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Gov. Palin's makeup artist made $22,800 in 2 weeks

One might think the highest paid people in Senator John McCain's campaign during the first two weeks of October would be Randy Scheunemann, McCain’s chief foreign policy adviser. Or perhaps Nicolle Wallace, his senior communications staffer.

Nope, it was Amy Strozzi, Gov. Sarah Palin’s traveling makeup artist, according to a new filing with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday night as reported by the NY Times.

Strozzi was paid $22,800 for the first two weeks of October alone, according to the records. The campaign categorized Strozzi’s payment as “Personnel Svc/Equipment.? Strozzi was nominated for an Emmy award for her makeup work on the television show “So You Think You Can Dance??

Make-up aside, Angela Lew, Palin’s traveling hair stylist, got $10,000 for “Communications Consulting? in the first half of October. Lew’s address listed in F.E.C. records traces to an Angela M. Lew in Thousands Oaks, Calif., which matches with a license issued by the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology.

The campaign’s payment on Oct. 10 to Strozzi made her the single highest-paid individual in the campaign for that two week period. She easily beat out Scheunemann, who received $12,500 in the first half of October, and Wallace, who got $12,000. Lew was the fourth highest paid person in the campaign during that span. There were , however, more than two-dozen companies that got larger payments than Strozzi.

Lew collected $8,825 in September for what the Republican campaign labeled in its report as “GOTV Consulting.?