DON'T TAX ME FOR WORKING HARD  5:38 pm October 22, 2008

Sarah Palin May Have To Pay Income Tax On All Those Fancy Clothes

by Jim Newell

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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4tehlulz October 22, 2008 at 5:42 pm

Sarah Palin truly is the gift that keeps on giving; I look forward to her finalizing the destruction of the Republican Party in 2012.

Itsjustme October 22, 2008 at 5:42 pm

I’m willing to forgive her taxes if she will just get the fuck back to Alaska and never be heard from again!

jagorev October 22, 2008 at 5:43 pm

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.

Vewol Mevemont October 22, 2008 at 5:43 pm

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?

Outstando October 22, 2008 at 5:44 pm

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.

hockeymom October 22, 2008 at 5:45 pm

Paying taxes is not pro-American.
So I think the governor will be saying “no thank you” to that whole income tax/socialist thingy.

azw88 October 22, 2008 at 5:45 pm

They should auction them off for ‘charity’…

I bid $10 on the underwear… sniff sniff!

4tehlulz October 22, 2008 at 5:45 pm

[re=143805]jagorev[/re]: GULAG? Is that a division of Prada?

sk1win October 22, 2008 at 5:46 pm

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.

slappypaddy October 22, 2008 at 5:47 pm

She can deduct as business expenses those items of clothing that are semen-stained. That would be all of them.

ManchuCandidate October 22, 2008 at 5:47 pm

Palin 2012 becomes Chained Heat 5: Alaska Breakout

NoWireHangers October 22, 2008 at 5:48 pm

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.

policonoclast October 22, 2008 at 5:48 pm

If she needs to show “practical value,” I’ll totally buy all her used panties, no probs.

S.Luggo October 22, 2008 at 5:48 pm

Auction the clothes before PUMA members and drag queens. That’ll take care of the taxes.

user-of-owls October 22, 2008 at 5:48 pm

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?

sk1win October 22, 2008 at 5:48 pm

[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.

Giant Robot October 22, 2008 at 5:49 pm

[re=143806]Vewol Mevemont[/re]: No tax on the scarf, she got it when she contributed to Obama’s campaign.

azw88 October 22, 2008 at 5:49 pm

She bought the scarf because she thought it showed democratic donkeys engaged in Alaskan nose-to-ass buttsecks!

NoWireHangers October 22, 2008 at 5:49 pm

Shut up, gotcha media! Palin had to wear the scarf to cover her Obama/Biden button!

SayItWithWookies October 22, 2008 at 5:50 pm

What does Sarah know from donkeys? She thought they were caribou that had shed their antlers.

shoeho October 22, 2008 at 5:50 pm

[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.

bluetom00 October 22, 2008 at 5:50 pm


shortsshortsshorts October 22, 2008 at 5:50 pm

[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.

tiger October 22, 2008 at 5:50 pm

Oh god please send her back to her snow fortress…she’s wicked. And tacky.

jagorev October 22, 2008 at 5:51 pm

Our first item is a pair of panties confiscated by the IRS from Sarah Palin’s wardrobe…

StrangelyBrown October 22, 2008 at 5:51 pm

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.

BillyClubb October 22, 2008 at 5:51 pm

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!)

NoWireHangers October 22, 2008 at 5:51 pm

Sure, she’s wearing a donkey voter scarf, but her suit is made of elephant dung.

S.Luggo October 22, 2008 at 5:52 pm

[re=143829]NoWireHangers[/re]: You mean the hicky that Levi planted on her.

Truculent October 22, 2008 at 5:53 pm

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.

problemwithcaring October 22, 2008 at 5:54 pm

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?

Anonymous Office Zombie October 22, 2008 at 5:54 pm

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.

azw88 October 22, 2008 at 5:55 pm

[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.

AnnieGetYourFun October 22, 2008 at 5:55 pm

[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.

friendlynerd October 22, 2008 at 5:57 pm

She’ll just put the gosh-darn things on ebay! Except she won’t.

azw88 October 22, 2008 at 5:57 pm

I want to buy Bristol’s undies too…. is that wrong???

AnnieGetYourFun October 22, 2008 at 5:57 pm

“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?

Kev-O-Tron October 22, 2008 at 6:00 pm

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…

StupidGeek October 22, 2008 at 6:02 pm

It’s OK, Sarah! Just make like Joe the Plumber and don’t bothe paying those pesky taxes.

spencer October 22, 2008 at 6:04 pm

So is she going to give back the haircut as well?

Keram2 October 22, 2008 at 6:04 pm

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.

bc October 22, 2008 at 6:06 pm

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….

blader October 22, 2008 at 6:06 pm


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

yeah mob!!!

MISTAHCOUGHDROP October 22, 2008 at 6:06 pm

She should charge the people of Alaska for those fancy outfits. Little snow castle fundraiser.

elcapitan October 22, 2008 at 6:07 pm

[re=143804]Itsjustme[/re]: Yeah, but if she goes away, that means McCain has a shot at winning…

Lazy Media October 22, 2008 at 6:08 pm

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.

edgydrifter October 22, 2008 at 6:09 pm

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!

