Palin makeup artist McCain camp's highest paid

In the first half of October, the campaign paid a makeup artist who travels with Sarah Palin $22,800, more than any other single person on the payroll.

Published October 24, 2008 7:35PM (EDT)

The New York Times' Michael Luo did some digging into the latest campaign finance reports, and came up with a rather surprising bit of information. It seems that the McCain campaign paid Sarah Palin's makeup artist $22,800 for the first two weeks of October, making her the individual who received the most from the campaign over that period.

Amy Strozzi, who scored an Emmy nomination for her makeup work on "So You Think You Can Dance?" was paid more than high-profile people in the McCain camp like Randy Scheunemann, the Republican nominee's chief foreign policy advisor, and Nicolle Wallace, a senior communications staffer. Coming in at fourth on the list, Luo says, was Palin's hairstylist, Angela Lew.

This, needless to say, is not the kind of thing that tends to make big donors happy. Even if they believe the expenditure was necessary, the disclosure of it, and the ham-handed way the campaign tried to hide it, are embarrassing.

Over at Broadsheet, several other Salon staffers are discussing the coverage of the money that has been spent on Palin's clothing, makeup and hair, and whether and how Palin's gender plays into that. The post, which is worth reading, is here.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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