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Watchdog Files Complaint About Palin Wardrobe
Austin American Stateman ^ | 10/23/08 | staff

Posted on 10/23/2008 1:09:40 PM PDT by pissant

A political watchdog group on Thursday filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) about the Republican National Committee (RNC) spending nearly $150,000 on a wardrobe for vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) charged that the shopping excursions on behalf of Palin and her family violate a federal prohibition against candidates for federal office converting campaign funds to personal use.

“It is ridiculous that the RNC would spend $150,000 to outfit a vice presidential nominee and her family at any time, but it is more outrageous given the dire financial straights of so many Americans and the state of our economy,” CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan said in a statement accompanying the complaint.

The RNC has said the clothing will be donated to charity. Whether doing so would avoid violating federal campaign laws is unclear.

A news organization, Politico, disclosed this week that the RNC purchased designer clothing and accessories for Palin and her family, including $49,425 at Saks Fifth Avenue and $75,062 at Neiman Marcus.

(Excerpt) Read more at statesman.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: 2008; crew; fundraising; gop; palin; rnc
Now why on earth is the MSM covering this crap, but has yet to whisper a word about the Berg Lawsuit - especially Osama's attempt to get it tossed out instead of producing his real birth certificate???
1 posted on 10/23/2008 1:09:40 PM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant

Apparently these idiots haven’t read that the RNC is donating all of the clothing after the election (win or lose) to charity.


2 posted on 10/23/2008 1:11:46 PM PDT by nuconvert (Obama - Preferred by 4 out of 5 Dictators & Terrorists// Rove>Biden is a Big,Blowhard Dufus)
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To: pissant

If one did not contribute to the RNC and has no intention of voting for McCain/Palin why bitch and moan over it? I could care less.


3 posted on 10/23/2008 1:11:51 PM PDT by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on the rights of animals would do so on behalf of the unborn.)
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To: pissant
So is CREW going to investigate giving $140K to a Democrat's mistress?

(crickets)
4 posted on 10/23/2008 1:13:35 PM PDT by OCCASparky (Steely-Eyed Killer of the Deep)
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To: pissant

My God, what is wrong with these left wing idiots? The democrats get everything free and want to p*ss and whine about everyone else.


5 posted on 10/23/2008 1:14:52 PM PDT by SPOTTEDOWL (Are frontal lobotomies prerequisite for being classified as a liberal?)
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To: OCCASparky

Did they file a suit against William “freezer” Jefferson too?


6 posted on 10/23/2008 1:15:25 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant
The MSM completely ignores MILLIONS in campaign donations to Obama from foreign sources. Thousands of alphabet soup "names" on donor lists that can't be confirmed as legal donors. Can you say totally biased?
7 posted on 10/23/2008 1:16:20 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: pissant

Did Hillary pay for all her big-ass pantsuits?? I’d bet not a penny.


8 posted on 10/23/2008 1:17:45 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: pissant

I find it strange they have a problem with people buying clothes, but not the free gifts from designers that exceed regulations, a true violation of FEC rules.


9 posted on 10/23/2008 1:21:36 PM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (Change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy.)
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To: pissant

This is an advertising expense. They didn’t buy the clothing for HER, they bought it for the CAMPAIGN!!!!! these things are nuanced, but sometimes nuance matters.


10 posted on 10/23/2008 1:26:34 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: pissant

Because it fits their agenda of electing Obama.

That said, the RNC is stone deaf, blind and stupid about “Real America”. After criticizing Obama for being a “celebrity” they then outfitted Sarah like one.

The RNC have treated Gov. Palin like a Barbie because the are insulated urban elites trying to remake her into their own country club image.

If we win this election it will be entirely because of Sarah and in spite of the dumb ass RNC and stubborn Maverick McCain.


11 posted on 10/23/2008 1:27:19 PM PDT by Valpal1 (Always be prepared to make that difference.)
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To: OCCASparky

Did CREW investigat all of the $6300 suits of rainbow colors donated to Hillary Clinton???? that constitutes and illegal campaign contribution.... we need to file an FEC complaint about THAT!!


