an attempt to blame the media — as in, the liberal media would have looked askance at Palin if she wasn’t clad in Neiman Marcus, but this won’t wash. Republicans, RNC donors and at least one RNC staff member have e-mailed me tonight to share their utter (and not-for-attribution) disgust at the expenditures.
This sort of spending is without precedent — the closest approximation for any campaign I’ve ever covered is make-up expenses for television interviews and commercial shoots — , and Schmitt’s weakly defensive response tonight indicates that the campaign is deeply embarrassed by it and has nothing to say in their defense. Spokespeople have clammed up, a sure sign that they’re trying to figure out who authorized the expenses and who knew about them. Did Palin wear all of the clothing? Where is it kept?
I don’t blame them for being angry. Especially considering what it bought them, which was a whole bunch of barely there.
I can already hear the Caribou Barbie jokes beginning anew…
Many thanks to the Mr. U in the comments section who pointed me towards Palin wearing a decidedly Democratically themed scarf.
See, she really is bi-partisan!
So…perhaps a McCain campaign attempt at a joke?