WASHINGTON – The Republican Party bought to outfit vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.has dismissed a complaint over the $150,000-plus designer wardrobe the
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, the good-government group that filed the complaint, argued that candidates aren't supposed to use donor money for personal expenses such as clothes. The FEC ruled Tuesday that the ban doesn't apply to party money, however.
The Alaska governor was Sen. John McCain's pick for vice president. The purchases from such high-end stores as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus drew criticism for Palin, the self-described hockey mom.
The Republican National Committee told the commission that party money rather than candidate campaign money was used for the purchases.
"We have no information to the contrary," the FEC wrote in its decision.
The RNC also argued that the shopping spree was allowed under campaign finance rules that let the party spend on behalf of and in coordination with presidential campaigns.