Highest Paid McCain Staffer In October Was Makeup Artist?
She’s doing one hell of a job, but come on…this is crazy.
Who was the highest paid individual in Senator John McCainâ€™s presidential campaign during the first half of October as it headed down the homestretch?
Not Randy Scheunemann, Mr. McCainâ€™s chief foreign policy adviser; not Nicolle Wallace, his senior communications staff member. It was Amy Strozzi, who was identified by the Washington Post this week as Gov. Sarah Palinâ€™s traveling makeup artist, according to a new filing with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday night.
Ms. Strozzi, who was nominated for an Emmy award for her makeup work on the television show â€œSo You Think You Can Dance?â€, was paid $22,800 for the first two weeks of October alone, according to the records. The campaign categorized Ms. Strozziâ€™s payment as â€œPERSONNEL SVC/EQUIPMENT.â€
The payment on Oct. 10 made Ms. Strozzi the single highest-paid individual in the campaign for that two-week period. (There were more than two dozen companies that got larger payments than Ms. Strozzi). She easily beat out Mr. Scheunemann, who received $12,500 in the first half of October, and Ms. Wallace, who got $12,000.
$11,400 a week for makeup? Extrapolate that out over the course of a year, and they’re making $592,800. Know how much the President makes? $400,000 plus benefits. Now, those are some great benefits, but it should still give you some perspective about how out of whack the makeup number is.
Priorities, priorities, priorities.