New campaign reports expected to be filed by the Republican National Committee today will show the Republican National Commitee spent even more money to buy clothes and accessories for controversial vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
Previous campaign reports showed the national party spent some $150,000 for clothes for Palen to make the Alaska governor presentable to the American people. The new reports will show additional expenditures over and above the 150 grand.
Palin’s use of other people’s money to pay for free tips, putting her and her family up in luxury hotels and other extravagant trappings were not only issues during the Presidential campaign but have become issues back in Alaska where additional revelations have shown the governor living large at taxpayer expense.
Reports Edward T. Pound of The National Journal:
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.
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 story provoked a storm of criticism of the Alaska governor, a mother of five and favorite of the conservative wing of the GOP.
While not providing much in details, Republican officials say that the RNC’s post-election financial report will include information on other “accessories’’ purchased for Palin before the Nov. 4 election.
Meanwhile, The Associated Press reports:
Gov. Sarah Palin has added to her financial disclosure forms two free trips that she took nearly two years ago but failed to report. Palin, who was Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s running mate, made the disclosures last month, but after Election Day when she and McCain lost to Barack Obama and Joe Biden. The trips were first revealed in a story by The Associated Press in October.
The free trips were taken in April and May of 2007 and should have been reported within 30 days under state ethics law. The Nov. 17 disclosure forms note that the reports were "not filed timely due to administrative error."
Bill McAllister, the governor’s spokesman, said this week that the mistakes were made by travel support staff. He said he could not explain the timing of when and how they were caught, but that it was irrelevant because the error was corrected.
Palin, who has criticized state lawmakers for gifts they take, is not facing any sanctions for the late filings, according to Linda Perez, state administrative director. Perez said she was alerted to the matter by McCain’s presidential campaign before the Oct. 14 AP story.