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. The entries also show a few purchases at Pacifier, a top notch baby store, and Steiniauf & Stroller Inc., suggesting $295 was spent to accommodate the littlest Palin to join the campaign trail.
TPJ: The McCain campaign claims that the clothing will be donated after the campaign. That's great but that's not the point. The point is that buying such expensive clothing from high-end department stores during a time when most Americans are buying less and buying cheaper items such as clothing looks out of touch. How many "Hockey Moms" do you know who shop at Saks Fifth Avenue? In addition, they should be shopping at Wal-Mart or Target if they really believe in the "Wal-Mart voter." On the other side Barack wears the same pair of shoes, belt and pants until they wear out or until Michelle forces him to buy news stuff.
The "Wal-Mart voter" (and I am one of them because unfortunately I have no other choice) is looking at this and saying that they can relate to small town America and yet they go on these celebrity-esque shopping sprees to fill up their mansions. This especially pisses me off at a time when most Americans are struggling to pay the bills let alone be able to go shopping at all. Remember when she was selected to be V.P. and said she didn't know what the V.P. does? Well she still doesn't understand what the V.P. does.
This is Bushian loyalty and cronyism politics all over again. Remember Brownie? The former head of an Arabian horse association who became head of FEMA during Hurricane Katrina? Yeah the, "You're doing a heck of a job Brownie?" Well Palin is Brownie times ten and in a much more powerful and important position. She would be one heart beat away from President of the United States of America and she doesn't know what the V.P. does??? That's terrifying. Imagine say going in for an accountant interview and saying you don't really know what an accountant does. Do you think you'd get the job? No way in hell.
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