Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 23 November 2014

Sarah Palin's makeup artist is McCain campaign's highest paid staffer

Sarah Palin's makeup artist was the highest paid individual in Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign during the first half of October.

The traveling makeup artist was paid $22,800 for the first two weeks of October alone, according to a new filing with the Federal Election Commission.

The figure means that the make-up artist was "the highest paid individual in Senator John McCain's presidential campaign," according to the New York Times.

Amy Strozzi, nominated for an Emmy award makeup work on the show "So You Think You Can Dance?", was paid more than John McCain's foreign policy adviser and his senior communications staffer.

McCain's foreign policy adviser, Randy Scheunemann, was paid $12,500 for same period according to the finance reports.

The campaign categorized Strozzi's payment as "Personnel Svc/Equipment."

The Republican National Committee received strong criticism this week after a report showed that around $150,000 was spent on clothing, makeup and hair for Palin and her family in September.

"Those clothes are not my property. We had three days of using clothes that the RNC purchased," Palin told Fox News.

Meanwhile, the Obama campaign has said it paid for hair and makeup costs, but neither the campaign nor the Democratic National Committee has paid for clothing.

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