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Palin's Closet Supporters at CNBC?

Sarah Palin, left, is interviewed by Maria Bartiromo, wearing duds purchased for her by CNBC. (From

Will we ever stop talking about Sarah Palin's clothes? The latest news on her wardrobe comes from Palin herself.

Ethics disclosure forms recently obtained under the Freedom of Information Act contained this oddity: $300 in clothes and footwear from ... CNBC.

Turns out that the network's Maria Bartiromo sat down with the Alaska governor in August, just days before she became John McCain's running mate. The interview about oil, energy and drilling was conducted in Palin's Anchorage office, where she wore her own suit and high heels, according to CNBC sources. The producers asked to continue the interview in the oil fields; since Palin didn't have outdoor gear at the office, a CNBC assistant raced out to buy a jacket and hiking shoes for the location shoot.

The network didn't give it another thought, but Palin dutifully reported it as a gift on her disclosure form.

Another perk revealed: A pair of $1,000 custom-made Rocky Carroll cowboy boots presented to all the Republican governors at their meeting last spring. Move on, people -- no scandal here.

By The Reliable Source  |  November 26, 2008; 1:04 AM ET
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Baritiromo's softball interview of Palin, not the clothes, was the real gift.

Posted by: provo1 | November 26, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

"Plastic shoes and a plastic hat,
And you think you know where it's at.
Plastic People, oh baby, you're such a drag." -- Francis Vincent Zappa

Posted by: JTSpangler | November 26, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it against the law for corporations to give directly to political campaigns?

Posted by: majorteddy | November 26, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Another disclosure---Maria Bartiromo also jumped McCain bones. But don't worry , maria has sex with every man she interviews.

Posted by: majorteddy | November 26, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

I despise Palin and think she's a major fraud. I'll take any dirt you can dish on her. But, she actually deserves a little credit for this one. She followed the rules. And as for provo1's complaint that it was a softball interview and majorteddy's talking about money & political campaigns, remember... this was BEFORE she was picked for VP. So, there's no story here, except the rare one of a politician doing things right, for a change. But fear not... that idiot Palin has plenty more in store for us all.

Posted by: Samuel5 | November 26, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Geeze, is there anything this woman can surprise us with. Just be glad that McCain didn't win.

Posted by: craphappens | November 26, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse


No more Palin. After watching her 3 minute interview in front of turkeys being drained of blood before being killed, I cannot stand that woman.

The poor turkeys had to listen to that screeching voice during their suffering.

Posted by: mtw0310 | November 26, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Why did Sarah Palin accept the $300 for clothing? Especially since she and the "First Dude" are millionaires? And why did the First Dude, Todd accept $10,00 worth of clothes and jewelry, including silk underpants? (I guess there's nothing like comfort when riding the old snowmobile). I cannot believe Sarah and Todd are in the political, I guess it makes sense since Sarah takes a stand against "corrupt" politicians."

Posted by: mperezm | November 26, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Will work for clothes

Posted by: bubbuh | November 26, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

This lying hypocrite can never present herself without being "on the take for drag" for herself and her motley klan. What a true Republicreep she is.

Posted by: wilsonfrannie | November 27, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Strange how Palin, the career politician, doesn't think twice about accepting "gifts" from anyone who offers them. My husband is a career public servant who has been responsible for operating budgets running in the hundreds of millions and capital budgets just over a billion. His sense of professional integrity is such he won't accept gifts.

Posted by: txgall | November 27, 2008 12:47 AM | Report abuse

I thought government employees were not allowed to accept gifts above a certain dollar amount, although I understand that Sarah Palin has a history of accepting thousands of dollars of gifts while Mayor and then Governor so clearly, ethics law must be different in Alaska.

The financial disclosure forms for the McCain campaign showed the expenditures for the $150,000 but where are the disclosure forms showing the returns that we've been told about? Do we just accept it because she says so? I realize it's over, but if she's going to be potentially on the national scene, this shouldn't go away until the whole story is clear. I don't understand how she can lie, change the lie the next day, have MSM report each lie, and not call her on it but instead just report. Yet, she remains in the national conversation as a top GOP figure. Go figure.

