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."

Filed under: Sarah Palin
soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. Tired American

    Of all the things we are facing today, give it a rest! Who cares what or how a private citizen makes there money. Don't have of the political people end up flying from here to there speaking and making a killing for screwing up the country

    August 27, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. dblzap

    "Pre-selected audience questions"

    What a phoney, but we would not to confuse her with real questions

    And the GOP is still thinking of running her against Obama?


    August 27, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. William

    pre-selected audience questions"

    August 27, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. Big Jilm

    Pre-selected questions? I'm not surprised in the least.

    August 27, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. dianne

    Sarah Palin deserves an A-list order just like everyone else. Why would she not? CNN's attempt to villify this American Patriot are so stupid. I hope the American Public sees through this! Sarah Palin demands no more than anyone else on her level. I wonder why CNN doesn't look at the democratic leaders demands for p[ublic speaking? Could it be that CNN is biased?

    August 27, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. Craig

    Good to see her making money for doing really nothing while hard workers lose there job.

    August 27, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. downhome blues

    I am now for Palin! If this is common everyday down home grow your food cut your grass you betcha Republican Family Values, I want a Piece of the American Peach PIE!!!!!

    August 27, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. Frankie

    But its not a secret that she attacks obama and the dems for the money she earns, this woman is a total appology to all women, she does not stand for what women stands for, her only concern is sarah palin.. there is no fact no figure in all her press releases... women all over America should repudiate this moron for disgracing them.

    August 27, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. WBinNT

    Bendable straws! That's outrageous! Doesn't she know there is a recession?!

    August 27, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. Prof. KS

    I am not at all surprised that someone like Sarah Palin would request pre-selected audience questions so she would have plenty of time to read and understand them first and then ask her assistants for good answers! If she did not have that opportunity, her ignorance would be exposed again...

    August 27, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. Eleanor

    You know what? Everyone that has a speaking contract has things like this in their contract! Look at those too. Why are you always picking on what the women want?

    August 27, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. Operation Crush Rush

    Smells like another of her coverups,just like the fact she favors bashing baby seals to death for their fur.

    August 27, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  13. Living in America

    Did she sign it and say "GOTCHA". I guess she is showing yall she is ot so dumb after all.

    August 27, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. Brian

    The tragedy is that people are showing up to listen to her.

    August 27, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. MSH, Miami, FL

    "Pre-selected audience questions" utterly pathetic. Please, go back to Alaska. There's a role in "Housewives of Wasilla" waiting for you there, and you don't have to worry - all the lines are scripted, just like your speeches, which are nothing more than sound bites tacked together with no substance in between.

    August 27, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. mj

    "Brought in Record Amounts". Those words speak volumes. Good for her! I would change agents, however, Bill Clinton get a heck of a lot more.

    August 27, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  17. nevadian

    no surprise there.....nitwits can't answer real questions.

    August 27, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  18. dianne

    Good. I think she deserves even more than this flimsy contract.

    August 27, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  19. Iowa Eyes

    This hate filled truth twisting wench isn't worth 75 cents. This shows what a "USER" and greedy hag she really is.

    August 27, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  20. lindaglenn

    If Americans are dumb enough to give Sara Palin their money then more power to her. i would not give her a dime of my money.

    August 27, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  21. Kay

    Her presidency is sure going to be interesting!

    August 27, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If the event is run by or for the benefit of a public institution, then there needs to be some disclosure about what was done in the planning and contract for the events. Given what she is about, it would be nice to know.

    August 27, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  23. LINDA

    Deluxe suite, first class ticket or Lear jet, pre-slected questions, bendable straws? AND 75,000 in cash. Not bad for your average hockey mom. And republicans actually believe that bogus nonsense as to why she quit as governor of Alaska. People get real.

    August 27, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. Bob of Lompoc

    The State of California provided the Lear Jet, High Class Hotel and $75,000 of tax payer money for an appearance by her? First: That is really stupid. Second: Where are the Republicans, complaining about how CA is broke and the Dems are breaking it. It is well known the County where she spoke at that branch of the U. of CA, is Agriculture 100%, and over run with Republicans. I guess Republicans feel comfortable blowing the big tax payer bucks, as long as it is on them. Hypocrites!

    August 27, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. sonny chapman

    Yep, she's "Common Folk"; and NEVER forgot where she came from.

    August 27, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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