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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-01-10 05:31 PM
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"Do they want the nylons and other things returned? Do they really want my dirty undergarments?"
Sarah Palins Shopping Spree: Yes, Theres More...

Bose headphones. A birthday dress for Bristol. Campaign documents and e-mails reveal the fine print.

By Michael Joseph Gross



WEB EXCLUSIVE September 1, 2010

The clothes. Few aspects of Sarah Palins vice-presidential candidacy have been more discussed than the $150,000 worth of clothing and accessories bought by the Republican National Committees coordinated campaign fund on behalf of the candidate and her family in 2008. Yet interviews with campaign aides and internal campaign e-mails and documents obtained exclusively by Vanity Fair shed new light on the situation, revealing Palin to have been more innocent at the start of this shopping odyssey than has previously been reportedand more knowing and more calculating as time went on.

Initially, Palin objected to the very idea of clothing being purchased for her to wear at the Republican National Convention. When she was first presented with a $3,500 jacket, an aide recalls, the price tag sent her into shock: I dont spend that much money on my clothes in a year, Palin said. I will not do this. Aides decided, in future, to cut off the price tags, so Palin wouldnt quite know how much was being spent. But eventually, they say, Palin grew accustomed to the privilege of a designer wardrobenot only for herself but also for her family.

On October 21, 2008, Federal Election Commission filings revealed the massive expenditures made on behalf of the candidate, her husband, and her children. As was reported at the time, the vast majority of the purchases$130,000were made by Jeff Larson, a Republican consultant in St. Paul, Minnesota, where the 2008 convention was held. Other purchases were made by a stylist, a Dallas fund-raising firm, and campaign staff. In fact, shopping for the Palins involved many campaign staffers: at least eight of the candidates aides requested reimbursement for clothing purchases for the Palins that they charged to their personal credit cards. The records of those purchases also reveal that Palins later claimsthat we had three days of using clothes that the R.N.C. purchased (at the Republican National Convention) and that she understood the clothes to have been loaned to us during the conventionwere completely false. So was the spin of Palins campaign spokesperson, who stated on October 22 that it was always the intent that the clothing go to a charitable purpose after the campaign. On October 23, in a previously unpublished e-mail (quoted below), Palin wrote that she had no idea the clothes would eventually need to be returned, and suggested that she believed the items were being given to her and her family as gifts. And campaign documents show that, remarkably, the spending continued into October. On the 20th, the day before the clothes-buying sprees were made public, a staffer paid $639.36 for clothes and a coat at Macys and Ann Taylor in Reno.

Throughout October, staff members were still buying clothing and accessories for the Palins. That months purchases, which totaled more than $9,000, would seem to stretch the boundaries of what constitutes a legitimate campaign expense. On October 9, a Jersey for Piper was purchased at a store called I Love Cincinnati. On October 10, a $316.94 pair of Bose headphones were purchased for Sarah Palin in Pittsburgh. (Separate purchases that day were made for Intimates and Workout Clothes.) On October 16, a Jewelry case purchased in Concord, New Hampshire, was charged to the campaign.

On October 17, the day before Bristols birthday, after a senior Palin aide asked a junior aide, in an e-mail, Do you mind talking w/Bristol about getting an outfit for tomorrow & via the campaign. Thanks, the response came back: Yep. I talked to her about it this morning and picked up a few dress options at saks during the event today. And a pair of snazzy shoes to wair on her bday : ). That same day, the same junior staffer charged $1,312.94 at Saks 5th Avenue in Cincinnati. In campaign records, that expense was labeled as if it were made not for Bristol but for the candidates appearance on Saturday Night Live. (The memo line reads Clothes-SNL.)