12 posted on 10/23/2008 1:27:47 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: LottieDah

You know that Obama's Clothes are the same situation. The emperor’s new suit is bought and paid for by the Obama Campaign is is Michelle’s clothes and their expensive snack tastes.

They can make this just another issue of going after Sara Palin but its a fact of life that the expense accounts of candidates while traveling on the road is pretty extreme.
The Emperor to be is an empty suit!
Michelle to Barack! Sweetie?
I think that I will order a little room service
Just a little light snack
Little people eat McDonald's
but I'm on the $400,000,000 Campaign express
Nobody will audit my expenses
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

Sweetie “ I really love the Iranian Osetra Cavier
” When we go and meet Mahmoud Ahmadinejad maybe he will send me back to the Whitehouse with some free samples.”
Heck I would give him anything he wants for more of this Cavier.
Even Israel
George Soros told me it was the best.

13 posted on 10/23/2008 1:29:27 PM PDT by ncfool (Obama stands for The New United Socialist State or "TNUSSA")
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To: pissant
“It is ridiculous that the RNC would spend $150,000 to outfit a vice presidential nominee and her family at any time, but it is more outrageous given the dire financial straights of so many Americans and the state of our economy,” CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan said in a statement accompanying the complaint.

I'm not sure whether to nominate that sentence for the "most-glaring non-sequitur of the year" award, or to report it to the nearest Human Rights Commission for bigotry against "straights".

As to how the RNC spending $150,000 could possibly be seen as outrageous given the dire straits that many Americans supposedly face right now, I'll wait and see whether confused Melanie follows it up with concern and outrage at Obama spending 600 million dollars on a campaign for a Federal office that only pays an annual salary of about $400,000. Or concern at how the taxpayers of Chicago will be paying $$$$millions for Obama to throw a 'victory' block party the very evening of the day when he's going to get beaten at the polls, etc. etc.

14 posted on 10/23/2008 1:30:03 PM PDT by Zeppo (Every mighty mild... seventies child... Beats me (Metric - Combat Baby))
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To: ozzymandus

“Did Hillary pay for all her big-ass pantsuits?? I’d bet not a penny.”

No, the designer donated them to Hillary, because she wanted the publicity.

I understand Hillary’s pantsuits are valued at $6,000+ each (wow, women pay a lot for clothing.) Before her Dem convention speech, didn’t she have like 5-6 of them on stage trying to figure out the best color one to wear?

Isn’t that like a $36,000 donation to Hillary’s campaign (way over the limit I think.) Aren’t senators prohibited from taking gifts that large?


15 posted on 10/23/2008 1:32:58 PM PDT by Brookhaven (.)
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To: pissant
Whether doing so would avoid violating federal campaign laws is unclear.

So when are you "Watchdogs" going to file that complaint to FEC about Obama getting millions in campaign donation from foreign sources?

16 posted on 10/23/2008 1:38:14 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: ncfool
Nobody will audit my expenses

Plenty of people have audited your bogus Photoshop, but you keep posting it. Pushing a discredited story does not help.

17 posted on 10/23/2008 1:38:46 PM PDT by drubyfive
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To: drubyfive

So did Michelle spend $447 on room service lobsters, caviar and champagne, or not?


18 posted on 10/23/2008 1:42:20 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: pissant

Watchdog = Left winger’s term for sh!t disturber, used in an attempt to somehow legitimize their sh!t disturbing.


19 posted on 10/23/2008 1:59:46 PM PDT by surely_you_jest
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To: pissant
Thank You GOD for this fine Woman!!!!!!..........Photobucket
20 posted on 10/23/2008 1:59:53 PM PDT by GitmoSailor (AZ Cold War Veteran====McCain/Palin 2OO8==My Mouse is a MOOSE=Donate to FR)
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To: Myrddin
The MSM completely ignores MILLIONS in campaign donations to Obama from foreign sources. Thousands of alphabet soup "names" on donor lists that can't be confirmed as legal donors. Can you say totally biased?

