Ethics disclosure forms recently obtained under the Freedom of Information Act contained this oddity: $300 in clothes and footwear from ... CNBC.
Turns out that the network's Maria Bartiromo sat down with the Alaska governor in August, just days before she became John McCain's running mate. The interview about oil, energy and drilling was conducted in Palin's Anchorage office, where she wore her own suit and high heels, according to CNBC sources. The producers asked to continue the interview in the oil fields; since Palin didn't have outdoor gear at the office, a CNBC assistant raced out to buy a jacket and hiking shoes for the location shoot.
The network didn't give it another thought, but Palin dutifully reported it as a gift on her disclosure form.