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Defending Her $150,000 Shopping Spree, Millionaire Palin Insists She's “Just Average Middle Class”

Reported by Ellen - October 24, 2008 -

Governor Sarah Palin was on Hannity & Colmes again last night (10/23/08) and once again ducked questions from Alan Colmes. But even with the softball-only questions from Sean Hannity, she still tripped up. When asked about that $150,000 shopping spree the RNC sent her on, she insisted she's really a frugal “average middle class” kind of gal who only borrowed the clothes briefly. But the Wall Street Journal has reported that Palin is a millionaire whose combined family income is four and a half times greater than the median income for other Americans. With video.

In Part 2 of the interview, Hannity said, “Let's talk about some of the attacks,” and asked her about the RNC spending $150,000 on clothes for her and her family.

Obviously, it was a sore spot for her. “Those clothes are not my property,” Palin said. “We had three days of usin' clothes that the RNC purchased. If people knew how Todd and I and our kids shop – so frugally. My favorite shop is a consignment shop in Anchorage, Alaska called “Out of the Closet” (Hmmm) and my shoe store is called “Shoe Fly” in Juneau, Alaska. It's not Fifth Avenue type of shopping. But RNC purchasing some clothes that are all gonna – they're either returned or they're going to charity. It's not my property.” She added that charities should get the money.

I'm sure the hard-working “real Americans” who donated their hard-earned money to the RNC are glad to know that it didn't just go to Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. But they might also be wondering if those funds might have been better used to help other GOP candidates struggling in tough races around the country, where the Democrats are poised to make significant gains in the House and Senate. Perhaps the funds could have been used in races with candidates who know what the job they're running for actually entails. But, not surprisingly, Hannity didn't seem to think of that. After all, $150,000 is a drop in the bucket for him.

Nor did Hannity think it worth telling the viewers of the “We report. You decide” network that the expense is just barely legal and only because of a loophole codified into law by the landmark campaign finance law passed by Sen. John McCain.

Instead, Hannity, smiling indulgently, said, “The way I look at it, you're the only person in this race that's not a millionaire.”

Palin said with a big smile, “That's true, too. Yeah, that's true, too. I'll tell you, just average middle class American family.”

Actually, that's NOT true. According to the Wall Street Journal (hardly a liberal publication), the Palins' total assets are worth $1.2 million. The family's combined income last year was $230,000. In 2007, the median income for Alaskans was $64,333 and $50,740 for Americans.