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CHOOCHOO CHOOCHOO 7 years
I do love her fierce shoes. I have a pair of fierce shoes...but I won them. I'd never spend that kind of money on footwear when I have gas to buy.
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
I guess if they wanted to avoid controversy, Cindy could have just taken her on a shopping spree. What's $150,000 to her? And no one would have thought anything of it if the clothes had been a gift from the McCain family to Palin. I still don't necessarily think the McCain campaign was wrong in buying her clothes. It is important for ao woman in the public eye to look nice. They did what they thought was necessary. And come on, we all know we love her fierce shoes.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 7 years
To be fair to all the people who swear that all Obama supports do is bash Palin/McCain etc. A lot of Michelle Obama's clothes have been from places you can get in the Mall etc Target, White House Black Market, but during the Democratic National Convention she did wear a Takoon ( spelling is wrong) and a couple other designer dresses with some pretty expensive brooches. But for the most part from what I have seen from here many women could actually go pick up the looks she has had.
Ginger Ginger 7 years
CBS News chief political consultant Marc Ambinder reports, “Republicans, RNC donors and at least one RNC staff member have e-mailed me tonight to share their utter (and not-for-attribution) disgust at the expenditures.” Kind of flip to call the GOP donors whiners who have nothing else to do. There are countless reports coming in of donors who do not approve. Or I guess it's more appropriate to now call them former donors.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
I dont really care, Its legal, and its really just redirecting the important issues onto something as trivial as this. Really, who cares, except for the whiners who have nothing else to do
CHOOCHOO CHOOCHOO 7 years
I'm personally more offended that my taxpayer money goes to acorn.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
Citizen's arrest!! :rotfl: I love California!
janneth janneth 7 years
With friends like Rove, Mac doesn't need enemies.
janneth janneth 7 years
The Rove article supports my contention that he hates McCain. Here he is supposedly defending Mac from Kerry's joke, but what does he do? He repeats the entire joke for the appreciative audience, making a laughingstock of Mac, and accentuating his age.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I have donated to the RNC and I certainly don't mind my money going to clothes. I don't think any reasonable person can deny the importance of image in politics. While I can appreciate the quotes on legality, I can assure you that this is legal. I see where the questions came from, but as noted, this is a campaign/political expense because Palin would not have needed these clothes otherwise.
janneth janneth 7 years
It is generally sexist to comment on women's clothing EXCEPT Palin has formed her identity around small town values, Joe sixpack/plumber/hockey mom, and here she is wearing this expensive clothing. So she's fair game.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 7 years
I mean -- why not just keep the clothes if you did nothing wrong.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 7 years
And they're still giving it away -- so to me that's a omission of guilt.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 7 years
I would if I was a donor -- how does her clothes help her win a campaign??? And again -- if it's YOUR money -- I don't care what you do with it.
CHOOCHOO CHOOCHOO 7 years
Did I read somewhere that she basically wore jeans to the office? So, yes, unless she's going to be slammed for campaigning too casually, I don't mind the RNC spending money on her duds.
Ginger Ginger 7 years
Obama reportedly wears Hart Schaffner Marx suits. A US company who still does some of their manufacturing in the US. Suits run mostly in the $600-700 range. Regarding the legality of Palin's shopping spree: Lawrence M. Noble, former general counsel at the Federal Election Commission, noted that as a coordinated party expense, the clothing purchase could be considered a contribution to the campaign. "And if it was a contribution, then it could not have been used for buying clothing," Noble said. "I don't know how the FEC would come out on that question." "If it is covered (as a personal use expense), the argument that we were going to give it to a charity doesn't help," he added. Fifteen years ago, McCain himself complained that restrictions on political contributions for personal use at that time were too broad and he wrote an amendment to tighten the law. "The use of campaign funds for items which most Americans would consider to be strictly personal reasons, in my view, erodes public confidence and erodes it significantly," he said on the Senate floor in May 1993.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 7 years
I'm with you kast. I'll crucify her for many other issues. Clothes isn't one of them. If I was a politician I would look fierce! I can't begrudge her or her campaign wanting her to look good when she's in front of millions of people. As long as I didn't have to pay for it I don't care. If RNC contributers want to complain, then I suppose that's their business. Dream: Everyone is welcome to read and comment on blogs at liberal. If someone has told you otherwise please let me know.
hope2be hope2be 7 years
I just find it annoying that they're reporting about RNC spending so-and-so on Palin's clothing and make-up or whatever. It is expensive but I'm pretty sure that they spend lots of money for ALL candidates whether it's business suits, shoes, hotel accommodation, bus, planes, etc etc. I just don't get it.
zeze zeze 7 years
I don't think it is a big deal, but I do think it's a funny BS moment (all politicians BS, but stupid ones get caught more often then clever ones). The funny thing here is the contrast between I'm like your next door neighbor Sarah and $700 shoes sarah - and this is more against people who support her because she is "just like them" then at her, this is a campagin, no duh she will spend thousands on her clothes (maybe 150K is a bit much even for that) so it is not really a surprise, what it is, is a slap in the face to the people supporting her on the basis of her being a "small town real American mom, just like them." The Obama 10 yr old pants quote is from when he was fighting being called an elitist, so I dunno how much water that bridge holds, but to be fair, I like to look at what they wear, A LOT, and Palin and Cindy especially always wear nice top-designer stuff (which again is not a biggie, Cindy has the cash, and Palin can use RNC funds since her look does count in getting votes) - Michelle on the other hand usually wears local designers, somewhat expensive, but not Oscar De la Renta expensive, but not Gap either.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
And this wasn't an authorized campaign committee, it was the RNC. The rules are different for party committees.
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
Exactly, lil!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
The need for this clothing wouldn't have existed irrespective of the campaign, though.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 7 years
There are also some pretty good news sources CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, NBC, CBS - all on youtube.com -- CNN mentioned the "no intention" in one of their clips.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 7 years
From politico: Campaign finance laws prohibit candidates from spending donor cash to their authorized personal campaign committee on costs “that would exist irrespective of the candidate’s election campaign,” including clothing, vacations and gym memberships. No intention: “She might be able to offset some of the taxes by donating the items to charity after the campaign, Baran said, “although she will only be able to deduct the fair market value at that time.” The campaign said Monday that Palin intends to donate the clothes to charity after the election. h t t p : / / www.politico.com/news/stories/1008/14840.html
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
And this money didn't come out of the taxpayer fund. It is from the RNC, which doesn't receive taxpayer money.
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