August 27th, 2010
11:52 AM ET
13 years ago

Palin's full speaking contract revealed

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" A judge has ordered the contents of Palin's speaking contract with a California school to be made public."](CNN) – So just what does it take to get Sarah Palin to speak at your fundraising gala?

A "deluxe" hotel suite, a first class ticket or a private jet ("Lear 60 or larger"), pre-selected audience questions, and "bendable" straws – not to mention the $75,000 in cash.

That's according to Palin's speaking contract with Cal State Stanislaus – ordered to be released by a California judge this week after the state school refused to make the document public last June.

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

The university argued it was not compelled to release the contract because Palin was speaking at a fundraiser for the university's private, non-profit foundation.

But Stanislaus Superior Court Judge Roger Beauchesne disagreed, saying the foundation ultimately was a branch of a public entity and therefore documents relating to its business must be made public pursuant to public record laws.

"The reasonable inference from the evidence produced is that the university, in its official capacity, has 'used' the contract…in the conduct of the public's business; therefore, said contract is also a public record," Beauchesne wrote in his opinion delivered earlier this week.

Much of the contents of the contract had already been revealed: the school had previously disclosed how much it paid the former Alaska governor and portions of the contract were discovered in a dumpster by students last April.

Still, the document provides a revealing picture of the types of demands an A-list speaker can make, and serves as a reminder that no detail is too small to omit - from the lighting ("should be at a comfortable, but appropriate production level"), to the water ("unopened bottled still"), to the lectern ("no plexiglass or thin lectern please").

The June 25 speech came after months of controversy amid charges the financially-strapped school was paying too much to secure Palin.

But the Alaska governor's speech ultimately brought in record amounts of money for the foundation, and a school spokeswoman called the gala "the most successful fundraiser in the university's history."

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soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. carolyn

    The entire education system iin California is in shambles, and this broad takes $75,000 to talk about how bad the economy is. I guess freedom ain't free.

    August 27, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. George

    Spiteful skank. She's just another Republican hypocrite. "We're for the people!" What people? Billionaires, that's about it.

    August 27, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. Debbie

    There are a couple of comments that President Obama demands similar items and pre-selected questions. Where did this come from? Provide a link that proves it.

    August 27, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. getwhatyoupay4

    Y'all need to stop drinkin the tea! Pre-selected questions and CASH? She's smart but in the way a used car salesman is. Sure is purty though!

    August 27, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. Tracy Gorman

    Why in the world is this an issue for her to have these demands, but it's not an issue for all the other public speakers in this country who have the same (if not more) types of demands. Most of the better known speakers, in fact, have even higher price tags on their contracts than Sarah Palin has. You people are pathetic hypocrites. Face it...she scares the liberals to death because there's no one in your entire movement who comes even close to having the influence she has...and since she's a female and is this popular, she scares you even more because there's no ONE female in your ranks who comes close to the influence Sarah has. NOT ONE!!!

    August 27, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. Mr. T. Bag

    Do the math...

    If Sarah Palin requires a fee of $75,000 per event, in addition to other expenses for the private jet charter, venue fees, planning, security, etc., etc., that surely comes out to well over $100,000 – $200,000 per event.

    If there are 1000 attendees per event on average, each paying an average of $100, there’s $100,000. –So, something smells very fishy about the numbers.

    We need to ask, who is REALLY sponsoring Palin’s events?
    (The RNC, BP/Big Oil, Bluecross-Blueshield?)

    August 27, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. tweety

    Mo' money, mo' money, mo' money.......

    Its all about the cash baby. She figures she may as well cash in on her stuipd under educated followers. They will suck up anything she is sellin'!

    How 'bout a sex tape next? Perhaps a cook book on how to cook moose? Her own reality show with Todd maybe? How 'bout a make up line? An MTV video? No? A text book about politics? She could write the text books for Texas since they have decided to create their history now......

    She is so irrvelant, but, yet she sure is managing to make some high dollars isn't she, kinda like The Situation from Jersey Shore....they ought to hook up and brain storm on how to reem the American public, now there's a good team huh?

    August 27, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. Bill

    Pre-selected audience questions. What a surprise!

    Yep, this is a woman of the people, for sure.

    Party on dopy tea party people. She's all yours.


    August 27, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. welches, oregon

    of course, nothing less for the Queen of Lies

    oh and to TOP SGT:
    Explainging the difference:
    Obama is your President. This nut job isn't anything.

    August 27, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. Tony

    Is that the contract with Glen for her appearance at tomorrows sham rally?