Creditable explanation   [Mark Steyn]

A reader anticipates Senator Obama's statement on fraudulent donations:

This isn’t the credit card machine I knew when I was in the New Party. Anyway, I was only 4 years old when credit card machines were invented.

Meanwhile, don't forget, it's easy and convenient to donate to the Obama campaign with your Visacorn, MessiahCard, God Damn American Express and, for all you investigative reporters out there, your Nothing To Discover card.

 

21 posted on 10/23/2008 2:00:25 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Powell can't endorse McCain...he doesn't have a valid plumbing license..(AmericanUnited))
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To: ncfool

Does that say $20 service fee? OMG And the Tax is terrible too


22 posted on 10/23/2008 2:01:44 PM PDT by queenkathy (Pray 4 Josh... www.carepages.com ( joshuaourwarrior) brain injury from allergy shot)
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To: pissant

How about the unknown origin of millions coming into the O’s coffers? Where’s that complaint?!?


23 posted on 10/23/2008 2:20:08 PM PDT by dmanLA
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To: nuconvert

The idiot brigade is unaware of the IRS allowance for deductions of clothing necessary to perform one’s job. Her wardrobe is specifically allowed as a legitimate expense of her campaign, according to the IRS.
Notwithstanding the legitimacy of the expenditures I have not noticed these same belligerants condemning ANY of the hundreds of millions of dollars in questionable contributions to the O campaign.
This is not a double standard. This is a vendetta.


24 posted on 10/23/2008 2:21:07 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (Here come I, gravitas in tow.)
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To: Amos the Prophet

Banks used to give clothing allowances all the time. Nice attire was expected.

I suppose this group imagines Governor Palin is going to go out hunting moose in a designer suit.

The truth is that they just don’t like how good she looks. They can’t measure up.


25 posted on 10/23/2008 2:32:20 PM PDT by Gummi Bear
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To: pissant
Well, no real surprise here

Melanie Sloan (born 16 December 1965) is the Executive Director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

Prior to starting CREW in 2003, Ms. Sloan served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia where, from 1998-2003, she successfully tried cases before dozens of judges and juries. Before becoming a prosecutor, Ms. Sloan served as Minority Counsel for the House Judiciary Committee, working on criminal justice issues for then-Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI). Ms. Sloan also served as Counsel for the Crime Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by then-Representative Charles Schumer (D-NY). There, she drafted portions of the 1994 Crime Bill, including the Violence Against Women Act. In 1993, Ms. Sloan served as Nominations Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, under then-Chairman Joseph Biden (D-DE).[1]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melanie_Sloan

26 posted on 10/23/2008 2:34:53 PM PDT by Popman (Dont worry Barney Frank has your ass-ets covered!!!)
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To: pissant

Time to file a claim over the wasted expense of the $200,000 columns that were supposed to make obama look princely or something.

$200,000 is the cost (of the stage setting & columns), was mentioned in an article that was describing the surroundings being prepared for his second coming on election night in the park in Chicago.

Has he donated the columns to charity? I bet if Michelle could get her hands on them, she would sock them away in the basement and take them out for special occasions in their little bungalow.

Will be reading about that tomorrow?


27 posted on 10/23/2008 2:35:33 PM PDT by SusaninOhio
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To: ozzymandus
So did Michelle spend $447 on room service lobsters, caviar and champagne, or not?

Not.

28 posted on 10/23/2008 2:39:47 PM PDT by mollynme (cogito, ergo freepum)
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To: ncfool

That receipt has been debunked again and again. Please stop posting it.


29 posted on 10/23/2008 2:42:37 PM PDT by listenhillary (Should we turn Alaska or Texas into our Galt's Gulch?)
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To: Popman
The essentials

Ms. Sloan served as Minority Counsel for the House Judiciary Committee, working on criminal justice issues for then-Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI). Ms. Sloan also served as Counsel for the Crime Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by then-Representative Charles Schumer (D-NY).

