WASHINGTON - The U.S. Republican party has spent about 150,000 dollars in the space of a month to meet vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's fashion needs, according to a media report. A political website Politico said Wednesday the Republican National Committee used campaign donations to pay for the Alaskan governor's clothing, hair styling, makeup and other "campaign accessories" during September, following her nomination as John McCain's running mate. Among the expenses, 75,062 dollars were spent at Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis and 41,850 dollars in St Louis in early September. It also included 4,100 dollars for makeup and hair consultation, the report said. The Republican party defended the expenditure, saying the clothing would go to charity after the campaign. "With all of the important issues facing the country right now, it's remarkable that we're spending time talking about pantsuits and blouses," said Republican presidential candidate John McCain spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt. "It was always the intent that the clothing goes to a charitable purpose after the campaign." However, in May 1993, McCain said "The use of campaign funds for items which most Americans would consider to be strictly personal reasons, in my view, erodes public confidence and erodes it significantly." What's eroding even more significantly - and quickly - may be the public's confidence in Ms. Palin. For the first time today, according to a new MSNBC/Wall Street Journal poll, more people have a negative response to Ms. Palin than a positive one. The poll of 1,159 registered voters from Oct. 17 to 20 found that 47 percent view Ms. Palin negatively, while 38 percent saw her in a positive light. The poll found that 55 percent felt she wasn't qualified to be president. In September, shortly after McCain asked her to join the GOP ticket, Ms. Palin enjoyed a 47 to 27 percent positive rating. "Coming at a time that more Americans are being asked to do more with less, this doesn't look good," said Linda Basch, president of the nonpartisan National Council for Research on Women. "The question about her clothing fits in with her two-dimensional portrayal in this campaign: She's either the attack dog or the hot babe," Basch said. "The American people (in the MSNBC/WSJ poll) are showing that they believe that she doesn't have a command of domestic or foreign policy issues. She has not spoken out about the issues that matter in this campaign to women. "And now, people feel the hot babe is not going to be able to fix things," she said. Even California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, sounded unsure on Wednesday that Ms. Palin is ready to fix things, even though he's about to campaign for McCain in Ohio. Asked by CNN's Campbell Brown if Ms. Palin was qualified to be president, Schwarzenegger replied, "She will be." Promoted for more by Brown, he added: "By the time that she is sworn in I think she will be ready." The new threads and accessories for Ms. Palin and her family included $49,425.74 spent at Saks Fifth Avenue stores in St. Louis and New York and $75,062.63 at Neiman Marcus - stores that don't have outlets the small towns of "real America" that the Republican vice presidential nominee has been referencing lately in stump speeches. "She's an enigma," said Susan Carroll, a professor of political science at Rutgers University and co-editor of "Gender and Elections: Shaping the Future of American Politics." "She's a mix of all these different images."