It's not cheap to look like a real American

All told, more than $330,000 was spent during the campaign on Sarah Palin's appearance and clothing for her and her family.


Alex Koppelman
December 5, 2008 9:40PM (UTC)

In just a little over two months, John McCain's campaign and the Republican National Committee together spent a total of almost $340,000 on Sarah Palin's appearance, including clothes for her and her family.

The final total comes in the wake of disclosure reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday. First, there was the $150,000 on clothes for the Palin family that sparked the initial interest and controversy in this spending. On top of that, the disclosures show that, overall, Palin's makeup artist was paid $68,400, while her hair stylist got more than $42,000. Her fashion stylist recieved $54,900. In addition to that, as previously reported, there are new charges for clothing for the vice-presidential candidate and her family, which come out to about $23,000.

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Politico says those latest charges come from stores including "Dick’s Sporting Goods, The Limited, Foot Locker, Wal-Mart, Toys R Us and Victoria’s Secret" as well as major department stores and "Brooks Brothers, the Gap, Express and J.C. Penney." According to Politico, the disclosure filed by the RNC's joint expenditure committee with the McCain campaign also shows money spent at salons and spas, "including $350 at Escape Skin Care and Day Spa in New York."


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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