According to records filed with the Federal Election Commission, the McCain campaign paid Amy Strozzi, Palin's travelling makeup artist, 22,800 dollars for the first two weeks of October. Strozzi received 13,200 dollars for her work in September. Records have revealed that McCain's makeup artist, Tifanie White, received 8,512 dollars in September and 7,368 dollars during the first two weeks of October.
The Republican National Committee paid a third makeup artist, Tracy Thorp, 980 dollars for work in September. The total makeup expense for a six-week period beginning Sept. 1 comes down to 52,000 dollars. A spokesman for McCain-Palin, Ben Porritt, refused to discuss the makeup expenses. "Our campaign is focused on talking about the issues," the New York Daily News quoted him, as saying.
The payments to Strozzi make her the highest paid person in the McCain-Palin presidential campaign during the first half of October. Earlier this week, records showed the Republican National Committee spent 150,000 dollars- including more than 75,000 dollars at Neiman Marcus and nearly 50,000 dollars at Saks Fifth Avenue - to outfit Palin in designer duds.