$150,000 Dollars in Clothes Purchases?: Your McCain-Palin Campaign Contributions Hard at Work—Dressing Sarah!

In a time of economic crisis, Christian Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin is spending on new clothes like it’s, eh, the Gilded Age (circa 1929).

Whatever happened to “behold the lillies of the fields” in the Sermon on the Mount?

Are Christians supposed to spend $150,000 dollars on clothing purchases?

Does that accord with one’s Christian witness?

And isn’t there supposed to be an economic crisis in full swing?

Or is that just for the poor and middle class?

Here’s Politico today on Sarah Palin’s spending spree on Sugar-Daddy John’s 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.

About Santi Tafarella

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