Going on giant Republican shopping sprees at Neiman Marcus isn't something worth screaming about, says the Federal Election Commission. In a 5-0 vote last month, the FEC determined that Sarah Palin's $75,000 shopping spree in Minneapolis and other shopping trips totalling $150,000 were legit. The shopping trips didn't violate rules of campaign cash use because it was paid for by a political party and not a candidate's funding stream.
The complaint was presented by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).
A response from Palin's spokeswoman:
Palin spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton used the FEC decision to reiterate her boss' positions that she was the victim of media bias and that campaign handlers were behind the shopping spree.
"We are pleased to learn that all the purchases and decisions made by senior campaign staffers, and paid for by the RNC and returned to the RNC, were all done according to the law," Stapleton said in a statement. "It is difficult to reconcile the obsessive reference to clothing on the campaign trail with any legitimate political issue and that leaves the unsettling conclusion that Governor Palin is the single national political figure who is critiqued on policy, family and clothing. When people start asking details about the personal effects of other candidates, then maybe the double standard will be eliminated."