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Is it okay for Sarah Palin to use campaign donations to buy clothes?

The Republican National Committee has 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.

Don't take my word for it:

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1008/14805.html

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/sleuth/2008/10/httpwwwpoliticocomnewsstories1.html



 
MokaMommy

Asked by MokaMommy at 3:51 PM on Oct. 22, 2008 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I don't think it's wrong, but it does seem 1) disrespectful for her to represent herself as "just another hockey mom when most hockey moms couldn't begin to afford even one of her outfits and 2) disrespectful to the voters who donated that money. I'm sure they expected it to go to almost anything other than a shopping spree.
    DEpley

    Answer by DEpley at 5:37 PM on Oct. 22, 2008

  • They approved it, so must be ok, just as ok as her using money from the Alaskan government to pay for her kids to go on trips and pay for them to stay in $700 a night hotel rooms. I don't think it is right.
    MAXnBRYCESmom

    Answer by MAXnBRYCESmom at 3:56 PM on Oct. 22, 2008

  • That's pretty crappy. I heard one of her dresses cost a ton of money. I can't remember which one though. I really like Sarah because she's real. I would rather her come out in sweats than a pretty dress.
    Kenzies_momma

    Answer by Kenzies_momma at 3:57 PM on Oct. 22, 2008

  • Well, I'm sure glad that I didn't give them any money for her to spend on designer clothes.
    riotgrrl

    Answer by riotgrrl at 4:00 PM on Oct. 22, 2008

  • i'm sure both campaign commmittees have dealt with issues of clothing their candidates. you can't send 'em out in their regular duds if you want to win friends and influence people....not when there's cameras everywhere.
    thehairnazi

    Answer by thehairnazi at 4:05 PM on Oct. 22, 2008

  • Isn't there something better to debate than this again?

    Who's paying designer Isabel Toledo to dress Michelle Obama? Who's paying for the oufits she's been wearing to various campaign events from Calvin Klein and Chanel?

    For that matter--who the hell is buying those guys' suits???
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:06 PM on Oct. 22, 2008

  • it's VP candidate Barbie!
    figaro8895

    Answer by figaro8895 at 4:10 PM on Oct. 22, 2008

  • this is a non-issue for me but i do find it pretty alarming that she went back and changed some of the documentation for her trips.
    heatherama

    Answer by heatherama at 4:11 PM on Oct. 22, 2008

  • Obama's campaign has paid almost half a million dollars on food! http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/expend.php?cid=N00009638&cycle=2008 Each campaign pays for what they feel is necessary. As most people probably know there really aren't any designer clothing stores in Alaska. I am sure that the RNC just felt that Palin should look more like a VP, makes sense to me. I hope they used some of my donations to buy her a nice pair of shoes. :) Lol, maybe the $500 we donated could buy a shoe for her.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:15 PM on Oct. 22, 2008

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

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1008/14805.html
    heatherama

    Answer by heatherama at 4:18 PM on Oct. 22, 2008

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