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Extreme Makeover: Politician Edition? Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin balances on black boots while holding baby Trig at an Oct. 18 campaign stop in Lancaster, Pa.
Did the Republican National Committee splash out a staggering $150,000 since early September to get Sarah Palin all spiffed up for the campaign trail? And if she and John McCain don’t win the election, does Palin get to keep all those versatile and stylish career separates?
Update: The Huffington Post has some startling information about Palin’s alleged personal shopper (who’s also, strangely, said to be the source of McCain’s own robocall woes in 2000), and—surprise!—all roads lead to Karl Rove.
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.
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