FEC dismisses ethics complaint over Palin's wardrobe during the campaign

The expenditures, first revealed by POLITICO, caused major public relations headaches for Palin, the Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor who cast herself as a modest-living everywoman. But the FEC ruled they did not constitute a prohibited personal use because that provision applies only to money raised by candidates, not by party committees.

“Gov. Palin states that the RNC used its own funds to make the expenditures for the clothing and accessories, and not the funds in the campaign account of any candidate,” the FEC wrote in an explanation sent to CREW Tuesday. “We have no information to the contrary. As such, no candidate funds were converted to ‘personal use.’”