Complaint filed over Palin clothing purchases

October 23, 2008 1:58:52 PM PDT
A private watchdog group has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission over Sarah Palin's new wardrobe. The complaint alleges that the purchase of clothing for Palin and her family violates the Federal Election Campaign Act.

It was filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, and it names Palin, the Republican National Committee and several political operatives.

The watchdog group notes that the regulations clearly apply to clothing -- but not to items donated by the candidates to charity. The group says that exception might apply to Palin's clothing, but doesn't appear to apply to clothes for her family.

John McCain was asked several times today about the decision by the Republican Party to buy Palin $150,000 in clothes, hair styling and accessories.

Each time, he responded that Palin needed clothes, and that they'll be donated to charity at the end of the campaign.

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