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

Palin's full speaking contract revealed

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/13/art.palin.0505f.gi.jpg 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. GOP-no-chance-in-2012

    Please God, let me see the sign: Palin 2012

    August 27, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. demogal

    Hope they think they got their money's worth!

    August 27, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. HeyHey

    She's worth every penny... to the Democrats.

    August 27, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. KLS

    Is anyone really surprised by this!! Sarah Palin is only interested in how much money can she make.

    She cut and run on the citizens of Alaska when she realized fame and BIG BUCKS was more important than staying the course as their governor.

    August 27, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  5. Scott

    why is this news? Every big political celebrity gets large sums. Bill Clinton gets well into the 6 figures to speak. Who cares?

    August 27, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  6. Robin Bray

    Yep, she sure is different from those money grabbers in government.

    August 27, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. Charlie-Chicago

    SO WHAT???? HOW IS THIS NEWS?!?!?!?! I wonder what Billl Clinton's speaking contract says he requires? Last I heard he was $200k+ to speak, and I'm sure he doesn't stay at a Red Roof Inn. The media's tireless effort to paint Palin as an "elitist" is going to fail in spades! Come November, you'll see just how in touch the mainstream media is with America.

    August 27, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    Yep – she quit to help the people of Alaska (all 4 of her family members).

    August 27, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  9. scoto

    Just the usual "Joe Six pack", "jist ordinary folk " stuff.

    August 27, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  10. joldham

    Must be the Democratic Liberal Judge that's amking the issue here. Speakers ask this kind of stuff all the time. why is this so special??/
    POLITICS at its' finest!!!!

    August 27, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. Bob Dog

    Way too much money to pay for a circus clown!

    August 27, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. scott

    So what the news here CNN .. Palin is self employed and in this country.. you are still allowed to earn as much as possiable. Do you have a problem with Al Gore making 100 million off of global warming ??

    August 27, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. Bill

    Pre-selected audience questions? Why am I not surprised!

    August 27, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. Jerry - Florida

    Ah, Ms. Palin, they are still after you after all this time. Please watch your every step. They will not rest until they not only destroy you; but your family as well.

    THEY can't stand the fact that you are more popular now than when you were running for vice-president. And, THEY include both men and women. How shameful! Ms. Palin, you need to continue persevering and calling a spade, just that, a spade, and most of all, continuing to speak your mind.

    By the way, this comes from a life-long Democrat.

    August 27, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  15. Bob

    CNN, why are you obsessed with this woman? Does she scare you? Get back to journalism please. Enough with the National Enquirer reporting.

    August 27, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  16. Ken in NC

    And they managed it totally without funds from me. Wonderful.

    August 27, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  17. joldham

    One more point, did anyone bother to autneticate the documents found in the dumpster? Computers can generate autnentic looking documents today...

    August 27, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  18. larry

    Shame on Cal State Stanislaus University. Wasting money on a worthless piece of dreck. Palin is filling her own pockets, gertting expensive plane rides and God knows what else, using funds that should go to students education. Shame, shame, shame.

    August 27, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  19. Birdwatcher1

    I just don't get it. I would not pay one red cent to see that woman. I can watch Sesame Street at home (apologies to Sesame Street).

    August 27, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  20. ALAN J

    Now this is what is being spent with "Public" school money, huh? They are paying thousand of dollars to a woman with a limited vocabulary and mind set! A divider and whack jab to speak???? She doesn't even know 75,000 words. shame on this school in these economic times, they could have given a kid a scholarship to go to school with that money it would have been much well spent.

    August 27, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  21. Laurie in Spokane

    $75.000.00? You'd literally have to PAY MEbig bucks to listen to her speak.

    August 27, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  22. Dustin

    Pre-Selected questions??? What a shocker!!!!!

    August 27, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  23. LISA

    wow. are you happy now?? Whats the big deal?? So afraid of Palin are you??? Ha ha

    August 27, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  24. carlos

    she does not know how to suck from a straight straw??????...now, you tea tards, taliservatives, talipublicans.....who is the ELITIST?????....the more you get to know your idol the less she appears to be .....she is more a comatose iliterate and opportunist....and who is paying for the trip to DC this weekend???? the Koch bros or the mushroom looking armey with his oversized hat.???.....pay up suckers.

    August 27, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  25. doug

    The same libs who are foaming at the mouth over this had no problem with Michelle Obama needing 30 five star rooms for her vacation in Spain.

    With the way Democrats are in America today, it is no wonder that Sarah Palin needs her water to be unopened. It is not like even 1% of them have the decency and values that every Republican has.

    August 27, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
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