Sarah Palin's folksy image took a serious shot after her campaign and the Republican National Committee dropped a whopping $180,000 on swanky designer threads for the governor and her family. Chastised by party donors and blasted by the media, Palin and the RNC insisted the clothing was "on loan" and would be donated to charities after the election. So maybe it was a waste of money -- but at least the underprivileged could carry Louis Vuitton purses just like the rich and famous.

Or maybe not. Turns out the high-class, high-dollar gear is sitting around RNC headquarters, stuffed in plastic trash bags.