Brown to investigate Palin CSU appearance
April 14, 2010
California Attorney General Jerry Brown announced Tuesday that he will investigate the circumstances surrounding an upcoming campus appearance at CSU Stanislaus by Sarah Palin. [Attorney General's Office]
The investigation targets the privately-run University foundation and allegations that documents relating to the contract with Palin were discarded in a campus dumpster.
“This is not about Sarah Palin,” Brown said. “She has every right to speak at a university event and schools should strive to bring to campus a wide range of speakers. The issues are public disclosure and financial accountability in organizations embedded in state-run universities.”
Brown’s investigation was prompted by state Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) who has tried unsuccessfully to learn how much money Palin will be paid to speak at the school’s 50th anniversary dinner in June. University officials defend their actions by saying Palin’s speech is covered by the private university foundation, not public funds.
Earlier this week, university students claimed to have come across copies of Palin’s contract to speak in a campus dumpster. Yee charges CDU Stanislaus officials are trying to keep the speaking contract from the public.