Posted by: kaceyf | November 27, 2008 1:24 AM | Report abuse

No scandal here?

She and co-governor Todd also got $4,250 in expenses paid by the RGA.

Anyone want to call the IRS to find out if these gifts were reported as income.

I betcha not, also. Doggone it!

Posted by: ratfishtim | November 27, 2008 1:55 AM | Report abuse

This is a woman we're told can field dress a moose, whatever that means, and shoots coyotes from a helicopter, but she has no "outdoor gear?" Sounds like she's about as much of an outdoorsy type as W is a cowboy. Both fakes, both have no business being anywhere near the Oval Office.

Posted by: dah_sab | November 27, 2008 3:42 AM | Report abuse

I may have missed the announcement, but has a date been set for the nuptials for Bristol and Levi?
Is Piper going steady yet?

Posted by: bdunn1 | November 27, 2008 7:06 AM | Report abuse

I am no fan of Sarah Palin. I believe she represents he worst of women outside the kitchen, dependent on her hubby so much he has a table, phone and chair inside the governor's office; not in control of her own body at any age, surrounded now, with three young adults none of whom has finished high school, determined to forge ahead despite a special needs child that ought to be getting 12 hours of his mother's attention a day....and is not.

She has clearly achieved much the Bimbo way because she has failed to demonstrate the intellect of even a high school drop out.

That aside, we fail our duty to our country if we fail to reject her solely for her lack of intellect if we keep picking on her clothes and deals where there were clearly others that share whatever blame might accrue for clothing. Male politician have been accepting illegal forms of payment for years and years, some get caught, some do not.

I think most of us realize that the sight of Palin and her entourage of press and secret service shopping at dozens of Neiman Marcus stores across the continent everytime her plane landed, with police escort to shopping malls, are glaringly, stunningly, missing. It didn't happen.

Back it up, think about republicans lie about democrats every day of their lives, as natural as breathing. Its not surprising that their lies about Palin would be so extensive Its unfortunate that we all have so many letigimate reasons for never wanting her near our White House, or in line to the presidency.
The republicans have taken that and magnified upon it with their lies.

Don't be fooled.

Posted by: dutchess2 | November 27, 2008 7:37 AM | Report abuse

In a time of economic depression for the American people as a whole, $1000.00 cowboy boots as gifts to our governors (with a small g) is, without a doubt, scandalous!

Posted by: robvukovic | November 27, 2008 7:51 AM | Report abuse

The last sentence in your commentary gives you away. You are only interested in finding dirt on Gov Palin. As a non-American, who viewed the US election from Europe, I took the trouble to examine carefully the actual careers of the four candidates. Frankly, I was astonished at the thinness of Obama's resume. In the case of Joe Biden, all one can say is, be very afraid of having such an obvious buffoon at 'one heartbeat' from the presidency.

In the case of Gov Palin, I took the touble to examine carefully the 60+ negative assertions made against her. I am satisfied that all are either verifiably false, are based on half truths, are trivial or if the were made against her democratic rivals would be ignored. In the end she was the only candidate who won my full respect. So why the hatefest against her? Accusations of lack of intelligence are belied by her actual accomplishments as Gov in the short space of two years. Could it be that she has committed the ultimate crime against liberal culture? She refused to kill her down syndrome child.

Posted by: GeneCar | November 27, 2008 7:59 AM | Report abuse

GeneCar, you examined carefully the negative assertions against her? How did you come to find her daughter is not the parent of Trig? Her own assertions? Or did you see some of her medical records that the rest of us are not privy to?

Posted by: ericmiami42 | November 27, 2008 8:22 AM | Report abuse

That's what we get from a Hooters waitress who happened to be the governor of Alaska.
No shame, no dignity, no ethics..just pure opportunist. She and her extended family will gladly take whatever they can get. It’s a crass class.

Posted by: mkhadr | November 27, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Is there a prescribed treatment for Imelda Marcos Syndrome?

Posted by: jimbo617 | November 27, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Bartiromo is also a complete idiot so anything's possible with the pair of them involved!

