A celebrity makeup artist for Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin collected more money from John McCain's campaign than his foreign policy adviser during a recent period.
According to the latest campaign finance reports, Amy Strozzi, who works on the reality show “So You Think You Can Dance” and has been Palin's traveling stylist, was paid $22,800 for the first two weeks in October. An earlier report showed Strozzi was paid $13,200 for a portion of September.
In contrast, McCain's foreign policy adviser, Randy Scheunemann, was paid $12,500 in the first two weeks of October, the reports said.
In recent days, McCain and Palin have tried to douse a furor over campaign spending. The Republican National Committee came under scrutiny after the party committee reported it had spent about $150,000 in September on wardrobe and cosmetics after Palin joined the GOP ticket.
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In interviews Thursday, Palin said that the clothes bought for the Republican National Convention were not worth $150,000 and that most have not left her campaign plane. She also said her family shops frugally.
Barack Obama's campaign has said it paid for hair and makeup costs associated with interviews or events, but neither the campaign nor the Democratic National Committee has paid for clothing.
The reports showed Obama and McCain are both facing dwindling reserves, with Obama hindered by a sudden drop in fundraising and McCain restrained by spending limits.