Sarah Palin's (possibly illegal) expenses for clothing, make-up, & accessories work out to about $1,500/day for the roughly hundred day duration of the campaign. Given the number of days she spent hiding from the media, for that she could buy a new Nieman Marcus Armani outfit for each day in front of the cameras and throw it away each night. And these figures are just from the September filings, I think. We are now three weeks into October.
Is this the Republican War on Washing Machines? Is dry cleaning too big a security risk? Can Palin & family possibly wear $150K worth of clothes and makeup before election day? And what fabulous election coverage can we expect from the fashion press, which has almost certainly been keeping track of what she's been wearing?
In Real America, something a normal person spends $150K on is called a house.
Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic remarks:
Maybe this is actually her one-woman economic stimulus plan. Lord knows the retail sector needs it.
Well, I guess because she had all those skeletons in her closet, her family didn't have room for any actual clothes, so it took $150K to clothe them. Otherwise she would have been the Naked Candidate. So the RNC had to spend all that money.
UPDATE: The Atlantic reports that Palins personal shopper is one Jeff Larson, Robocaller:
Does the name Jeff Larson sound familiar? It should. Larson is the Karl Rove protégé who’s a principal in the robocalling firm of FLS Connect (the “FLS” stands for Tony Feather, Jeff Larson, and Tom Syndhorst, all veteran Republican political operatives). Larson’s firm is the same one that launched the scurrilous robocalls against John McCain in 2000, and that McCain has now hired to make robocalls connecting Barack Obama to Bill Ayers. He’s also well known in Minnesota for leasing his basement apartment at a steeply discounted rate to embattled Republican Senator Norm Coleman. Evidently, Larson also has quite the eye for women’s fashion.And ABC reports that the Palin shopping spree was legal, but only just barely because of a loophole in a campaign finance law spearheaded by McCain.
Plus a photo of Obama on the campaign trail by Callie Shell via Talking Points Memo.