More Spending Embarrassments for the McCain-Palin Team
by Jonathan Singer, Fri Oct 24, 2008 at 08:40:42 AM EDT
The McCain campaign already finds itself in a money pinch, with perhaps as little as $1.1 million per day to spend between now and November 4. So what is the campaign spending on? The New York Times gives us a clue.
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 staff member. It was Amy Strozzi, who was identified by the Washington Post this week as 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."
The payment on Oct. 10 made Ms. Strozzi 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.
The McCain campaign is strapped for cash, yet it, along with the Republican National Committee, is spending tens of thousands of dollars -- some from contributors, some from taxpayers -- on primping Sarah Palin. For a campaign already having difficulty with the "out of touch" meme, these exorbitant expenditures aren't likely to help McCain and Palin come off as real, genuine people to the American voter, regardless of the amount of times their campaign evokes "Joe the plumber."