Posted by: yannyp2 | November 27, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

despise Palin and think she's a major fraud. I'll take any dirt you can dish on her.
Posted by: Samuel5 | November 26, 2008 9:37 PM

Is there no end to the liberal hate, all the libs including the posters on this site, the media, and late night are doing their best to smear Palin in anyway possible including lies and half truths. They must truly fear her political skills, which will shine even brighter as the pall of the Obama win sets in, taking the place of all the irrational exuberence currently being displayed.

Posted by: johs | November 27, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone know whether Shrieking Sarah was able to manage the cost of her underwear, or did she enthusiastically shop at, well, Victoria's Secret at someone else's expense?

Posted by: janus555 | November 27, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I guess JOHS is a solidly oblivious member of the pathetic Dupes who cannot judge for themselves, but swallow the bilge served them by the Fox Newsfixers. It still remains a fact that 62% of the voters affirmed that Shrieking Sarah was unfit to be the president.

Moreover, three leading conservative columnists opposed her: George Will (unfit), David Brookes (unfit and a serious mistake), and Kathleen Parker (called her unfit and early on suggested she resign from the ticket and return to Alaska to spend time with her family).

JOHS will continue to rant despite all this, thanks to his idols at Fox and rightwinger squawk radio.

Posted by: janus555 | November 27, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

The Washingtonpost for years has continued to throw its credibility out the window and does so once again. While their left-wing editors whine about Palin's $300 cloths and the GOP's $1,000 shoes, they ignore the $31,000,000 in federal funds (AKA TAXPAYER $$$) given to ACORN, by Democrats in Congress, to register dead people and cartoon characters for the right to vote.

Now there's the REAL SCANDAL. Never let reality get in the way of a good donkey whine.

The story:

The invoice to taxpayers:

Posted by: KRL55555 | November 27, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Todd and Sarah Palin reported an income of $1,000,000 for 2007, according to her tax return released as part of the campaign. Why in the world does this woman need subsidies from everybody and their brother to buy her own clothes? Usually a million dollar annual income is sufficient to walk into Neiman Marcus or Saks to buy clothes. The RNC is a bunch of idiots to buy clothes for the Palin clan and CNBC is even dumber for spending $300 on a bunch of crummy clothes while Palin can afford to buy her own.

Posted by: merrylees | November 27, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse


No I have no primary evidence that Trig is not the child of Gov Palin's daughter. Nor did I seek such evidence for two reason: (i) the allegation is the product minds that are sick with hate, and therefore I did not consider it worthy of attention and (2) from what I have researched about the life and career of Gov Palin, I believe she is a truthful person--as straight as a dime--and I believe her when she is compelled to assert that Trig is indeed her child.

Posted by: GeneCar | November 27, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh, come on. What we REALLY WANT TO KNOW is, "Did the first dude rent Nailin' Palin?

Posted by: DPETERSON251 | November 27, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse


Tax returns reveal that Gov Palin and her husband had assets of over 1,000,000 dollars last year. This is not the same as income which, from what I remember was somewhere between 100,000 and 170,000 dollars, based mainly on her salary of 88,000 as Governor of Alaska. Their assets included the family home, the assets of her husband's business and a small invesment portfolio. They are by no means a wealthy family. Is there no cure or theatment for the PDS (Palin Derangement Syndrome)?

Posted by: GeneCar | November 27, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

To mkhadr - please don't insult Hooter's waitresses. They work very hard for very little. Palin seems to do the exact opposite.

Also, from professional experience, when an outlet gives you clothes to wear for a shoot you are expected/required to give them back. They are loaners. Even if CNBC neglected to ask for them, Palin should have known better than to run off with them. But that's how she managed to quadruple her income in such a short time. I bet she's a lousy tipper too.

Posted by: aranxa | November 27, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

As a 40 year Alaskan resident who has observed the Palin phenomenon close up, I believe I can separate the substantive charges against our governor from the illegitimate ones. Her ethical violations with respect to acts against her former brother-in-law and state trooper Wooten are a matter of record. Compensation she received for family travel expenses and living expenses from the state need to be investigated to determine their legitimacy. The personal attacks on her are a mix of outright lies and unfortunate truths, which I choose not to address. She is neither the saint that her acolytes claim her to be nor the demon her enemies perceive. All the hype and hysteria has created a caricature that threatens to destroy the real person. It is not yet clear if caricature will swallow the real person or the real person will outlive the caricature. Even we Alaskans aren't sure.

