Criticism of Palin’s CSU speech mounts
April 2, 2010
Increased pressure is coming from all directions, demanding that California State University officials reveal publicly the amount of money former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin is being paid for an upcoming speech on the Stanislaus campus. [Orange County Register]
University officials have declined to reveal the Palin fee–reported to be in excess of $100,000–since the event is being sponsored by the school’s private, non-profit foundation. Revealing the fee would also violate the confidentiality clause in Palin’s contract.
Two activist groups–Californians Aware and the First Amendment Coalition–have both filed public record act requests for the information.
And state Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) has announced plans to hold hearings in Sacramento later this month on the Palin speaking fee and other issues of government secrecy.
Critics of the upcoming Palin appearance in June argue that cash-strapped universities should not be spending money on expensive speakers. Defenders suggest that Palin’s speech will actually help raise money for the Stanislaus campus.