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  posted on 10/27/2008 at 05:38 PM
Hey, plenty of folks were happy to take some shots at Palin and staff for spending big bucks on clothes. At least they will have a second life after they're donated to charity.

Maybe the Dems should try eBay...




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$140,000 Spent on DNCC Podium and the Barackopolis
UPDATED: Total Construction Costs at Invesco Total $5.3 Million


With all the hullabaloo surrounding the RNC's expenditures on Sarah Palin's clothes, I thought it would be interesting to find out how much money was spent on Obama's Greek-columned stage at Invesco Field. You remember the Barackopolis--those "styrofoam Greek columns"--don't you?

It turns out that the Democratic National Convention Committee spent over $140,000 on "podium production" (you can see the individual expenditures after the jump). It would seem that the construction of the Barackopolis would be included in this amount, but I can't tell how much money was spent on the Greek-columned stage at Invesco and how much was spent on the podium at the Pepsi Center. I've sent an email to the DNC asking them to break this down and will post a response if and when I get it.

Update: DNCC spokeswoman Jenni Engebretsen writes in an email that these expenses were "related to podium functions and personnel rather than podium structures," and she does not know how much the stage at Invesco cost.

Greg Pollowitz points out this article, which reported that "Convention expenses paid by the committee included $14.1 million for construction costs, including the stage and lighting, at the Pepsi Center and $5.3 million at Invesco Field." How much of that $5.3 million was spent on Obama's Greek columns is unknown. I took a look at the FEC report, but, shockingly, there isn't an itemized expense for "gaudy Greek Styrofoam columns." I guess the DNC was a bit smarter than the RNC this time.

More... http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblogs/TWSFP/2008/10/140000_spent_on_for_dncc_podiu_1.asp " target=_blank> http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblogs/TWSFP/2008/10/140000_spent_on_for_dnc c_podiu_1.asp




 

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  posted on 10/27/2008 at 05:45 PM
I'm already on record as saying I never had a problem with Palin's wardrobe and hair expenses. I just thought the RNC mishandled the way they responded to the information release. Public appearances are 'showbusiness' like it or not and make up, wardrobe and 'props' are part of the circus.

 

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  posted on 10/27/2008 at 06:17 PM
I agree Ann - I just loved the word "Barackopolis" and wanted to put it to use.

 

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  posted on 10/27/2008 at 06:21 PM
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I agree Ann - I just loved the word "Barackopolis" and wanted to put it to use.
LMAO! Hopefully the 'Opolis' will be donated to charitable use, also, in it's second life. Heck - maybe it can be recycled as a pergola for somebodies backyard...

[Edited on 10/27/2008 by lolasdeb]

 

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  posted on 10/27/2008 at 06:23 PM
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I agree Ann - I just loved the word "Barackopolis" and wanted to put it to use.


I have to admit, I got a good laugh out of 'Barackopolis'.

 

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  posted on 10/27/2008 at 06:40 PM
I would think that most of the money spent on the stage went to the people who erected it. I don't care what the RNC does with their money, but it didn't help the "Hockey Mom" image to have them spending that much money at such high end clothiers.A much better tactic would have been for her to wear what she always weasr, and tout the "consignment shop" angle from the beginning.

 

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  posted on 10/27/2008 at 07:47 PM
As good Democrats, I'm sure they will recycle Barackopolis. It's not too early to start thinking about the Obama Presidential Library, and these items would make great cornerstones!

 

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  posted on 10/28/2008 at 12:01 AM
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As good Democrats, I'm sure they will recycle Barackopolis. It's not too early to start thinking about the Obama Presidential Library, and these items would make great cornerstones!

There a joke in here somewhere about styrofoam columns lasting about as long as ...... well, I'm sure you get the drift.

But given our recent troll epidemic, I'll leave those flames unfanned.

 

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  posted on 10/28/2008 at 12:08 AM
Like I said in another thread...its all a bit over the top especially in this economy. But, if the candidates don't spend their campaign money what are they allowed or required to do with it ?

 

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  posted on 10/28/2008 at 12:27 AM
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Like I said in another thread...its all a bit over the top especially in this economy. But, if the candidates don't spend their campaign money what are they allowed or required to do with it ?

I always figured it was their descretion. I believe Hillary still owes a bunch, and its not unusual for some help in that manner. I'm sure there's restrictions, but then again, there's always another campaign just around the corner.

 

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  posted on 10/28/2008 at 06:28 AM
The reason that the stage didn't get that much mileage when conservatives initially brought it up is that people didn't see it as Greek architecture. This was all conservative bombast. On a political level it was a non-issue. And it became more of a non-issue when Palin was selected for VP. I suppose in a moment of desperation there are other scandals that could be resurrected.

Sarah's clothes are a major issue and have absorbed 3 days of the election cycle.

 

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  posted on 10/28/2008 at 08:22 AM
I liked the SNL skit last week where Barack and Michelle sang 'Solid.....solid as Barack'

 

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