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Politics: RNC Spends $150K For Sarah Palin Fashion

Posted on: October 24, 2008

Ever since the troubled economy became issue number 1 with Americans, the Republican party has changed their game plan to reach struggling, middle-class American families. The “Joe the plumbers” as Sen. McCain likes to call it. But with this new information hitting the net, does this mean the undecided voters have finally made up their mind?

The Republican National Committee has spent more than $150,000 to clothe and style vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her family since her surprise pick by John McCain in late August. According to financial disclosure records, the shopping 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. September payments were also made to Barney’s New York ($789.72) and Bloomingdale’s New York ($5,102.71).

The business of primping and dressing on the campaign trail has become fraught with political risk in recent years, as voters increasingly see an elite Washington out of touch with their values and lifestyles.

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

The big question is: does this possibly hurt the McCain-Palin ticket, confirming belief’s that he is indeed out of touch with middle-class America due to his opulent lifestyle? Many Americana’s are also arguing that no “Joe the plumber” can even afford to shop at Neiman Marcus (the average plumber makes $37,514 annually).

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