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. brian

    Hey Lone Rider and Steve (the Real One),

    Citations, please, on obama and other "liberals" demanding pre-selected questions? I think you're consuing the current president with his predecessor...

    August 27, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  2. Rosebud

    I wouldn't pay 0.75 cents to hear this swine snort out her hate rhetoric.

    August 27, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. Granger

    where's the figures for Clinton? and the other country-destroying liberals? Why are you always on Palin's case, CNN? ...hhmm....I guess it's part of the supporting OBama and his liberal agenda gameplan.

    August 27, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. jpope

    I would have done the speech for $200, a case of domestic beer and a ticket on Greyhound….

    August 27, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. jerseylou

    WHAT.....$75,000 to hear this thing you call palin to say nothing? Just unbelievable,i wouldn't pay 75 cents for this shinny turd.

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


    If the GOP gets their hands back on the White House, Congress and Senate, they will punish Middle America like we've never seen before – you know...for voting them out of power. They will attempt to bully all of you to never vote GOP out of power again. I shudder to think what that would be like. And while the Dems aren't much better at leadership, at least they won't punish people for voting the other side.

    August 27, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. Granger

    run, you frightened Anti-American liberals, run!

    August 27, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. Mike of Vancouver BC

    "Pre-selected audience questions." So she can write the answers on her hand in advance.

    August 27, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. welches, oregon

    But Nancy is somehow evil?....

    Nancy isn't evil. Boner just wants her job so he's spinning that now.

    August 27, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. sniffit

    At least she is earning her money, unlike our current president.

    August 27, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. Luis Hernandez

    Why are some commenters compairing what she makes to what Clinton makes. Sarah Palin is nobody, Bill Clinton is the best president to have stepped on the White House on the last 100 years. And he did it all while being blown. Now you have to be smart to acomplished that.

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

    Does her contract stipulate how many lies per minute she must spew?

    August 27, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  13. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    What does this story have to do with Obama vacations you rightie propeller heads?

    August 27, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    It just prove how dumb Americans are. Who would give a dime to listen to this bimbo fro the republican party AKA domestic terrorist.

    August 27, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. Me

    " the $75,000 in cash."
    Do you hear me 75k in cash!!!!
    Get it Sarah! GET IT!!!
    Think about all of the candidates she has shown up for. They gave up $75,000...IN CASH.
    can't be bothered with checks, they might bounce

    August 27, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  16. Ronnie

    The state of the Republican Party

    August 27, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  17. Limbaugh is a liberal

    NOBODY CARES! She's a has-been, a quitter, and a nobody!

    August 27, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. Elle in Idaho

    I would never go as far as to call this woman smart, but whoever told her to quit office and go on the speaking circuit WAS pretty smart. Now Palin makes bundles spewing her nonsense to idiots who actually listen to her nonsense. She knows she could never run for office again, so why not make some cash?

    August 27, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. ALAN J

    Doug how long have you been on meds? Seems like a long long time! if you call you Repuds decent you are on something strong dude! First of all Michelle Obama, First Lady!!!!! Who paid for her trip versus Palin, half governor who get paid to lie, steal and cheat! The Grand ole poop Party!

    August 27, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. Peter E

    A no-name college, in the middle of nowhere for a nobody. Fitting.

    August 27, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. Jim

    She keeps this up she'll be like Princess Pelosi pretty soon. You know, making the taxpayers foot the bill by force.

    August 27, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. Johnny

    She is a phoney with no convictions. It is all smoke and mirrors. She wants GOD to be on her side. I think she has it reversed. She should be on God's side.

    August 27, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. carlos

    those low life imbeciles.........President Clinton not clinton.......former President.......that does not compare at the slightlest with a former mayor and a quitter, former President Clinton has a foundation which helps millions of people around the world, what does she offer? zilch, nada, zero, if you do not know, SHE TAKES, does not give.......and please do not show your ignorance, besides, what does President Obama and his family have to do with the alska hag??????

    August 27, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. patrick

    Comparing Palin to Bill Clinton, common on people. She wouldn't even hold a candle light to Buddy...

    August 27, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  25. Chuck--Texas

    Oh, whoa!!! Whoa is me!!! Here I was thinking she was with us little people!! I thought they were "leaving the light on for her" at Motel 6.

    August 27, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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