On October 23, two days after stories about Palins exorbitant campaign clothing budget first surfaced, Palin e-mailed aides in a fury: Ridiculous Ill try to be patient through this, but this is ridiculous and hypocritical in terms of my values, and prudent use of other peoples money Its puzzling, even infuriating, why the clothes issue is what it is now. My family was never told that all must be returned ... Not until two days ago when I read we may have a challenge in tracking down Tracks very expensive sweater(s) (that he didnt request), as theyre either on base at Ft. Wainwright somewhere, or perhaps even overseas ... Ive asked many, many times how this was all supposed to work with clothes that were presented me and the kids who was paying (A close campaign aide says that this is untrue, and that Palin never asked any such questions.)

But in the very next paragraph, Palin was trying to figure out a way to hang on to some of the items: Do they want the nylons and other things that are pretty worn, returned? (And she asked a campaign aide, Do they really want my dirty undergarments? Indeed, Palin had something of a fixation on the handling of her undergarments, and insisted, when hotel maids did her laundry, that only campaign aides be allowed to touch those particular articles.) Attempting to wrest some control over the situation, she added, I want say in the charities these will go to.

By the time she returned to Alaska, after Election Day, Palins transformation was complete. An e-mail string dated November 7 includes terse directives to aides to search for particular items of clothing that she wanted to keep: Remember the five black leather Flyers bags w sweatshirts and jerseys and Flyers propaganda in each bag? Anyone know where they ended up? One of the aides who were sent to Alaska to retrieve and catalogue the items purchased for Palin recalls that, during these days, mysteriously, all of a sudden, she couldnt find stuff.

http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2010/10/sar...
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Kurt_and_Hunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-01-10 05:33 PM
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1. The sale of her dirty undergarments could fund the RNC for a year
Seriously.

Sick world, etc.
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liberalmuse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-01-10 05:36 PM
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2. LOL! n/t
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left coaster Donating Member (938 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-01-10 05:36 PM
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3. Gross. But true. nt
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Fumesucker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-01-10 05:44 PM
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5. I think I just hurt myself..
And my dogs are looking at me very strangely..

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pipi_k Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-01-10 05:50 PM
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6. Hmmmm....what size does she wear?
I'm thinking a little crotch rubbing on some new ones, and a lucrative business selling them on eBay...


:evilgrin:
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msanthrope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-01-10 05:53 PM
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9. Rich Lowry would have "starbursts" all over them...
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11 Bravo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-01-10 06:45 PM
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14. Best. Post. Ever.
That is some seriously funny shit, K&H!
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-01-10 05:42 PM
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4. That quote alone is enough to keep Free Republic buzzing for a year.
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-01-10 05:51 PM
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7. Developed a taste for finer things but quickly, didn't she?
Not surprising, I suppose. Better people than the Palins have succumbed to sudden lavishness. What irks me is her denial that she's developed these expensive tastes, and that despite her interest in this lifestyle, her nitwit supporters think she's still "one of them," just a down home simple mom with small town values. No, her values come out of the high-end catalogs anymore.
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-01-10 05:52 PM
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8. And with that line, 50,000 Freepers ejaculated into their 48" waist Wrangler Jeans. nt
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foxfeet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-01-10 05:58 PM
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10. May her Spanx cut off the circulation to her brain.
Not that it'll make that much difference, but I'm grateful for the small things.
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-01-10 06:13 PM
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11. Nylons? When does Nanuschka of the North ever wear nylons?
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-01-10 06:30 PM
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12. Sorry, now that I've read a bit more of the article I see that should be Nanuschka, the North Star.
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musette_sf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-01-10 06:38 PM
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13. ATTN RIMJOB:
Your prizes for the next FR fundraising drive are ready...

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jberryhill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-01-10 06:53 PM
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15. Oh yes they do, Sarah
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lostnfound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-01-10 07:05 PM
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16. Too much information. nt
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Jade Fox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-01-10 09:02 PM
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17. Where the hell is the IRS?
Edited on Wed Sep-01-10 09:03 PM by Jade Fox
Palin should of paid taxes on all those cloths she kept.

Not to mention, she lied her head off!
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