In the tank ABC reporter Jake Tapper has spoken to a purportedly “well-respected” tax attorney who believes that Sarah Palin will have to declare that $150,000 worth of fancy convention clothes as income, because her excuse that they were “borrowed” from the RNC is kind of, well, wrong.

Palin’s situation is not like that common thing that you women always do, where you borrow each others’ dresses for special occasions and then return them afterwards. Sarah Palin is not, say, borrowing a dress from the RNC’s closet because she shares the same size with it and/or the RNC had already worn that dress to Prom the week before and OBVS can’t wear it in public for at least like another year; that would be so embarrassing for the RNC and it would lose all of its friends. It’s more like Sarah Palin wore the RNC’s dress and got wine or semen all over it, so what’s the point of returning it?:

“It’s probably not a ‘gift,'” he said. “The issue is whether it counts as ‘income.'”

Palin’s claim that the pricey duds belong to the RNC and she’s just “borrowing” them and will return them later, reminds him, he says, of some of the issues going on in the prosecution of Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska. (Some of the issues, he specified, not the allegations of criminality.)

“This is exactly the issue with the Stevens case,” he said. “When you loan something to someone can you call it a ‘loan’ if, upon its return, it has no practical value?

“The consensus view is she would have to count the wardrobe as income at least in the amount of the fair value of the rental of the wardrobe,” he said.

Because who’s going to wear this RNC dress after Sarah Palin returns it, anyway? Whichever random lady vice presidential candidate who emerges to an avalanche of mockery in 2012? No no, we know Palin well enough to know that she’s trashy enough to keep this junk after she loses. She’ll wear it around the house everyday in Alaska while chugging boxed blush wine and murmuring into space about lipstick; her hair completely disheveled with little Piper, there in the background, scrubbing out her mother’s red-and-yellow vomit stains from the carpet.

Oh, and that’s a fancy expensive scarf she’s wearing in the accompanying photo. It’s covered in donkeys, the symbol of the Democratic party.

Tax Expert: Palin Has to Declare Clothes [ABC News]
Photo via Fishbowl LA

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  1. She’s lucky this is coming out now before Barack Obama imposes his Stalinist regime and sends all Neiman Marcus shoppers to the GULAG and SPREADS THEIR WEALTH AROUND.

  2. The donkeys are the most remarkable part of this. Is she such a complete imbecile that she can’t understand that the scarf is plainly pro-Dem?

  3. They’ll auction those clothes off and raise a shitload of money. Larry Flynt, for example, probably has three or four fetishes lighting up already. Like fucking hypocritical politicians in public. So, he’ll buy some of the clothes, and so will Charlie Crist, because he likes to wear red leather.

  4. If Palin is the gift that keeps giving, can I claim her and her brood of retards as dependents? If there are any CPA’s out there who are in the tank for me, please advise.

  5. I’m trembling with the power of one million sweet sweet low-hanging jackass, donkey, ass, dumbass, asshole, classy ass, classless ass, donkey punch jokes.

  6. At least two things wrong with this story:

    1) “Well-respected” and tax attorney not separated by a period, comma, ellipsis or other grammatical device indicating the two phrases are mutually exclusive.

    2) Everyone knows the RNC’s wardrobe is a big tent, which would not fit America’s Next Secessionist Model. Right?

  7. [re=143806]Vewol Mevemont[/re]: I particularly like the word ‘vote’ on the scarf. In case there was any doubt about what the scarf represents. She is too stupid to live.

  8. [re=143812]azw88[/re]: I’m betting that after all the MSM attention, this is what they are going to have to do, and say it was the intention all the time. You KNOW those nutty old dudes who think Anne Coulter is hot will pay big bucks for one of the Governesses outfits, particularly if it has not been drycleaned.

  9. [re=143816]sk1win[/re]: I think with all the gifts Barbie has given to us, we will have to report her on our income tax. SARAH PALIN IS NOT A LOAN, after all.

  10. People, please. Obviously she’s going to be able to sell all of her preworn clothes at high markups to Palin fetishists (read: the staff of the NRO Corner) when this election is over. Problem solved.

  11. What is it about Palin and Sen. Ted Stevens? Is Alaska some sort of toy store for them; they take what they want and the taxpayers get to pay for it? These two have collected so much swag over the last few years — make me want to run for office in Alaska.

    I am Billy Clubb and I approve of this message (and all the stuff I’ll get for free!)

  12. Hey, she didn’t want the clothes, but the RNC came to her house and just left them there. She asked they be taken away but those bad old men wouldn’t listen. So she’s just keeping them in her closet until someone comes and takes those borrowed dresses back to their rightful owners.

  13. The media needs to stop worrying about whether regular Americans like Joe the Plunger and Sarah the regrettable VP pick pay their socialist progressive taxes, and talk about what real Americans want to know. Who in Congress holds anti-American views?