30 posted on 10/23/2008 2:44:58 PM PDT by listenhillary (Should we turn Alaska or Texas into our Galt's Gulch?)
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To: pissant

http://www.fec.gov/pages/brochures/complain.shtml

The Federal Election Commission frequently receives questions about how to file a complaint concerning possible violations of federal election campaign laws.1 This brochure explains how to file a complaint with the Commission and describes how complaints are processed.2

I. Filing a Complaint

Any person may file a complaint if he or she believes a violation of the Federal Election Campaign Laws or Commission regulations has occurred or is about to occur. The complaint must be made in writing and sent to the Office of General Counsel, Federal Election Commission, 999 E Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20463. The original must be submitted along with three copies, if possible. Facsimile or e-mail transmissions are not acceptable. A complaint must comply with certain requirements. It must:

* Provide the full name and address of the person filing the complaint (called the complainant); and
* Be signed, sworn to and notarized. This means that the notary public’s certificate must say “...signed and sworn to before me...,” or words that connote the complaint was affirmed by the complainant, (such as “under penalty of perjury”).

Furthermore, in order for a complaint to be considered complete and proper, it should:

* Clearly recite the facts that show specific violations under the Commission’s jurisdiction (citations to the law and regulations are not necessary);
* Clearly identify each person, committee or group that is alleged to have committed a violation (called the respondent);
* Include any documentation supporting the allegations, if available; and
* Differentiate between statements based on the complainant’s (the person who files the complaint) personal knowledge and those based on information and belief. Statements not based on personal knowledge should identify the source of the information.

For self-reported complaints (called “sua sponte” submissions), the submission should include an admission of the violation(s), a complete recitation of the facts along with all relevant documentation that explains how the violation was discovered, the internal actions that were taken in response to the violation and what other agencies, if any, are investigating the violation (or facts surrounding the violation).

The Commission seeks to increase the number of self-reported submissions in order to expedite enforcement of the law. To encourage self-reporting, the Commission will generally negotiate penalties between 25 and 75 percent lower than those for matters arising by other means, such as through complaints or the Commission’s own review of reports. In certain circumstances, the Commission may allow committees who voluntarily report their violations and make a complete report of their internal investigation to proceed directly into conciliation before the Commission makes a finding as to whether there is reason to believe the committee violated campaign finance laws or Commission regulations.3


31 posted on 10/23/2008 2:47:39 PM PDT by listenhillary (Should we turn Alaska or Texas into our Galt's Gulch?)
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To: listenhillary

where was it debunked


32 posted on 10/23/2008 2:49:44 PM PDT by ncfool (Obama stands for The New United Socialist State or "TNUSSA")
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To: listenhillary
Missed an important part.

Ms. Sloan served as Nominations Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, under then-Chairman Joseph Biden (D-DE).[1]

If this was a Pubbie, the media would say she has a conflict of interest

33 posted on 10/23/2008 2:58:07 PM PDT by Popman (Dont worry Barney Frank has your ass-ets covered!!!)
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To: ncfool

http://www.nypost.com/seven/10212008/gossip/pagesix/room_disservice_134490.htm


34 posted on 10/23/2008 3:00:30 PM PDT by listenhillary (Should we turn Alaska or Texas into our Galt's Gulch?)
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To: pissant

The sickness is that they can make people respond viscerally to this until you realize that you are blind, that they never told you that is de rigueur for campaigns and the media refuses to cover the other side. It was the same when Gov Palin made a huge splash at the RNC and the media said - she is reading a speech look, and then showed a picture of her teleprompter as if they were suddenly revealing a giant idiot. Just like the Dems do but no picture of that.

Give us Rezko - there’s someone who helped the Obama’s with their spending.

Go after him.


35 posted on 10/23/2008 4:39:59 PM PDT by Titus-Maximus (Putney Swope Lives!)
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To: ozzymandus
So did Michelle spend $447 on room service lobsters, caviar and champagne, or not?

Not.

October 21, 2008 --

THE source who told us last week about Michelle Obama getting lobster and caviar delivered to her room at the Waldorf-Astoria must have been under the influence of a mind-altering drug. She was not even staying at the Waldorf. We regret the mistake, and our former source is going to regret it, too. Bread and water would be too good for such disinformation.


36 posted on 10/23/2008 10:03:19 PM PDT by drubyfive
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