Posted by: elvischannel | November 27, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

dutchess2 - the fact that Sarah Palin and entourage were not seen shopping at Neiman Marcus or other locations does not prove she did not purchase the clothes reported in the media. the financial disclosure forms reported to the FEC (Federal Elections Commission) by the McCain campaign for just the month of September list approximately $150k in payments to Neiman's and Saks stating they were for clothing for Palin. the purchases were made by staffers, not Palin herself. since, she and the campaign has state that about 1/3 have been returned, the rest are to be "donated."

GeneCar - which 60+ "negative" assertions and how did you examine them? for example, Sarah Palin considered that "calling out Obama on his associations" was not negative, but asking her to explain numerous discrepancies between statements and record were considered by her to be negative attacks. Believing that the 1st Amendment was intended to give her protection from the media and that the role of VP is to "be in charge of the Senate" speaks greatly to basic intelligence and/or intellectual curiosity don't you think? Take away all the personal assertions and look only at her actions as mayor and governor, her statements during the campaign and since, listen to her answers to the same question given weeks apart (or even days) and your assertion that you examined carefully the assertions about her make me wonder what information you examined.

KRL55555 - ACORN and all organizations involved in registering voters are required to turn in all registration forms. They kept separate those they knew were questionable. You might note that even the GOP agrees that regardless of REGISTRATION irregularities, no VOTING irregularities of any measurable amount occurred. You have to remember, it doesn't matter how many dead people register, it only matters how many dead people actually show up to vote.

Posted by: kaceyf | November 28, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse


How did I examine the 60+ negative assertions against Gov Palin? Let me take two examples. It is asserted in a 'book banning" narrative that, as Mayor of Warsilla, Sarah Palin dismmised the public librarian because she resisted pressure to ban certain books. This narrative gained credability because it played to certain pre-conceived notions about her alleged religious 'fundamentalism'. The narrative goes on that it was only after streneous remonstrations by the townsfolk that the librarian was reinstated. The facts, as all her biographers have noted, are that Palin requested the resignation of all the principal officers who serve at the pleasure of the Mayor and asked them to reapply for their jobs. The librarian was not singled and along with most others was rehired. I am prepared to admit that I am wrong, but I can find no evidence that as Mayor, Palin engaged in any attempt at book banning, and a list of allegedly banned books turned to be an Internet hoax and even contained some books which, at the time of her installation as Mayor were not even published. A second example is the allegation that, give her emphasis on the problem of special needs children, that as Gov reduced the state subsidy for such children. In fact she raised the budget at the time by 10%. What she cut was the proposed budget, but this was deliberatly twisted to make a negative point. Every experienced executive knows that during annual budget time, departments alway inflated their requests in the hope of getting more.

You ask that, if I were to carefully examine the alleged discrepancies in Palin's statements during the campaign, I could not fail to draw conclusions about her obvious lack of intelligence. The problem is that if I conducted the same analysis of the evolution of the statements of Obama. Biden and John McCain, I could easily conclude that they were all complete cretins!

Finally, let me make a point about Palin's alleged 'ethical' violations. As her biographers note, Palin rose in the polical scene in Alaska as an an apponent of corruption, which included (to her great credit) corruption within her own party. One of her priorities as Gov was to get ethics legislation passed. Now, in all of this she obviously made numerous enemies. If you were such an enemy and were sufficiently unscupulous, what do you think would be the best way to take her down? Obvious isn't? Get her on some 'ethics' scam! We will see a flood of them over the next two years! The Personnel Board exonerated her on the 'Troopergate' issue, but the so-called censure by the legislature in October was so obviously political that any fool could see through it. It stated that she was within her lawful rights to dismiss the guy but that other factors 'may' have inflenced it. The word 'may' is the givaway. It should not appear in a legal or quasi report. Something either is or isn't.

