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Q&A: Fate of Palin's $150,000 campaign wardrobe is unknown

Fate of Palin's clothes unknown

Sarah Palin promised to donate her $150,000 campaign wardrobe to charity at the end of the election. Did this happen?

We don't know for certain if 2008 Republican vice president Sarah Palin "promised" to donate her campaign wardrobe to charity, and we also don't know for certain what happened to it.

In 2009, the Washington Post quoted then Republican National Committee spokeswoman Gail Gitcho saying the clothes — estimated worth from $107,000 to $180,000, depending on the source — were donated to charity, as the committee had promised. But she wouldn't name the charities. The RNC denied a report from a former GOP aide who blogged after the election that the clothes "remain stuffed in trash bags at RNC headquarters."

In her 2009 book Going Rogue: An American Life, Palin wrote: "I never asked stylists to purchase clothes; many of the items were never worn; and in the end the wardrobe items were all returned."

Grace kept promise on donation

When is Nancy Grace going to keep her promise and give the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children the $250,000 she promised them?

Grace, host of her own HLN show, has already sent a check to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an HLN representative told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She had said she would donate her earnings from appearing on Dancing With the Stars to the center, according to ABC.com.

Snoop a 'Price Is Right' champ

Which celebrity won the most money for his or her charity on The Price Is Right?

Snoop Dogg won $72,585 for his charity — the Snoop Youth Football League — on Celebrity Charity Week on The Price Is Right in January. Neil Patrick Harris, Jenny McCarthy, Chris Daughtry and Heidi Klum also participated.

Where do unused funds go?

Who keeps campaign funds of political candidates whether they are elected or not?

The only rules surrounding this issue relate to candidate committees, said Christian Hilland, a Federal Election Commission spokesman.

"If a candidate accepts contributions for the general election before the primary is held and loses the primary (or does not otherwise participate in the general election because he or she withdraws from the election), the candidate's principal campaign committee must refund, redesignate or reattribute the general election contributions within 60 days of the primary or the date that the candidate publicly withdraws from the primary race," Hilland wrote to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

He said any residual money remaining in the campaign can't be converted for personal use.

Q&A: Fate of Palin's $150,000 campaign wardrobe is unknown 02/13/12 [Last modified: Monday, February 13, 2012 5:05pm]
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