Jim Newell October 22, 2008 at 6:15 pm

[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?

problemwithcaring October 22, 2008 at 6:19 pm

[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.

druranium October 22, 2008 at 6:20 pm

[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.

azw88 October 22, 2008 at 6:25 pm

[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!

Polly Sigh-Entist October 22, 2008 at 6:27 pm

[re=143823]user-of-owls[/re]: It’s not a Tent it’s a YURT!

edgydrifter October 22, 2008 at 6:28 pm

[re=143881]druranium[/re]: Mmmmm… cuda musk.

rocktonsammy October 22, 2008 at 6:28 pm

Being Mavericky doesn’t come cheap baby!

lawrenceofthedesert October 22, 2008 at 6:29 pm

I think she got the outfits from the Marv Albert collection.

NoWireHangers October 22, 2008 at 6:31 pm

[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.

Jedd October 22, 2008 at 6:32 pm

Obviously, Sarah believes in “Shopping First”!

user-of-owls October 22, 2008 at 6:32 pm

[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?

Kev-O-Tron October 22, 2008 at 6:34 pm

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.

user-of-owls October 22, 2008 at 6:34 pm

[re=143887]azw88[/re]: It takes a village to pay off its idiot’s debt.

Rush October 22, 2008 at 6:38 pm

I hear Joe the Plumber’s wife is first in line for the boostier and Janet Jackson nipple clamps.

Dave J. October 22, 2008 at 6:38 pm

[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.

problemwithcaring October 22, 2008 at 6:39 pm

[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!

Rush October 22, 2008 at 6:42 pm


Take is easy buddy, life is not all bad. At least you have your avitars…..:)

Gopherit October 22, 2008 at 6:45 pm

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.

shortsshortsshorts October 22, 2008 at 6:45 pm

[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.

NoWireHangers October 22, 2008 at 6:46 pm

[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.

problemwithcaring October 22, 2008 at 6:51 pm

[re=143830]SayItWithWookies[/re]: The scarf was on sale at Wal-Mart. Only $7,300.

OzoneTom October 22, 2008 at 6:52 pm

[re=143851]azw88[/re]: They would probably be classified as biohazards and not allowed to be sold (i.e. Herpes, HPV, etc.)

azw88 October 22, 2008 at 6:55 pm

[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!

Gopherit October 22, 2008 at 7:01 pm

By the way, in Arizona, her travel expenses for family as governor would be a taxable compensation. Just food for thought.

azw88 October 22, 2008 at 7:01 pm

[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….

Gopherit October 22, 2008 at 7:02 pm

[re=143887]azw88[/re]: that’s probably a taxable gift, too. Vicious fucking circle.


JSDC007 October 22, 2008 at 7:05 pm

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.

shortsshortsshorts October 22, 2008 at 7:06 pm

[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.

azw88 October 22, 2008 at 7:08 pm

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!”

LarryFeltonJ October 22, 2008 at 7:10 pm

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?”.

Gopherit October 22, 2008 at 7:12 pm

[re=143924]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: But if it wasn’t then the state shouldn’t have paid in the first place. En guarde!

shortsshortsshorts October 22, 2008 at 7:16 pm

[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.

Gopherit October 22, 2008 at 7:16 pm

[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.

spencer October 22, 2008 at 7:17 pm

[re=143926]azw88[/re]: I think we have discovered Zeno’s paradox of the tax world. HE WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO PAY OFF HIS TAXES. CCCP!

StupidGeek October 22, 2008 at 7:18 pm

[re=143911]NoWireHangers[/re]: I highly doubt they would pay for your liberal elitist education.

j6n October 22, 2008 at 7:19 pm

Expenditures like these are what took down the Giuianni campaign.

jbd October 22, 2008 at 7:21 pm

[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.

RobPetrified October 22, 2008 at 7:23 pm

I actually know a woman who makes money selling her used panties on the internets.
Livin’ the American dream….

azw88 October 22, 2008 at 7:29 pm

[re=143945]RobPetrified[/re]: And that is why the terrists hate on us! they hate our freedom to sell women’s used undies on the ‘nets!

Kwame' October 22, 2008 at 7:32 pm

Just think of the psychological torture she will endure once she has to go back to TJ Maxx and Marshall’s.

Dave J. October 22, 2008 at 7:35 pm

[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.

sike101 October 22, 2008 at 7:36 pm

looks like the IRS might be rearing its head, also, such as.

Anonymous Office Zombie October 22, 2008 at 7:40 pm

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.

Anonymous Office Zombie October 22, 2008 at 7:43 pm

A Kos link with video for anybody who want’s to hear the beautiful description for themselves.

smellyal8r October 22, 2008 at 7:49 pm

[re=143851]azw88[/re]: Not if I can buy a pair of Levi’s briefs….

trophy(forparticipation)wife October 22, 2008 at 7:50 pm

Two more weeks and it’s back to the qiveut separates.

smellyal8r October 22, 2008 at 7:55 pm

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.

shortsshortsshorts October 22, 2008 at 8:04 pm

[re=143967]smellyal8r[/re]: That was quite a lot there

Gopherit October 22, 2008 at 8:06 pm

[re=143973]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: ahaha Shorts has discovered tags.

