From AP.com: AP INVESTIGATION: Alaska funded Palin kids’ travel
Gov. Sarah Palin charged the state for her children to travel with her, including to events where they were not invited, and later amended expense reports to specify that they were on official business.
The charges included costs for hotel and commercial flights for three daughters to join Palin to watch their father in a snowmobile race, and a trip to New York, where the governor attended a five-hour conference and stayed with 17-year-old Bristol for five days and four nights in a luxury hotel.
And from a previous post from today…
From Politico.com: RNC shells out $150K for Palin fashion
The Republican National Committee has spent more than $150,000 to clothe and accessorize vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her family since her surprise pick by John McCain in late August.
Palin says that it’s all part of her unannounced women’s economic stimulus plan that she’s testing. If it works for her, she’s going to recommend that all women support the economy by buying $150,000 of clothing, shoes, and hair products.
From SFGate.com: RNC Drops $150,000 for Palin Family Makeover
We understand that the veep needs to look presentable, if not professional, on the campaign trail. But at what point does a down-home, moose-huntin’ gal begin to appear out of touch with Americans? The $150,000 is as much as American households spend on apparel and services in 80 years.
Our final questions: New York? Minnesota? St. Louis? And those are right-leaning polls. Why doesn’t Palin shop in what she herself referred to as, “real America”?
Seriously, how is Palin a reformer when she manages to milk the system for all its worth?
Thanks to Doug for sending me the Alaska travel story.