June 26th, 2010
09:00 AM ET
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Palin event sets records

 A spokeswoman for University of California Stanislaus said the Palin event 'sold out in record time.'
A spokeswoman for University of California Stanislaus said the Palin event 'sold out in record time.'

(Updated with fundraising totals)

Washington (CNN) – After months of controversy, Sarah Palin's speech Friday night at a California state university brought in record amounts of money for the school. Palin spoke at a black-tie fundraising gala sponsored by a foundation of the California State University Stanislaus.

"The gala is on track to be the most successful fundraiser in the university's history," University of California Stanislaus spokeswoman Eve Hightower told CNN, adding the foundation will exceed its fundraising goal.

According Hightower, the event netted $200,000 plus there were $58,000 in donations of "in kind services."

Tickets for the dinner were $500 apiece with sponsorships for tables ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. The spokeswoman said the event "sold out in record time."

The decision to invite Palin to the northern California institution earlier this year prompted protests especially after documents were found in April that seemingly detailed some of the demands she gives organizers of her events. In a dumpster near a university administration building students found pages of what was believed to be a contract by the foundation for Palin's appearance, including general requirements for her speaking engagements. Sponsors must provider either first-class flights if she flies commercially or a specific type of Lear jet, for example.

The papers did not detail the fee she would receive for the speech. She's believed to fetch about $100,000 per appearance.

California Attorney General Jerry Brown began an investigation in April examining the finances of the foundation and whether officials were trying to avoid public disclosure laws by discarding documents. A state senator asked for the probe after he said the foundation refused to turn over some requested records concerning the event.

"We are taking this action to make sure that the money raised goes toward the intended educational purposes and not a dollar is wasted or misspent," Brown said in a statement at the time. "This is not about Sarah Palin ... She has every right to speak at a university event, and schools should strive to bring to campus a broad range of speakers. The issues are public disclosure and financial accountability in organizations embedded in state-run universities. We're not saying any allegation is true, but we owe it to the taxpayers to thoroughly check out every serious allegation," Brown said.

That investigation is continuing, the Attorney General's office told CNN Friday.

A university spokeswoman did not respond to a message concerning the probe. The chairman of the foundation had earlier told reporters her speaking fee and accommodations would not be be paid for with state funds but would be covered by private donations. The foundation has refused to release some records arguing as a private group it did not fall under the state's public records act's requirements.

A spokesman for Palin did not return a message seeking comment on the event.

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soundoff (99 Responses)
  1. Laverne

    I will admit, she can bring in a crowd, mostly of retards and nutcases, but she WILL NEVER be POTUS that you republicans hopefuls will never happen in this life time!

    June 25, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    CNN you do know that there's an illegal fund of $400,000 that belongs to this woman and she has been charged with, drum rooooooooll, ethics violations yet again. This time she has to pay $396,000 back then maybe or maybe not.
    That being said. Could somebody do something with those thumbs of hers. Is she trying to tell the world that she is not a monkey (sorry monkeys) because she has thumbs.
    $500 dollars to sit at a black tie dinner (will she wear her cutesy white top with the black bra to show of the new perky girls?) listening to nails on a blackboard!! My stomach is turning just thinking about one second of this woman near me.
    This university needs to be fumigated and anyone who really wants a high level education should think twice about going to a place that thinks this woman is worth inviting to the school. Stupid is as stupid does and, yes, "this woman IS an idiot".

    June 25, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. OhioRon

    Dave, You are a moron! Why does this lady bother you so much. There are millions and millions of people out there with much less on the ball than Ms. Palin, The opposite of love is not hate. It is indifference. Why don't you become indifferent and just leave her alone.

    June 25, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. steve c

    Palin has the IQ of a q tip.

    June 25, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  5. ex-repulican since McCain picked Palin

    The more she talks, the more the unfavorable ratings will go up. Let her be her own downfall. People are too smart to ever have a President like her. Obama will prove he was the right choice. I love some of your comments (the ones against palin of course) the other ones for her I will never understand. Think with your heads palin lovers, not with your hate!

    June 25, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. lolo

    You conservatives make me laugh so hard when you say the liberals are afraid of this woman. She is nothing to be afraid of. It is just so unbelievable how you just believe everything that she says or does. Birds of a feather flock together. This woman is nothing but an attention getter and she has the cnservatives eating out of her hands. You cry about the economy and jobs, but have no problem giving her all of your money. See if you can get the republicans in congress to change their vote on unemployent benefits. I doubt it because you think that it is okay that ordinary peole are losing everything due to their policies. GOP only for the rich and corporations. You are afraid that you will be left behind with the future of America. There are no more factory jobs. Why, because Bush shipped them all oveseas under his watch. Also technology is moving too fast for you that you can't keep up. She will never be president or vice president. Stupid is what stupid does.She can never turn back the hands of time. You conservatives just love war and money .

