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Calif. to Investigate Group Behind Palin Speech

Tuesday, 13 Apr 2010 09:18 PM

California's attorney general said Tuesday he will investigate whether a university foundation that hired Sarah Palin to give a speech violated public disclosure laws.

Attorney General Jerry Brown said his office was looking into the finances and actions of California State University, Slanislaus Foundation.

"This is not about Sarah Palin," Brown said in a prepared statement. "The issues are public disclosure and financial accountability in organizations embedded in state-run universities."

Matt Swanson, president of the foundation's board, did not immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment about the investigation.

The move by Brown was announced after students at the school retrieved pages of the contract with Palin from a campus trash bin after hearing administrators might be shredding it.

State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, who has been seeking details of Palin's compensation package for several weeks, released copies of the paperwork earlier in the day.

Among the perks laid out in the contract, the former Alaska governor will fly first class from Anchorage to California — if she flies commercial. If not, "the private aircraft MUST BE a Lear 60 or larger," the contract specifies.

Palin also must be provided with a suite and two single rooms in a deluxe hotel near the campus in Turlock in the Central Valley.

The document, dated March 16, does not include compensation details for Palin, who commands speaking fees as high as $100,000. Her appearance at the university's 50th anniversary gala is expected to draw a large crowd, with tickets selling for $500 each.

Jason Recher, a spokesman for Palin, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Palin's fee and accommodations will be covered entirely by private donations, not state funds, Swanson said earlier.

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