FEC Complaint Filed Against Palin and RNC’s Shopping Spree

October 23, 2008 3:20 p.m.
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Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed an FEC complaint today against Sarah Palin and the Republican National Committee for violating federal election law in spending $150,000 outfitting the Alaska governor.

The group claims the excessive spending is a violation of campaign finance law which specifically prohibits candidates from using campaign funds for personal use.

“It is ridiculous that 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 director Melanie Sloan said in a statement. “If the RNC had an extra $150,000 to throw around, there were better alternatives than pricey designer clothes.”

Earlier this week, the RNC responded to possible violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act by stating that all of Palin’s clothes would be donated to charity after the election.

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