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Where Did Sarah Palin's Wardrobe Go?

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The Federal Election Commission's dismissal Tuesday of GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's extravagant wardrobe purchases still leaves one burning question unanswered: what happened to all those fancy duds?

The FEC's ruling lets Palin and the Republican National Committee off the hook for the $150,000-plus shopping spree to outfit the Alaska governor during the 2008 campaign. The commission ruled that the RNC's purchase of clothes and accessories for Palin and her family members at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and other upscale retailers did not violate campaign finance law.

But that still doesn't clear up what happened to the designer clothes Palin sported on the campaign trail before reverting back to her old Wasilla ways. The RNC certainly has never fully explained the situation.

RNC spokeswoman Gail Gitcho tells us the clothes were donated to charity, as the committee had promised in the aftermath of the wardrobe debacle. But she declined to comment on which charities, and whether all of the clothes, or just some of them, were donated.

The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which filed the wardrobe complaint with the FEC, says, "Despite the fact that Governor Palin and the RNC claimed the clothing would be donated to charity, it is not clear this ever happened, and in any event, according to the FEC, the law does not require it."

A former Republican Party aide infamously blogged after the election that Palin's clothes "remain stuffed in trash bags at RNC headquarters." But the RNC disputed her account.

Just imagine how much those political collector's items would go for on eBay.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 20, 2009; 1:18 PM ET
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Seriously, Mary Ann, is this keeping you up nights? Barry O. is leading this country toward financial disaster and unsafe transportation options and you are worrying about Governor Palin's campaign wardrobe?

Posted by: KatieB9056 | May 20, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Uh, Katie, President Obama is trying to salvage the nation from the economic disaster created by eight years of reckless, morally-bankrupt Republican rule. And unsafe transportation options? What might you be referring to, pray tell.

The public deserves to know what happened to Gov. Palin's infamous wardrobe. Any party that preaches working-class populism but styles itself at Neiman Marcus, and rewards the rich and big corporations while destroying the middle class, deserves to be shown to be exactly what it is.

Posted by: dc_slim | May 20, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

$150,000--I still say that's a lot of lipstick for the pig.

Posted by: boesc | May 20, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Just look in her closets, silly.

Posted by: arty1 | May 20, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Uh Mary Ann you weren't paying attention. The closes were bought by the McCain campaign and went back to them. Since many of the pieces were not to her liking, since she did not pick them out, they weren't worn and where possible were returned to the stores and the others were probably donated to qualified charities.

Get around to the four thousand terrorist prisoners and why Obama released them on Iraq rather than turn over to Iraqi government detention or go into the background of his new regulatory Czar, the monster Sunstien. You really are stuck on being a partisan Democrat.

Posted by: Avitar | May 20, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

This is what you worrry about?

Hey it not called the Washington compost for nothing! I'm more curious about where Monica's blue dress ended up. What drival, no wonder people have given up on the "unbiased press".

Posted by: tjschul | May 20, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

As a GOP campaign contributer, this number is certainly over-the-top. If that's the way they want to spend the money, I'll keep it in mind next time I write a check. How about some sleuthing on a cabinet full of tax cheats? Or Pelosi-gate? Or the Majority Leader's senior moments? These are the people who are running the country.

Posted by: wilyhusker | May 20, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

"Barry O. is leading this country toward financial disaster and unsafe transportation options"
Umm, in case you haven't noticed we already hit financial disaster under Bush.

Requiring higher fuel standards creating unsafe transportation options?

typical repub "stay the course!"

Posted by: JRM2 | May 20, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who has an ounce of energy only needs to scan the hundreds of photos of Sarah during the campaign, to catalog the notorious clothes, then scan the hundreds of photos from appearances since the campaign and see if any match. Anyone up for that? An 8th grader could do it but I doubt any of the Washington press could manage it.

As Bush would have said, "Its hard work!". Why work when you can just ask the question then provide no answer and call it journalism. Makes for typical Washington reading. How many phone calls did it take to get no answer for this article? It look like one, to Gitcho, and a googling of a CREW website. Where have all the journalists gone?

Posted by: bevjims1 | May 20, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

JRM2: Good comeback to Katie's standard right-wing garbage.
As for this blog, however, here's my response: Who cares? This is a non-issue. I'm not a Palin fan, but really ... just let her be, please.

Posted by: vegasgirl1 | May 20, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin should announce where she donated the clothes to. Did she say she donated them or did she actually do it?

Posted by: auntrobin10 | May 20, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Why would you care?