    August 27, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. A-mex-i-can

    The unfortunate fact is that sex and trash talk sells and palin is taking this to the bank not unlike ladygaga, the national enquirer, radio shock talk jocks and many others that realize they can cash in on stupidity. And more unfortunate is the fact that so many Americans are buying. The rich elite in the country are undoubtedly happy to have these sick individuals raise the smoke screen they need to hide the fact that they with their greed are sucking up every penny they can while eyes are focused on the palins of the world. So much BS around palin and immigration reform while the US economy continues to suffer and top level executives continue to rob the country blind of millions of dollars. Housing, health care, retirement and even social security are plagued with problems yet these areas get little media coverage compared to the sideshows put on by palin, the Arizona governor, sherrif arpasswhole, the texas wranglers, john mcCan't and the like!!!

    August 27, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  12. azimm

    "There is only one God, His name is Profit and Money is His Messenger."
    Haha there is NO free lunch.

    August 27, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. welches, oregon

    @soneill August 27th, 2010 11:55 am ET

    She's worth every penny. She's incredible and just what this country needs.

    Really? We need a public citizen (not even a politician mind you) dividing the country along class and race lines with lies and distortions? Are you sure? I mean America already has a great big stain on it – she just adds to the mud.

    I don't think so and neither do a majority of Americans.

    August 27, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  14. D.

    So, what is the point? besides continuation of dump Palin by the media?! How much president Clinton gets for a speech? etc. etc.
    Enough with this bias!

    August 27, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. steve

    Give Palin credit from cashing in on her "15 minutes". Of greater concern is how easily so many have been suckered in by her.

    August 27, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. JD

    Yeah. We wouldn't want her to take pre-selected questions like Obama. Of course he acted stupidly and screwed that up, so he just doesn't have Questions asked anymore.

    And of course, he never became a millionaire prior to being elected President. Oh, wait, yes he can, and yes he did.

    You guys are proof that education doesn't equal intelligence and age does equal maturity.

    August 27, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  17. wgf

    "Compare that to what Clinton gets for his appearances, and it's chump change. "

    Umm... Clinton was President for 8 years, and completed terms as Arkansas Governor before that. He graduated from Yale and was an Oxford Scholar. Since his Presidency he has been involved in numerous and serious philanthropic causes. While you may not agree with his beliefs, policies or personal decisions, he has way more depth and insight on both public policy and political issues than Palin ever will.

    Sarah Palin gets "chump change" because she is, in comparison, a chump.

    I live for the day when Obama and Palin are in a debate.

    August 27, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. welches, oregon

    yea...LOL...She's really a "Real American"... give us a break.

    August 27, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. welches, oregon

    hey Soneill....

    stop thinking with your head and start thinking with your brain.

    August 27, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  20. Lucullus

    Yeah Sarah is one of us. Just like everyone else in America who has to get up in the morning and go to work at a job they may not like. I know there are thouse out there who will insist that she's an ELITIST, OPPORTUNISTIC, HYPOCRITE, but that's just unfair, you betcha!

    August 27, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. welches, oregon

    anyone who would agree with this nut job is just as hateful and racist as she is.


    August 27, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. CaliforniaBC

    @Steve (the real one)

    WHEN has Obama had pre-selected questions??? Obama is the one who holds internet chat forums live where he does not know what the questions will be. There have never been any reports of him having pre-scripted questions.

    You must be thinking of GW Bush. It's really amazing how so many of the prominent republicans have to go in knowing what questions will be asked. Bush even complained about this openly at a news conference once. But the Democrats, very few if any demand this. Obama is the most prominent that does not because he is capable of thinking on his feet.

    August 27, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  23. Gerry

    The comment section is a daily census of the smartest and dumbest Americans.

    Pro-Palin= dumbest
    Real-World Americans=smartest

    This woman is an idiot as is anyone who thinks she has 1 thing to offer America. Every day there is proof that the only talent she has is milking this unbelievable opportunity granted to her by fellow idiot McCain.

    And everyday there is proof that Americans are dumbing down in record numbers.

    August 27, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  24. Rick Geary

    Sarah Palin has a right to demand whatever she feels she can get for her speaking engagements. The problem is the Not-for-Profit college spending revenue that should be used for improvements to college and curirculum and to provide services for its students, especially those who need financial assistance, rather than spend it on an political ideologue.

    August 27, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  25. American

    Ridicolous! A Governor who quit and let her state down for self gain, why should she get all this glory? And now her daughter is going on Dancing with the Stars? It must be the think Alaskan air...

    August 27, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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