Kwame' October 22, 2008 at 8:07 pm

Ok, I’m confused. Who the fuck gave PIPER a Louis Vuitton bag? I just saw her carrying one in the HuffPo slide show of shame.

AnglRdr October 22, 2008 at 8:09 pm

[re=143973]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: Yeah, shorts!

theycallmeonion October 22, 2008 at 8:15 pm

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….

smellyal8r October 22, 2008 at 8:20 pm

[re=143973]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: Well…what can I say. I actually am trying to keep my emotions in check.

cranchop October 22, 2008 at 8:21 pm

$150,000? Too bad for her that this didn’t happen next year under Barry’s tax plan.

theycallmeonion October 22, 2008 at 8:22 pm

[re=143978]theycallmeonion[/re]: [re=143978]theycallmeonion[/re]: ‘scuse me: vice president in red pleather….

shortsshortsshorts October 22, 2008 at 8:23 pm

[re=143982]smellyal8r[/re]: I think each and every one of those awesome points deserve more of your attention.

smellyal8r October 22, 2008 at 8:23 pm

Kwame’: I suspect LVMH sent her one. It’s all product placement.

LarryFeltonJ October 22, 2008 at 8:26 pm


Yikes! You just put the image in my head of Dick Cheney in red leather!

spencer October 22, 2008 at 8:28 pm

[re=143942]jbd[/re]: I am pretty sure Alaska retarded children come from donkey punching, ergo her scarf.

TeddyS October 22, 2008 at 8:30 pm

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.

tinybubbles October 22, 2008 at 8:32 pm

[re=143832]bluetom00[/re]: love it!

theycallmeonion October 22, 2008 at 8:34 pm

[re=143988]LarryFeltonJ[/re]: ewwww, no, no, no, a thousand times NO!

wallythepug October 22, 2008 at 8:34 pm

Who wants those jackets with her pit stains? Ewwww.

LarryFeltonJ October 22, 2008 at 8:44 pm


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.

wrenchdevil October 22, 2008 at 9:02 pm

…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?

hockeymom October 22, 2008 at 9:09 pm

I believe that’s fine corinthian leather, actually.

Canmon (the Inadequate) October 22, 2008 at 9:17 pm

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.

Clancy_Pants October 22, 2008 at 9:19 pm

Check out the stylish simple white t-shirt standing behind Caribou Barbi’s latest Paris fashion

supremecourtjester October 22, 2008 at 9:23 pm

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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queeraselvis v 2.0 October 22, 2008 at 9:24 pm

Is that an Hermes scarf? Elitist! And a jackass to boot!

iwillsavethispatient October 22, 2008 at 9:32 pm

[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?

SwanSwanH October 22, 2008 at 9:35 pm

[re=144021]queeraselvis v 2.0[/re]: That neckwear is in the tank for Obama.

bitchincamaro October 22, 2008 at 9:38 pm

[re=143996]wallythepug[/re]: I do. She’s also been lactating in that thing.

shortsshortsshorts October 22, 2008 at 9:42 pm

[re=144023]iwillsavethispatient[/re]: You are right. It is legal :(

Hooray For Anything October 22, 2008 at 9:42 pm

She’s just trying to make a statement about Fabio the Fashion Consultant and MaryKate the Personal Shopper

Jim Newell October 22, 2008 at 9:45 pm

[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.

iwillsavethispatient October 22, 2008 at 9:46 pm

[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.

shortsshortsshorts October 22, 2008 at 10:11 pm

[re=144031]Jim Newell[/re]: She can always bribe the IRS with moose heads.

Slutty_Chola_Cobbler October 22, 2008 at 10:12 pm

[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.

rocktonsammy October 22, 2008 at 10:13 pm


you and your fucking lists, what are you, Esquire Magazine?

WadISay October 22, 2008 at 10:18 pm

Rudy 9ui11iani and Larry Craig will be at each other’s throat for these duds when they come on the market.

Johnny Zhivago October 22, 2008 at 11:02 pm

What the hell size is Palin? I mean she looked the same when she was 8 months pregnant. I’d say probably a 16, which is Rudy’s size too.

CreationSchwarzkopfPalin October 22, 2008 at 11:24 pm

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.

Beans October 22, 2008 at 11:32 pm

[re=143945]RobPetrified[/re]: Someone sells her used panties? How exactly does that work? I’ve got a VISA that could use some serious paying off.

Hairy Reed October 22, 2008 at 11:41 pm

[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.

jasonelias October 22, 2008 at 11:58 pm

Lindsay Graham has dibs on the red jacket….

BobLoblawLawBlog October 23, 2008 at 7:47 am

[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.

queeraselvis v 2.0 October 23, 2008 at 9:01 am

[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.

gom October 23, 2008 at 9:44 am

um, hello everyone


TGY October 23, 2008 at 9:57 am

Bah, some of us would like to see her with no clothes at all. Just before she goes back to Alaska for good.

thefrontpage October 23, 2008 at 9:59 am

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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