Ever since California State University, Stanislaus made the decision to hire Sarah Palin for a fundraising event, the university’s senior staff has been both under criticism for the decision and pressure to disclose information.
Many members of the faculty protested that the university’s budget would be spent to pay Palin’s often high speaking fees. And the administration was criticized for initially refusing to disclose the speaking fee agreed to. Eventually the university announced what it is paying Palin:
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will receive $75,000 to appear at a California State University campus fundraiser next month, two sources at the university have confirmed.The sources, who have seen the contract for the appearance — at Cal State Stanislaus, in Turlock — said it calls for $75,000 plus expenses for Palin’s hotel, air fare and travel.
The university’s decision to disclose expenses did not relent public criticism. Press officials’ requests to be present at the event were initially rebuffed, but the university has finally agreed to allow journalists to attend Palin’s speech:
After months of requests from reporters, a California university has agreed to allow journalists to attend a fund-raiser featuring Sarah Palin.
Officials at California State University, Stanislaus, issued an advisory on Friday announcing that this Friday’s gala at its Turlock campus would be open for news coverage.
Although the university has agreed to allow for press coverage and released numerous documents surrounding Palin’s appearance, the university administration remains under scrutiny due to questions of improper documentation of the financial matters concerns the Palin visit:
Last month, the university released dozens of documents in response to California Public Records Act requests from The Associated Press and Californians Aware, a group that advocates open government. The paperwork included e-mail messages documenting the university’s efforts to limit public fallout over Ms. Palin’s visit.
The state attorney general’s office is investigating the California State University Stanislaus Foundation’s finances, as well as accusations that university officials threw away Palin-related documents. One appeared to be a portion of Ms. Palin’s contract, detailing items like first-class airfare for two.
Sarah Palin, at least on a university campus, is not the easiest person to book.