Posted by: GeneCar | November 28, 2008 7:45 AM | Report abuse


The 'I am a resident 40 year resident of Alaska ...' bit is an arguament from authority. I am not impressed, especially since, given her high approval ratings, the majority of Alaskans don't appear to share you opinion, or at least the negative aspects aspects of your opinion.

None of us are saints, but in all my life of observing US elections, I have never witnessed a slime/hate/snearfest as nasty and brutish as that directed at Governor Palin, particularly by the mainstream media, which has debased itself beyond redemption. Does anyone believe anymore what they read in the New York Times, or hear on NBC? (The MSM in my own Europe is even worse!) To quote Mary McCarthy writing about a famous author, in the New York Time's coverage of Gov Palin, even the 'commas and full stops were lies'.

Allegedly, Gove Palin (being a 'fundy' of course) is supposed to believe that dinosaurs and people roamed the 'young earth' about 6,000 years ago. But she need not go back that far to find dinosaurs. She can find them right here and now. They even have names, ABC, CBS,MSNBC, the Washington Post, the New York Times and . . . and . . . the Huffington Post!

Posted by: GeneCar | November 28, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

**I believe she is a truthful person--as straight as a dime--and I believe her when she is compelled to assert that Trig is indeed her child.

Posted by: GeneCar **

Really? How perfectly odd. Because I have never heard her utter a single word of truth.

'I said thanks but no thanks to that bridge up there in Alaska'

'I sold the Governor's jet on eBay'


Can you give an example?

Posted by: gordmetcalfe | November 28, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Studs Terkel described Sarah Palin as "Joe McCarthy in drag." He was correct. Her claims that Barack Obama was a "socialist" or that he "pals around with terrorists" were ludicrous, but what makes Sarah Palin dangerous is the large number of ignorant people that actually take what she spews seriously.

Posted by: mperezm | November 28, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse


Point taken. But the bottom line is:

Did she or did she not cancell the bridge and redirect the funds to better uses? Nor can it be objected that that there is a problem with applying for and using Federal funds for appropriate infrstructure. 'Earmarks', which she has sought to reduce are an abuse of that process.

Did she sell the Governer's jet or not? Whether it was sold on eBay or not is beside the point.

I have found no reason not to respect Gov Palin. As for her being 'Mccarthy in drag' as reported by mperezm, i think that on the contrary it is she who has been on the receiving end of a form of McCarthyism. To which can only say to those who conduct this campaign against her: "Have you no sense of decency Sirs . . .At long last have you no sense of decency?"

Posted by: GeneCar | November 28, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

My goodness,
I have never visited this site before.
Such tolerance! Sounds like most of you
posters need a little sensitivity training,
or anger management. And they say the
right-wing is mean spirited!
This stuff is trash!

Posted by: factshurt | November 28, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

JOHS thinks Palin´s POLITCAL SKILLS are feared. LOL!!!
Mrs. MANTAN Palin can´t string a sentence together! Palin conradicts herself if she has to say two things in a row.
SKILLS? The same ones as Bush. One nimcumpoop gone and another one is embraced. You should ask yourself WHY, JOHS....
What is this NEED to be represented BY A MORON?

Posted by: deosil1 | November 29, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

I find it very troubling that so many focus on a wardrobe, and other trivial things about Sarah Palin, while neglecting to put Obama under a microscope for his policies and beliefs. It has been said that he wears $2,000 suits, but, not one mention from the media about this. Just because she's plain spoken, as is George W. Bush, doesn't equal stupidity. One can be a great orator, as some fancy Obama to be, yet say nothing of substance. Elitism and snobbery at it's finest from the libs.

Rock on Sarah! You are awesome!

Posted by: cheryls226 | November 29, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Some of the people posting here are truly sick. I've seen more lies about Palin from the esteemed posters of the WAPO than I did at Huffpo. Insanity from the left is as rampant as always. Instead of spreading lies, why don't you nutters go to Web MD to find out the type of meds you could take for your paranoia and delusions.

Posted by: publana | November 29, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

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