Palin’s fashion needs cost party $150,000 last month

By Xinhua,

Washington : The US Republican party has spent about $150,000 over the last one month to meet vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s fashion needs, an online report has said.

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According to the political website Politico, the Republican National Committee used campaign donations to pay for the Alaskan governor’s clothing, hair styling, makeup and other “campaign accessories” during the month of September, following her nomination as John McCain’s running mate.

Among the expenses, $75,062 were spent at Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis and $41,850 in St Louis in early September. It also included $4,100 for Palin’s makeup and hair styling, the report said.

However, the Republican party said in its defence the clothing would go to charity after the end of election campaign.

“With all of the important issues facing the country right now, it’s remarkable that we’re spending time talking about pantsuits and blouses,” said Republican presidential candidate John McCain spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt. “It was always the intent that the clothing goes to a charitable purpose after the campaign.”

McCain, an Arizona Senator, was exceeded by his Democratic presidential rival Barack Obama in campaign funds.

The Republican party has been helping McCain’s bid for the White House financially and is allowed to spend up to $19 million dollars in the campaign.