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24.10.2008 US & Canada

Palin blew party cash on clothes

By ITN/ Yahoo News

Sarah Palin has spent nearly £100,000 of Republican money on clothes and accessories.

Her own party has admitted the Alaska Governor blew the cash (almost $150,000) on shopping sprees in upmarket shops such as Neiman Marcus and Saks.

The vice-presidential candidate has worked hard to appeal to "Hockey Moms" during the Republican campaign and they are likely to see the spending as an extravagance.

And with less than two weeks to go until the US election, the Republicans can barely sustain such gaffes.

A recent poll puts Democrat Barack Obama ten points ahead of rival John McCain.