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. Marie MD

    I thought they couldn't find the contract? What a court order will do!
    This is the famous meeting/photos of her first gig with botox. She looks like she can't move her face!!! Those deep lines are goe around her mouth.
    If it would work to keep her mouth shut and that high pitch sound from coming through then we would be all set.
    Lincoln is going to stand up and walk away when she starts talking tomorrow at the Mall!! Poor guy.

    August 27, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. Jim

    Frankly, I am not surprised. The American public created the entitlement in this woman to make such demands, and now we are stunned to see what she asks for. Frankly, the only thing that offends me is that my tax dollars are going to pay for such a speaker. I have no problems with Palin sayin what she wants on her shows, etc, but I don't want her speaking to kids and poisoning their minds with her politics. She's the worst speaker I have ever seen on TV, and can only imagine that it's even worse on person.

    August 27, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  3. ysidero

    HAHAHAHA No thin lectern, so as not to reveal her fat ass? And, couldn't somebody on her staff be savvy enough to spell *Lear* correctly? Palin is SO out of her league, she needs to go run for Wasilla mayor again, against her on-again, off-again, would-be son in law.

    August 27, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. librarian

    What else is new ? The woman is only interested in $$$$$ and the idiots who listen to her and/or buy books she did not write are just that: idiots.

    August 27, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. Larry

    Old news – get something interesting

    August 27, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. sammy

    Please, please expose her. Anyone that can show this money grubbing, self centered, ego maniac for what she is. Why does she need a certain airplane and first class, because she' s a regular person like the rest of us? No it's because she's full of you know what!!! She is one of the most dihonest, self absorbed person that sucks these zombies into her cult!!! They can't pay their bills, yet they wil follow her right off a cliff! Show the country the contract-we can't wait to see it.

    August 27, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. Billy, NYC

    Money Talks ! Always !
    Is she one of the top 3% of rich people who need the Bush tax cut be extended?
    Surely she makes much more money now than while worked as the governor of Alaska. $$$ True Captialism in parade $$$
    Well, I should Palin my new career now. Oops! I create a new verb.

    August 27, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. Dano

    So it takes a "deluxe" hotel suite, a first class ticket or a private jet ("Leer 60 or larger"), pre-selected audience questions (well duh!), and "bendable" straws – not to mention the $75,000 in cash – to get Caribou Barbie to speak at your function? And she has the nerve to say that she represents the views and values of average, blue-collar working men and women?? This sounds more like the demands of a petulant diva or a rock star!

    August 27, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  9. Tom

    I love the pre-selected questions. All that dough and benefits for pablum. People who buy into this woman are proof of the dumbing down of America.

    August 27, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  10. cel

    She certainly has a high opinion of herself, for someone who quit her job mid term and started a rampage against anyone who thinks differently than she does. I wouldn't give you $75 gs for her AND McCain.

    August 27, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  11. Frank Ewing

    Wow, so record fund raising happened! When will the people in this country embrace INTELLIGENT life again? Gee, that would require that those attending these things really THINK and become AWARE of how they are being led by special interests only interested in lining their own pockets. Wasn't the Bush administrations last eight years of severe damage to the nation enough? Please, use your heads folks and don't buy into tax cuts that in the end will only HURT you!!

    August 27, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  12. David

    I dislike Sarah Palin as much as any other intelligent person, but I don't see why this is newsworthy from a political standpoint. Many, if not most, in-demand speakers have riders similar to this. She's more of a celebrity (what are we coming to!?) than a polician these days.

    August 27, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. Poser

    So Cal State Stanislaus spent 75,000 for Palin to speak. Wow. I think that is waste, fraud, and abuse.

    Waste and fraud: Palin
    Abuse: The poor audience listening to her inane speeches

    August 27, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  14. PubcrawlerNW

    Everything's copasetic with me regarding her contract. It just defines who she is. Spoiled wind-up doll that has to stick to rehearsed topics. People used to pay good money to see the freak show at the carnival. Guess they still will.

    August 27, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  15. DIANA

    So she's doing this out of the goodness of her heart – Aww.

    Diva. I wouldn't call her a political diva because she quit that. I wonder how the tinfoil people feel when they find out they've been duped by this idiot.

    August 27, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  16. Chandler02

    Shocker! Pre-selected questions? Ha! And she still has to write the answers on her hand...

    August 27, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  17. LithiumZero

    Pre-selected questions? She wouldn't know what to do without that in the contract. The only thing good about this woman are her looks. She's one hot grizzly mama but about as sharp as a bag of wet mice.

    August 27, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. bailoutsos

    "the document provides a revealing picture of the types of demands an A-list speaker can make" So? They can ask for whatever. If the foundation used the money wrong, then it is the foundation's issue, not Palin's.

    August 27, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  19. Sarah Please........

    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."

    Sounds more like EXTORTION to me..........

    How is some Wasillabilly Twitta Quitta blowhard worth this much???

    Oh wait – I get it – she only preaches to the choir of like-minded tea-tards who hang on her every unintelligible nonsense string of words....

    August 27, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  20. Admin

    Ill speak for 20.00...save your money 🙂

    August 27, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  21. Phil

    Pre-selected audience questions....

    Right - she doesn't want to get sideswiped by one of those questions she couldn't possibly answer like "What magazines do you read?"

    August 27, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  22. Clint

    Is this supposed to be news CNN? Or just another dig at a Republican

    August 27, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  23. davec.0121

    Ah yes, just one of the little people, motivated only by her desire to save America. If she really cared, she would do it for free, or cost, or at least, economy-class seats.

    August 27, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  24. Toad

    Big deal this is small compared to other speakers! Is she suppose to do it for nothing? Get a grip!

    August 27, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  25. Squigman

    No one in their right mind would pay to see, or hear this cretin. Wake up America. This idiot is not, repeat, not on your side, and does not have your interest at heart.

    August 27, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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