One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin to buy three suits for the convention and hire a stylist. But instead, the vice presidential nominee began buying for herself and her family--clothes and accessories from top stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. According to two knowledgeable sources, a vast majority of the clothes were bought by a wealthy donor, who was shocked when he got the bill. Palin also used low-level staffers to buy some of the clothes on their credit cards. The McCain campaign found out last week when the aides sought reimbursement. One aide estimated that she spent "tens of thousands" more than the reported $150,000, and that $20,000 to $40,000 went to buy clothes for her husband. Some articles of clothing have apparently been lost. An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast," and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.Sarah Palin should be one of those items that the GOP re-evaluates in its impending sessions of soul-searching. But with Wachovia and the U.S. Treasury around to loan them bail out capital, I guess
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
From Newsweek via TPM, Sarah Palin's shopping spree was much, much worse than previously thought, and the buck pretty much stops with her, not the campaign:
they we can just go on subsidizing future Saks 5th Avenue shopping sprees to outfit the Palin clan, including the next generation of grandchildren.