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GOP watch: More on those Palin clothes

— An "amended [RNC FEC] report shows that the committee paid about $23,000 for clothing in the three weeks before and after Election Day -- which is actually $7,000 less than previously reported. That new report brings the total Palin clothing costs paid by the RNC down to about $173,000 and also makes it easier to spot clothing purchases that had previously gone undetected," Politico's Vogel reports. A couple of details: $192 to the Philadelphia Flyers pro shop "previously described as 'campaign accessories' was recategorized as 'candidate clothing,' possibly for either the Flyers hockey jersey Palin reportedly received with her name and the No. 1 on the back before dropping a ceremonial puck or the one that her younger daughter, Piper, wore at the game. And "a $289 payment to high-end shoemaker Stuart Weitzman, which had been described as 'retail' and 'accessories,' became 'candidate clothing.'" 
 
Also, "The conservative group Free American Citizens has created a questionable legal defense fund for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, apparently to raise money off her popularity," Politico writes. "The home page of 'Sarah Palin's Defense Fund' proclaims that 'SARAH PALIN NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT!!!' But a click on 'donate now' directs the user to the website of Free American Citizens… Palin's staff said the group did not contact either her political action committee or her governor's office before announcing its formation Wednesday" and cannot accept money from it.
 
Levi Johnston said in another interview that Sarah Palin had been lying about him living at the Palins' house before the baby was born. "I was like, 'OK, well, whatever you want to call it. I had my stuff there.'" Asked if the Palin was lying about him, Johnston simply said: "Yes." "Johnston said the biggest misconception about him is 'that my family's white trash.'" 
 
Sanford stumping against the stimulus… "Fort Mill School district leaders and town elders quizzed S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford Wednesday about his stance on federal stimulus funds, pressing him to explain why he opposes federal aid that could keep teachers in the classroom," the Charlotte Observer reports. "But Sanford told a room packed with 200 Fort Mill Rotary Club members that piling up more debt isn't the answer to South Carolina's economic woes. Sanford held up charts and graphs during his talk. Afterward, he fielded questions from people who said they understand Sanford's point, but are worried about what it will mean for cash-starved schools suffering through the recession." 
 
"Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) penned an op-ed today that cites an influential MIT study on cap-and-trade legislation, despite the author of the study complaining that Republicans have misrepresented the findings."