  14. Because who’s going to wear this RNC dress after Sarah Palin returns it, anyway?

    Ahem, I believe one Rudy Guliani may be so inclined.

  15. [re=143826]Giant Robot[/re]: But did she leave the RNC credit card behind in the RNC office like this moran in AZ???

    Nothing like leaving PROOF that you are spying on the enemy behind when you do your spying.

  16. [re=143838]StrangelyBrown[/re]: You are correct, I fear.

    But seriously, how do Republicans believe for a second that these asshats represent the average American? Joe Sixpack? Hockey moms? Lucky for the GOP that their followers are too stupid to notice that they are being swindled.

  17. “With all of the important issues facing the country right now, it’s remarkable that we’re spending time talking about pantsuits and blouses,” said spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt. “It was always the intent that the clothing go to a charitable purpose after the campaign.”

    That’s a GOP spokesperson. There’s just so much logic there that I feel like my head might explode. The issues, people. We’re talking about the issues.

    Also, does Palin wear pansuits, or is that a shoutout to Hillz?

  18. Gee what a great day the McCain campaign is having, hmm? The Al Qaida endorsement, Giuliani robocalls, Jeff Larson, $150,000.00 shopping spree….

    If I weren’t in danger of losing my job because MY COMPANY IS FUCKING COLLAPSING UNDER ME I might find it mildly entertaining. I see a dangerous happy hour in my future today…

  19. Because who’s going to wear this RNC dress after Sarah Palin returns it, anyway?

    Joe the crossdressing plumber, that’s who! I mean, we know they’re practically the same person.

  20. None of these clothes are suitable for moose hunting, or tanning booth time, maybe she’ll hand them down to Pistol, Willard and whatever the other daughters name is….

  21. [re=143802]4tehlulz[/re]:

    Yeah, she’s like a menstruating Frankenstein, animated by Kristol, she’ll destroy her creators before the mob finally takes her down

    yeah mob!!!

  22. MISTAHCOUGHDROP: You will note the absence of alt text on Jim Newell posts, because, while he is an otherwise stellar human being and razor wit, he is a lazy fuck who despises his audience.

  23. Once–just this once–I will stick up for Governor Crazee-Freez, but purely for selfish reasons. If she gets all this crap gratis with no tax liability it sets precedent. And using that precedent I’m going to claim an asssssssssssssssload of “work-related” deductions next year. Woohoo!

  24. [re=143868]Lazy Media[/re]: Hey now, I used alt-text on maybe two whole posts today! My rationale has always been, don’t I give you people enough barely mediocre jokes in the posts themselves?

  25. [re=143856]Kev-O-Tron[/re]: Don’t forget “being in charge of the Senate.” Also, work in non-profits. Then recession or not, your firm will ALWAYS be on the verge of collapse.

  26. [re=143838]StrangelyBrown[/re]: Hey, yes! If she sells the clothes to the NRO staff they can roll around in her musk all day and have PERMANENT STARBURSTS FOREVER. Problem solved.

  27. [re=143858]StupidGeek[/re]: Joe’s back taxes have been paid… some dumbfuckers had a radio show athon to raise money to pay Joes back taxes…..

    Nothing like others paying YOUR share, eh JOE???

    Cheap-assed lazy fuck!

  28. [re=143876]Jim Newell[/re]: Don’t I give you people enough barely mediocre jokes in the posts themselves?

    Clearly the answer is no, Jim.

  29. [re=143876]Jim Newell[/re]: Jeez, Jim. First you put ‘well-respected’ and ‘tax lawyer’ together, then ‘barely mediocre.’ Did I miss the Wonkette Casual Oxymoron Day memo?

  30. If you want a real clear picture of just how off the rails this campaign has gone tune into Hardball later. Mathews just interviewed Chuck Todd and Brian Williams and debriefed them on their interview with the McCain campaign. Shit sounds tense on the ‘ol Straight Talk Express.

    ALSO!!! In the interview, much to the dismay of campaign officials, Palin has agreed to release her medical records!!! I feel better now.

  31. [re=143898]Kev-O-Tron[/re]: Palin’s releasing her medical records? Great, more jack-off fodder for the NRO fetishists. They’ll be ALL OVER those pap smear tests.

  32. [re=143898]Kev-O-Tron[/re]: Can we guess the preconditions? I say , all medical journalist will have 13 seconds to read her medical reports, written on 75 Snellen eye charts and posted 20 feet away on the other side of the room and all will be required to wear 3-D glasses. Go!

  33. So she’s going to lose as veep, get impeached for troopergate and taking her kids on trips on the public tit, and THEN get hit with a $60K tax bill? I am so aroused right now.

  34. [re=143887]azw88[/re]: I call it Socialism. There is no greater re-distribution of wealth that has ever occurred in the U.S., other then of course the bailout passed by a Republican administration.

