A California state senator along with some students and faculty members at California State University are demanding to know how much Sarah Palin will be paid for a speech there.
She’s scheduled to speak at the CSU Stanislaus 50th anniversary celebration June 25, which is being hosted by the CSU Stanislaus Foundation.
Palin earns fees as high as $100,000 for her speeches.
“We are demanding that the CSU Foundation disclose the full amount paid for Mrs. Palin's speaking fee and all other expenses associated with the contract that both parties have entered,” CSU Stanislaus student leader Alicia Lewis said in a statement.
Zoology Prof. Patrick Kelly, who started an anti-Palin Facebook page, said in a statement, “The Foundation’s board of directors are not only dismissive of the need to involve faculty, staff and students in the selection of the speaker, they are also tone deaf to the mission of our university.”
State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, has requested that the foundation reveal Palin’s pay.
Matt Swanson, president of the foundation's board of directors, said the foundation's contract with Palin has a clause forbidding him to do so.
Yee says contracts agreed to by private entities and state or local agencies are part of the public record, which can’t be overridden by a stipulation in the contract.
But a state appeals court ruling from 2001 may provide the foundation with ammunition to argue that the California Public Records Act doesn’t apply here.
That’s because the court ruled that public entities’ auxiliary associations don’t have to accommodate public records requests.
In other Palin news, she has asked the Republican National Committee to remove her name from an official invitation to a New Orleans fundraiser next week after committee staffers were found to have spent donors' money at an erotic, bondage-themed club.
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