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After a series of high-profile candidate wardrobe moments, the Federal Election Commission has concluded that using money from federal campaign committees to buy clothing for candidates violates campaign finance laws that prohibit the conversion of political donations for personal use.
The most ballyhooed political wardrobe moment occurred during the 2008 presidential campaign, when the Republican National Committee (RNC) paid about $150,000 for clothing at Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus for Mrs. Palin and her family.
The new ruling doesn't cover that case because as a political party, the RNC was allowed to buy the clothes, which Mrs. Palin said would be returned or donated to charity. If Mrs. Palin had used funds from the McCain-Palin presidential committee, she would have run afoul of the law.