  35. [re=143887]azw88[/re]: WTF? So the moral is, don’t pay taxes, make someone else pay your share? How do I become a Republican meme? I’ve got some student loans I need paid off.

  36. [re=143911]NoWireHangers[/re]: I was thinking that, but on a much grander scale…. Student loan, mortgage, credit cards, auto loan, my kids’ lunch bills @ school, and maybe some $$ to set up an open tab at the local strip joint!

  37. [re=143915]OzoneTom[/re]: eww…. I was just hoping for some hot-sex smell left over from an exploratory by the tattooed finger of the ‘fuckin redneck’. (or did his myspace profile say that he was “FUCKING a redneck” instead of “A fucking redneck”

    either way, I want her and mom’s panties….. I want to e-bay them! You know that ass-clown @ NRO wants them for masturbation material….

  38. She’ll donate them to Joe the plumber and Joe Six pack, so that they can sell them, make $150,00, spend the $$$ on cheetos and meth, and then bitch about social security.

    Its just the way its done.

  39. [re=143918]Gopherit[/re]: The argument is whether those events would fall under the auspices of “officiall BizNiSS,” which obviously they do not, but HEY it’s Alaska you can do ANYTHING there.

  40. True.. hadn’t thought about that, but then the tax on $1700 would be only a couple of C-notes… then another radio-athon to pay that off, resulting in about 30 dollars in taxes…. leading to another Radio-athon, resulting in 2-3 dollars in taxes, and thus another Radio-athon and so on and so-forth until the cheap, lying UNLICENSED bastard can pick up a few pennies from the sidewalk to cover his debt, thus allowing him to proclaim “I pay my own debts!”

  41. It’s amazing to me that given the scrutiny directed toward the political culture in Alaska, Sarah Palin’s handlers didn’t think these things through systematically and carefully. I truly believe that in the debauched civic landscape in Governor Palin’s state she really does qualify as a reformer. Unfortunately that’s like being the nicest pirate on Blackbeard’s ship. So it seems someone on McCain’s sinking ship would’ve asked the question “How is this going to look when it’s (inevitably) reported?”.

  42. [re=143931]Gopherit[/re]: Right. Totally agree with you there, but we all know that Bristol had a very important meeting with her advisers in Juneau that one time.

  43. [re=143926]azw88[/re]: It’s like that whole thing where Oprah gave everyone in her audience a car, but didn’t pay the tax an license. That was gold.

  44. [re=143827]azw88[/re]: That’s so radically insensitive. Alaskan nose-to-ass buttsex is how you create retard kids. She’s just trying to celebrate her diversity.

  45. [re=143945]RobPetrified[/re]: What does she charge? I’m not in the market, just wondering how you determine the price for something like that. Is she a famous adult star, or is she just a random lady who sells her used underwear? As you can tell, I’m fascinated.

  46. [re=143898]Kev-O-Tron[/re]:
    Just caught that Hardballz segment, and my mood has gone from politically exhausted to gleefully anticipatory.

    Zero chemistry and awkward body language between McCain and Palin, a pervasive feeling of doom in a McCain camp that seems on the brink of anarchy and mutual self-destruction, mwahahhahahhahaaa! When it’s coming from Chuck Todd you know this has got to be more than your usual overhyped info.

  47. This is the best news all week. Who’s a celebrity now, Steve Schmidt? Some chick who doesn’t pay for her own clothes? Sounds like those women down the red carpet at every awards show. Wearing a Democratic scarf? Check, just like le Streisand. She’s sold out and discovered all the fun of the lower 48. Wonder if she and Todd still want Alaska to secede? Plus, the governor of Alaska doesn’t have “handlers”, just a couple of recent poli sci grads from DeVry who answer the phone and change diapers.

  48. I hate to be the sober one here, especially since I am not sober (what’s the matter with you people??) but someone should at least point out that this answer–that the clothes will be given to charity/rudy 9iu11iani–would only be accurate if they were planning on losing the election. I mean, if she were gonna be vice president, she’d need to keep the clothes . . . right?

    mmmm…vice president in red leather….

  49. Tina Fey is demanding that SNL provide an equal wardrobe so she can stay in character. Wait. Tina makes enough money (earned through the old socialistic way of working for it) that she can buy those outfits herself.

  50. [re=143994]theycallmeonion[/re]:

    Gawwww!!!!! It just got worse. The image is now Dick Cheney in a red leather version of one of those red plaid hunting outfits with the floppy eared caps like my mother forced me to wear even in these relatively warm Georgia winters in my 1950s childhood. This is getting to the point of serious delirium.

  51. …adding to the recurring fantasy, first it was the ball gag to shut Palin up, then it was the addition of rope brought by some Florida redneck to the Palin/KKK rally in Jacksonville, now I can add red heels …next?

