When news broke that Gov. Sarah Palin and her family managed to spend $150,000 of other people’s money on clothes after joining the McCain ticket, many scratched their heads. Is that legal?
Thanks to a loophole in federal law the answer, experts say, is yes.
Handily, the loophole was codified into law by the landmark campaign finance law passed by her ticketmate, Sen. John McCain.
It would be illegal for the McCain-Palin campaign to buy a new wardrobe for Palin and her husband, say campaign finance lawyers contacted by ABCNews.com. But the law is silent on whether such purchases can be made by the Republican National Committee (RNC).
“The party committee has much greater latitude,” said Kenneth Gross, a federal election lawyer. “I think it is permissible for the party committee to make that judgment.”- abc
Big deal. She is in the running to be the vice president of the most powerful nation in the world. In 2001, Clinton raised the salary of a US President to $400,000 per year. — Cripes! Do you realize GW Bush is getting paid $400,000 per year!? — Anyway, it is interesting that the GOP spent over 1/4 the annual salary of the President for clothes for its would be Vice President. From another angle, Vice President Cheney makes $203,000 per year salary. — Cripes! Do you realize Dick Cheney is getting paid $203,000 per year!? — Anyway, a lot of rich companies have already paid a lot for a slice of this upcoming election, and they should get to dress up their candidate a bit, you know, have a little fun.