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. LouAz

    Wonder if Beck is getting the same price for her "participation" in his Carnival Show in Washington, DC this weekend ? Money is the American Way isn't it ? You betcha, Ole!

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

    Now if we could only get someone to release Obama/Soetoro's Long Form B.C., Occidental records, Harvard records, applications for student aid, medical records, etc. we might find out who he really is.

    August 27, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. Clint, Wa.

    Just goes to show how many stupid people there are in this world to pay that kind of money for this twit, and you know they are all Repubs.

    August 27, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. LA_Joe

    Only pre-screened questions. That way she can run her answers by Limbaugh, Hannity and Beck before she shows up! Really America? This is the best and the brightest? And she ridicules Obama who went into the Republican caucus and took un-screened questions. Any reporter who meets with ANY public official should refuse to provide the questions up front. There's nothing wrong with, "I'm not sure, can I look into it and get back to you?" We'll never get an honest public official again if we can't ask them anything we happen to have on our mind.

    August 27, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. Cat, Holt MO

    She is a grafter, how long is going to take for those who think she is "something good" to realize she is in it for the MONEY. She is to stupid to be Governor, and God forbid Vice President. So she has found a few morons to pay her to stand up in front of people and show just how stupid she is.
    She is an idiot and anyone who pays to listen to she garbage is twice as stupid.

    August 27, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  6. Anthony IN DALLAS

    Now we are begining to really understand why the un-American half governor quit on the good people of Alaska. Shame on her, and she wants to be the president of what country? sure not the greatest nation in the world.

    August 27, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. charlesalvarez

    It seems to me that Jerry Brown has not enough things to do in the great state of California, never mind the crime, drugs, rapes, theft , and of course the gangs of Cali, let's go after arah Palinn a person that does not even hold a political ioffice, you know Jerry w you were useless back in the 60's and 70's and you are still useless today what a jerk and a poor example to your father.....

    August 27, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. CathyInAZ

    AND she thinks she represents the "common people". This woman is a hypocrite of monster proportions.

    August 27, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. cathstar

    So, Sarah Palin requests "pre-selected audience questions." I'm shocked because whenever she answers impromptu questions she always sounds so brilliant. I wonder how many "pre-selected answers" she can manage to write on her palms.

    August 27, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. Klaxon McFlinderginder

    Pre-selected audience questions. Yup, Sarah has to be prepared for trickk questions like "What do you read?"

    I find it astounding that people would actually pay to listen to her tangle-brained self-absorbed poison-tongued gibberish. These must be the same people who have right-wing propaganda talk radio going all day long to find out what their opinions are.

    August 27, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  11. BobRoss

    I don't care how conservative/Republican you are (I am conservative), you have to see that Palin's political aspirations are done. Her image has been tarnished beyond repair.

    August 27, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  12. Carol

    Pay to hear her answer pre-selected questions? No way. I would rather watch the impromptu conversation she had recently with an Alaska school teacher – that was far more important.

    August 27, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  13. Jeff Gordon

    Is this article supposed to be a revelation ? Let's see – how much do the other clowns get for a lecture – like Bill Clinton, or Beck, or Limbaugh, or any other shallow media celebs ? Bottom line: if people are stupid enough to pay for it, they get what they deserve.

    August 27, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  14. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    "Leer 60 or larger"

    Hahahaha. The shrieking cow can't even spell Lear right. Have a nice day!

    August 27, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  15. alice

    how can sara palin's events set records when she dumb and stupid

    August 27, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  16. Ronald Schwartz

    That is cheap compared to most of the political folks and speakers out there.
    I beleive they wanted the info for political reasons only and since it was requested by democrats, I know i', right.

    August 27, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  17. JOKIBI

    Can someone explain to me what the appeal of this woman is? I just dont get it.

    August 27, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  18. jack

    do you think bill clinton speaks for free? how do you think he paid for chelsea's wedding? how do you think he paid the huge legal bills from his problems at the end of his presidency? not on what he saved from his salary as president or hillary's salary as secretary of state.

    August 27, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  19. Jason

    Pre-selected audience questions...nuff said.

    August 27, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  20. MikeBike

    $75,000 to listen to an idiot spit-out tired, folksy BS? Ah, the American Dream.

    August 27, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  21. The Other Michael in Houston

    So how much it does it cost to shut her up and make her go away forever? That what America wants to know.

    August 27, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  22. get real

    I wouldn't pay one bendy straw to hear this woman lie and babble incoherently.

    August 27, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  23. Uncle Snerdly

    Sarah and Tim McVeigh would have made a great team.They could have had a wonderful militia and run forPresident in 2012.

    August 27, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  24. debra from georgia

    I told yall she is a crook, not only she is an idiot, she is a crook.

    August 27, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  25. Julie P

    And now she's going cry victim because the "liberal" media exposed her for the fraud she is.

    August 27, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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