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.


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4 Comments

  1. Saveslocounty says:

    What a waste of financial resources by the Attorney General to investigate such an issue. He appears to only be the watchdog for the public when it suites him or his party. Sad

    (2) 8 Total Votes - 5 up - 3 down
  2. Cindy says:

    “the Stanislaus Foundation is housed on the campus, staffed by university employees, uses university e-mail accounts, telephones, computers and other resources and is headed by university President Hamid Shirvani.”

    For those who don’t seem to get it , try reading about the issues surrounding these Foundations.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-calstate13-2010apr13,0,1000269.story

    (2) 6 Total Votes - 4 up - 2 down
  3. rogerfreberg says:

    There’s got to be something illegal here!

    I can’t believe that one of OUR great universities are actually bringing a conservative woman on a California Campus to speak! What were they thinking??

    Fortunately, at Cal Poly, we have never had to endure such a travesty! No conservative, capitalist, pro-America or –shudder — “Republican” speaks on this campus! Certainly, the university would never PAY for such a speaker or would they ever have them speak at commencement ceremonies!

    Fortunately, Cal Poly remains pure … and so help me Baker, we’ll keep it that way!!

    (-5) 17 Total Votes - 6 up - 11 down
    • Typoqueen says:

      Yeah, why should Republicans have to disclose what they’re getting paid when speaking at our PUBLIC schools, they don’t need no stinkin laws. Keep it hushed up, that’s the Republican way.

      If this had been a Dem then they’d be called a commie or a socialist for not disclosing records that should be open to the public.

      (0) 18 Total Votes - 9 up - 9 down

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