    June 25, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. Debby

    Palin sure does generate talk on these CNN blogs. LOL

    June 25, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. kd

    the more I see pictures of her, the more she looks like a man in drag. I'm lost as to why people think she's attractive.

    June 25, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. Eric

    Amazing how much just the mere mention of her name, and the left-wing-nuts go bonkers.

    Go Sarah!
    2012

    June 25, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. 8 years of the Bush Error = How many years of recession and unemployment?

    Do not start counting the big bucks just yet, she still has time to claim "scheduling conflict" and be a no-show, again.

    And why are California taxpayers paying for her Lear jet ride?

    June 25, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. Edna

    I won't demean myself by calling Mrs. Palin a name like some of the bloggers here demean themselves by not respecting our President. How dare anyone call our President anything but President or President Obama. Such nasty, rightwing, racist nuts. And, no, we, on the left, are not jealous of nor afraid of Mrs. Palin. She is just so pathetic, it is sad. Keep dreaming about her being the POTUS

    June 25, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. Dr Matrix

    To the Obama Truth, your calling Obama shows your bigoted side. Your inability to create a coherent sentence in English tells us why you are that way. He has produced a bith certificate and as the child of an American citizen he has citizenship regardless of where he was born. If you want to hate him and not appear to be an idiot gather up something that says you disagree with his policy not just that he is black or Democrat. Leave that to the hatemongers on the radio.

    June 25, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. Kman821

    Too bad the university chose to whore themselves out for money ... Palin won't say one thing that she hasn't already spewed countless times over and over ... she's a broken record of BS and yet these morons are willing to give her a venue to spew it all over again. Obviously, they are not committed to educational excellence or even mediocrity.

    June 25, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  14. Sean

    Good to see the average Joes lining up to get a cleavage shot of Mrs Palin for 500.00...I wonder what she'd do for 1000.00

    June 25, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  15. Dean

    Record breaking fundraiser...........The liberals are having heart failure wallowing in their hatred. Or is it in their fear? Bye bye Obama.

    June 25, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  16. OhioRon

    Laverne, Why would you think that Sarah Palin could do any worse as president than Jimmy Carter or Barack Obama? Those two have set the standard for POTUS incompetance.

    June 25, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  17. wmscot

    This University is right in the middle of the most conservitive area of California. Where the likes of Reagan and Nixon came from. They are so out of touch with the mainstream it is amazing. It might as well be in Kansas !

    June 25, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  18. Edna

    I won't demean myself by calling Mrs. Palin a name like some of the bloggers here demean themselves by not respecting our President. How dare anyone call our President anything but President or President Obama. Such nasty, rightwing, racist nuts. And, no, we, on the left, are not jealous of nor afraid of Mrs. Palin. She is just so pathetic, it is sad. Keep dreaming about her being the POTUS, because that is all it is, a dream. I applaud her for making all the money that she can, because if she indeed believes in God, it will all come to an end. She is not what God wants her to be and if she is truthful to herself and her God, she knows it. Time will tell. The higher she climbs, the further she will fall.

    June 25, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  19. kimberly

    DUH! there are alot of kooks in California that think this scarecrow has a brain!

    June 25, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  20. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    Dave, the only way Palin is going away is if, as her arrogance grows, she manages to wander far enough off script to shock even her fawning fans. A Helen Thomas foot-in-mouth moment could force her to shut up for a while to regroup.

    Oh, right, she already did that in her Barbara Walters interview when she said that American Jews would be moving to Israel.

    Never mind...

    June 25, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  21. kimberly

    why the HELL are you morons calling her GOV palin??? she was gov for about a week and QUIT!

    June 25, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  22. Grundoon

    Liberals scared of Sarah? ROFLMAO!!!! No, darlings, we want her to keep on keepin' on. She helps us more than she helps you, for sure. Watch the numbers AFTER the primaries. You'll see. You conservative haven't gotten out of junior high mentality! You all talk, "Oh, you're all just scare of her," or "You're just jealous!" Yup, straight out of junior high school.

    June 25, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  23. snow

    This just eats you liberals lunch, doesn't it. Even in California, Governor Palin outdoes everyone including nobummer. You like nathan wimberly are the stupid ones.

    June 25, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  24. Henry

    Tickets for the dinner are $500 apiece with sponsorships for tables ranging from $5,000 to $50,000.

    You know what they say about a fool and his money...

    June 25, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  25. kmacnn

    @ THE OBAMA TRUTH –

    Monkey?? REALLY??

    your wife called – said to remind you to pick you your white robe and hood at the dry cleaner -

    June 25, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
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