Presidential candidates are required by FEC rules to disclose their budgets and spending. It has now been revealed that Rep. Michele Bachmann has had a major surge in hair and make-up spending.
According to official records, Bachmann spent nearly $4,700 on hair and make-up since June, which is considered surprising with regard to her long time spending habits in the hair and make-up arena.
Some Bachmann watchers are predicting her hair and makeup spending will cause harm to her campaign. But will it?
$4,700 Spent On Hair And Makeup Since June
According to Bachmann’s latest campaign finance filings, her campaign spent nearly $4,700 on hair and makeup in the weeks after she entered the presidential race on June 13. Records show her campaign made three payments of $1,715, $250, and $2,704 to a Maryland-based stylist named Tamara Robertson.
Robertson’s LinkedIn profile says she works as a makeup artist at Fox News in the DC area. She’s also listed in the “Make-up” section of the credits for the Citizens United-produced film A City Upon a Hill, hosted by Newt and Callista Gingrich.
In February, the Minneapolis City Pages quoted a celebrity stylist named Natalie Hale as saying that Bachmann paid her $225 for three different makeup sessions during the 2010 campaign.
Hale noted Bachmann tried to avoid paying for such services when possible. “I know for a fact if Michele has to pay for makeup she will usually instead do it herself,” Hale said.
John Edwards' $400 Haircuts
Presidential candidate John Edwards‘ was famous for receiving $400 haircuts. Sarah Palin caught lots of negative feedback after the RNC’s clothing bills for her were released in 2008.
What the media finds surprising about Bachmann's hair and make-up bills is how uncharacteristic it is of her typical behavior in this arena.
But now that's she's running for the White House, having bad hair might potentially be more distracting than having great hair, even if it's expensive.
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