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Q: Who Is The Highest Paid Person In McCain's Campaign?

jpeyton

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What's the perfect compliment to a $150,000 wardrobe?

How about a $46,000/month makeup artist and a $20,000/month hair stylist?

The hockey mom who's fighting for "Joe six-pack" definitely has some elite taste, and I'm not sure it's resonating in a positive way with Americans. It's also proving to be a distraction during the home-stretch of the Presidential race, where every news cycle counts.

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Who was the highest paid individual in Senator John McCain?s presidential campaign during the first half of October as it headed down the homestretch?

Not Randy Scheunemann, Mr. McCain?s chief foreign policy adviser; not Nicolle Wallace, his senior communications staffer. It was Amy Strozzi, Gov. Sarah Palin?s traveling makeup artist, according to a new filing with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday night.

Ms. Strozzi, who was nominated for an Emmy award for her makeup work on the television show ?So You Think You Can Dance??, was paid $22,800 for the first two weeks of October alone, according to the records. The campaign categorized Ms. Strozzi?s payment as ?Personnel Svc/Equipment.?

In addition, Angela Lew, who is Ms. Palin?s traveling hair stylist, got $10,000 for ?Communications Consulting? in the first half of October. Ms. Lew?s address listed in F.E.C. records traces to an Angela M. Lew in Thousands Oaks, Calif., which matches with a license issued by the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. The board said Ms. Lew works at a salon called Hair Grove in Westlake Village, Calif.

W Magazine?s blog reported earlier this month that ?the Guv has been traveling with a hairstylist named Angela, who usually works out of a salon called the Hair Grove,? and that she was directed to the salon by none other than Cindy McCain, whose own hair stylist, Piper, works at the Hair Grove as well.

The campaign?s payment on Oct. 10 to Ms. Strozzi made her the single highest-paid individual in the campaign for that two week period. (There were more than two-dozen companies that got larger payments than Ms. Strozzi). She easily beat out Mr. Scheunemann, who received $12,500 in the first half of October, and Ms. Wallace, who got $12,000. Ms. Lew was the fourth highest paid person in the campaign during that span.

In September, Ms. Strozzi, who was first identified by the Washington Post this week as Ms. Palin?s makeup artist, was also paid $13,200 for ?communications consulting.? But several individuals were paid more by the McCain campaign that month, including Mike DuHaime, the political director, who received $25,000 for ?Gotv Consulting,? and Mark Salter, one of Mr. McCain?s senior advisers, who got $13,224 in salary.

Ms. Lew collected $8,825 in September for what the campaign labeled in its report as ?GOTV Consulting.?

There has been much attention this week, of course, on the $150,000 Republican National Committee spent outfitting Ms. Palin in September at high-end department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, as well as for makeup services.

The campaign finance reports filed on Thursday night, which showed the McCain campaign and the R.N.C. had about $84 million left in the bank on Oct. 15, did not immediately appear to show any similar payments in the first half of October.
 

jpeyton

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Originally posted by: Corbett
And the problem with this is?
I have no problem with this. I think the news about her wardrobe and makeup artist is great.
 

jpeyton

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When McCain was asked by reporters to comment about Palin's makeup artist and hair stylist, he stated:

"They were purchased for the campaign and will be donated to charity after it's over."

:laugh:
:laugh:
:laugh:
 

dahunan

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Originally posted by: loki8481
this matters this much:
30/46000 = ONE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS PER DAY JUST FOR HER MAKEUP

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^Elitists??? Much?
 

Fern

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Should blogs be taken with a grain of salt?

I guess nobody here thought it inappropriate to jump on the "OMGz, he carved a "B" on her face" thread.

Do you really think a makeup artist etc is gonna make more money that the campiagn managers and Washinton DC big-wigs running a Presidential campaign? I don't

Fern
 

techs

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From my new sig:

150,000 dollars for clothes? Sarah Palin IS a stimulus package.
 

Engineer

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Wow, with that kind of pay, McCain should have used Amy the Hairdresser instead of Joe the Plumber. At least she's above the paygrade on Obama's tax raise! :laugh:
 

techs

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Originally posted by: jpeyton
When McCain was asked by reporters to comment about Palin's makeup artist and hair stylist, he stated:

"They were purchased for the campaign and will be donated to charity after it's over."


:laugh:
:laugh:
:laugh:
McCain just doesn't really get the whole "freedom" thing, does he.
 

Thump553

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At those prices, John Edwards' $400 haircut was an absolute bargain. I guess Democrats are more fiscally prudent than the GOP these days.
 

microbial

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It IS the Economy stupiiiiiiids!

Obama as terrorist, socialist, communist, baby killer, plumber beater, religion freak, etc., etc., etc. = No pull at all.

Palin spends 150K on clothes = Big story.
 

OrByte

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IF this is for real and IF this gets snatched up by the news services then its all over

I will be celebrating early.

But right now I'm going to remain reserved.
 

techs

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Originally posted by: Thump553
At those prices, John Edwards' $400 haircut was an absolute bargain. I guess Democrats are more fiscally prudent than the GOP these days.
Palins response:
"We just gave a trillion and a half dollars to the richest 3 percent, just doubled the national debt in 8 years, and we're spending 10 billion dollars a month in Iraq.
How dare you criticize how much I spend on my clothes.
You betcha"
 

Hugh H

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Originally posted by: microbial
It IS the Economy stupiiiiiiids!

Obama as terrorist, socialist, communist, baby killer, plumber beater, religion freak, etc., etc., etc. = No pull at all.

Palin spends 150K on clothes = Big story.
It´s also the fake meaning of their campaign. "I´m just a Jane Six-Pack!" (With 150k spending spree in clothes, and over 20k in make-up... please go back to Alaska already)
 

Ballatician

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Originally posted by: Fern
Should blogs be taken with a grain of salt?

I guess nobody here thought it inappropriate to jump on the "OMGz, he carved a "B" on her face" thread.

Do you really think a makeup artist etc is gonna make more money that the campiagn managers and Washinton DC big-wigs running a Presidential campaign? I don't

Fern
Yes blogs should but this is according to campaign finance reports. Also,

Originally posted by: f95toli
Originally posted by: OrByte
IF this is for real and IF this gets snatched up by the news services then its all over

I will be celebrating early.

But right now I'm going to remain reserved.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27364669/
 

Engineer

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Originally posted by: Ballatician
Originally posted by: Fern
Should blogs be taken with a grain of salt?

I guess nobody here thought it inappropriate to jump on the "OMGz, he carved a "B" on her face" thread.

Do you really think a makeup artist etc is gonna make more money that the campiagn managers and Washinton DC big-wigs running a Presidential campaign? I don't

Fern
Yes blogs should but this is according to campaign finance reports. Also,

Originally posted by: f95toli
Originally posted by: OrByte
IF this is for real and IF this gets snatched up by the news services then its all over

I will be celebrating early.

But right now I'm going to remain reserved.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27364669/

oops! :eek:
 

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