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | May 20, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

This wardrobe obsession with Palin is a load of crap. I'll bet Michelle Obama outspent Palin during the course of the presidential campaign, the press would never report this.

Posted by: wabarnes | May 20, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin will not go away. I know that I was not alone having high hopes that Alaska would swallow her back and that she'd actually work as the state's governor -- between hunting trips and keeping her eyes on Russia -- leaving we-of-the-lower-48-contiguous at last alone. But NOooo!

Several weeks ago I read that Palin will be part of the "National Council for a New America," an attempt by Republican leaders in Congress and potential 2012 presidential candidates to rebrand the struggling party.

Next the National Rifle Association, of which Palin is a proud member, honors her with a custom made "Alaskan Hunter" rifle -- a war weapon, a civilian model of the M-16 assault rifle.

And now you say she gets to keep the damn clothes! Ethic Soup as a good post on Palin's sweet assault rifle at:

Posted by: s_mceachern | May 20, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

dc_slim, JRM2, Please explain how Bush's defict of roughly 8 trillion in 8 years equals Obama's roughly 4 trillion in less then a year. I'm sorry the math does not add up. I would suggest using logic before making comments that are easily refuted.

Posted by: mburton325 | May 20, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

"This wardrobe obsession with Palin is a load of crap. I'll bet Michelle Obama outspent Palin during the course of the presidential campaign, the press would never report this."

Yes, but as far as I know, Michelle Obama didn't charge the clothes to Obama's campaign. Likewise, Cindy McCain probably spent more on her clothes, but again didn't charge it to the campaign.

It's Palin's image as a self-described "Joe Six-Pack" and ordinary person and the sheer amount of money spent that made it somewhat newsworthy. Sort of like John Edwards' haircut. All of this wouldn't have come out if they didn't charge it to the campaign.

Posted by: Joran | May 20, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse


Obama's campaign spent twice that EVERY HOUR in the last weeks of the campaign. Don't tell me there's not 150k of waste there somewhere. Hell, he spent 300k to repaint a plane.

Palin's clothes story is nothing but a hit-job. If she hadn't bought clothes, the D.C. press would have been talking about how her family looked like hicks.

The fact that this is still in the news is sad.

Posted by: tonynelson1 | May 20, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

And, don't forget that Palin is a millionaire and could've bought her own clothes... (Just like all the other candidates & their families) then nobody would care. It really is the first time a campaign or party paid for a complete wardrobe for a candidate & his/her family. Don't pretend that Republicans weren't shocked about this (although they quickly got over it as they needed to do for political reasons.)

Posted by: dadada | May 20, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

La de da... la de da.

Posted by: whocares666 | May 20, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

.... In search of a 'brain', one would hope.

Posted by: deepthroat21 | May 20, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I assume they went to Michelle Obama. How else do you explain all the high end, wear only once, wardrobe she has, $600 purses, 450 tennis shoes, full time stylist and hair dresser etc Certainly you dont think anyone gave them to her or bought them for her do you.If they did I assume you would report on it..or are you only concerned about Palin

Posted by: brucenahin | May 20, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

'typical repub "stay the course!" '

Typical Democrat to think this is an insult.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | May 20, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

palin has told you what she did with the clothes. try following up on that instead of worrying your pretty little head about it. if mccain/palin were in the white house instead of presidents obama/soros, we'd all get a lot more sleep at night.

Posted by: dennisintn | May 20, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Who cares where Sarah Palin's fancy duds went? She didn't earn a salary when running as VP, but she did earn them by doing the bidding of the GOP.

Posted by: Leathnm | May 21, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I love how these Repubs are criticizing Dems for talking about Palin's clothes while the nation is falling apart (brought to us by GWB). Where were these people when the Repubs impeached Clinton because of a lie about a concentual sex fling which distracted him from running the nation?

Posted by: maureen471 | May 21, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Let me guess--they donated to Palin's favorite used charity in Wasilla and she bought them all back for pennies on the dollar.

Posted by: islvoter | May 21, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Items should be donated to any of the "Dress for Success" programs.

Posted by: edwestva | May 21, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Newt Gingrich / Sarah Palin 2012

Posted by: Dambama | May 22, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Liberals never cease to amaze me. This goof of a president we have sends Air Force One on a $300,000 plus photo shoot over Manhattan and the libs can't stop talking about Palin's clothes. At least the clothes can be worn again. What about the $300,000 spent on the photo shoot? Who do we see about that?

Posted by: tmonahan1 | May 22, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

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