RNC to report another $30,000 spent on Palin wardrobe
John Byrne
Published: Thursday December 4, 2008

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The price of Sarah Palin's RNC-provided wardrobe is approaching the price of an average American home.

As the price of median US home prices continues to fall, the price of Sarah Palin's wardrobe continues to rise.

"The Republican National Committee is scheduled to file a campaign report with the Federal Election Commission Thursday disclosing that the committee spent additional funds to clothe and accessorize vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin," the National Journal reported late Wednesday.

"In October, Politico revealed that the RNC had spent approximately $150,000 on clothing and accessories for Palin and her family after she was selected as Sen. John McCain’s running mate," the magazine added. "The story provoked a storm of criticism of the Alaska governor, a mother of five and favorite of the conservative wing of the GOP."

GOP officials wouldn't provide many details.

"The amount to be reported is significantly less than $150,000," one RNC official told National Journal. "The accessories on the report are less than $30,000."

The clothing, the official says, is in the committee's possession and
will be dispersed to national and local charities at the appropriate time."

They are said to include "other" accessories purchased for the "hockey mom" before the election.Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) campaign spent more than $150,000 on Palin's wardrobe between late August and Nov. 4.

In early September, the RNC's clothing buys for Palin included bills from Saks Fifth Avenue in St. Louis and New York for $49,425.74, and shopping trips to Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis, including one totaling $75,062.63 in September.

The RNC also spent $4,716.49 on hair and makeup through September, Politico reported.