“Behold the lillies of the field”: Does Sarah Palin’s $150,000 Dollar Spending Spree on Clothes Hurt McCain’s Campaign—and Her Christian Witness?

Does Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount apply to contemporary Christians, or not?

Here’s Politico today on Sarah Palin’s spending spree on the McCain-Palin campaign credit card:

The Republican National Committee has spent more than $150,000 to clothe and accessorize vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her family since her surprise pick by John McCain in late August.

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.

Politico asked the McCain campaign for comment, explicitly noting the $150,000 in expenses for department store shopping and makeup consultation that were incurred immediately after Palin’s announcement. Pre-September reports do not include similar costs.

Spokeswoman Maria Comella declined to answer specific questions about the expenditures, including whether it was necessary to spend that much and whether it amounted to one early investment in Palin or if shopping for the vice presidential nominee was ongoing.

How does this match with Sarah Palin’s Christian witness?

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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