  52. This makes no sense. She is someone running for office and these are campaign expenses, just like travel or food. They need to be declared and they were. It is not income any more than an dress that an actress wears onstage and then returns.

  53. She may have a bigger problem than taxes–clothes are an illegal campaign contribution.

    See 2 USC 439b(2)(B)

    (a) Permitted uses
    A contribution accepted by a candidate, and any other donation received by an individual as support for activities of the individual as a holder of Federal office, may be used by the candidate or individual–
    (1) for otherwise authorized expenditures in connection with the campaign for Federal office of the candidate or individual;
    (2) for ordinary and necessary expenses incurred in connection with duties of the individual as a holder of Federal office;
    (3) for contributions to an organization described in section 170 (c) of title26;
    (4) for transfers, without limitation, to a national, State, or local committee of a political party;
    (5) for donations to State and local candidates subject to the provisions of State law; or
    (6) for any other lawful purpose unless prohibited by subsection (b) of this section.
    (b) Prohibited use
    (1) In general
    A contribution or donation described in subsection (a) of this section shall not be converted by any person to personal use.
    (2) Conversion
    For the purposes of paragraph (1), a contribution or donation shall be considered to be converted to personal use if the contribution or amount is used to fulfill any commitment, obligation, or expense of a person that would exist irrespective of the candidate’s election campaign or individual’s duties as a holder of Federal office, including–
    (A) a home mortgage, rent, or utility payment;
    (B) a clothing purchase;
    (C) a noncampaign-related automobile expense;
    (D) a country club membership;
    (E) a vacation or other noncampaign-related trip;
    (F) a household food item;
    (G) a tuition payment;
    (H) admission to a sporting event, concert, theater, or other form of entertainment not associated with an election campaign; and
    (I) dues, fees, and other payments to a health club or recreational facility.

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  54. [re=144020]supremecourtjester[/re]: Err… I don’t think that’s relevant unless they received the clothes as a contribution to their campaign. By the sounds of it, they used campaign money to buy the clothes. Am I missing something?

  55. [re=144015]Canmon (the Inadequate)[/re]: They were purchased by the RNC, not the campaign, and given to her — not the campaign — and clothing can’t be deducted as a business expense if it’s not an explicit work uniform… I doubt she’ll have to pay anything as long as she donates them to charity (at which point they’ll be sold on eBay for 10 million dollars, which is kind of great for whichever lucky hobo nabs them). She obviously can’t keep them and should probably just ditch them now, lest the IRS decide they’re deliciously taxable gifts.

  56. [re=144029]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: I am iwillsavethispatient the amateur lawyer. DOn’T tAX Me FOR WORKING HaRD!!!!11one

    Anyway, I’d much rather the McCain campaign spend their money on nice clothes than Robocalls.

  57. [re=144015]Canmon (the Inadequate)[/re]: $75,000 dollars @ Neiman is an expense???
    Didn’t the Post have to retract a story where they claimed Michelle obama was at the Waldorf hotel and she ordered Caviar and Lobster? If that were true, people would be fuming… So whay is MRS. PRO-AMERICA, MAVERICKY, SARAH THE SAM’S CLUB SHOPPER, EBAY PLANE SELLER were thousand dollar shoes and jackets?

    If McCain were smart, he’d get her head oil changed and implant a GOOGLE chip somewhere in one of the cerebral corners.

  58. The RNC had to pony up for the fancy glasses and wig, too.
    Her bald head and Werner Klemperer monocle only appealed to most of the base.

  59. [re=144020]supremecourtjester[/re]: Unfortunately, it may not count, since it was purchased for her by the RNC, and that money could have come from any number of places, including Republican leadership PAC money.

  60. [re=143834]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: Oh, she’s a loan awright. And I’m prepared to pay her back to Alaska, from whence she came, with Bachmann thrown in as interest.

    BTW the Palin name game is over. She just gave an interview to People (that hard-hitting magazine with those gotcha questions) in which she said she’s always wanted a son named Zamboni. This was after spending a bunch of time saying she’s really an intellectual.

  61. [re=144242]BobLoblawLawBlog[/re]: Well yea, naming her son Zamboni seems only fitting. After all, that’s Todd’s nick for his wee willie winkle.

  62. What Palin didn’t mention are these other official duties of the Vice President of the United States:

    1. He manages the White House Kitchen.

    2. He manages the Office of White House Protocol.

    3. He manages the secretive National Intelligence Agency (NIA), a division of the Executive Branch, that sends clandestine spy teams to rough spots to wipe out terrorists, rogues, operatives, insurgents, gangsters, spies, ruffians, arms traffickers, drug dealers, murderers, mobsters, villians, dictators, gunrunners, pirates and jewel thieves.

    4. He manages the White House Gift Shoppe.

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