Palin headlines a sold-out $200/plate fundraiser for the institute tonight at 7. Organizers haven't seen if she's getting paid, but a recent fight over a California college foundation's $75,000 contract with the former Alaska guv and VP candidate does shed some light on her other speech demands.
The chancellor of the chancellor of the 23-campus California State University system tried to suppress the Palin contract, and administrators had denied they had any documents pertaining to a June 25 speech at Cal State Stanislaus. But then a judge ordered the contract be made public, and here's what it said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle:
The contract also confirmed that Palin expected to be flown first class to her destination, be put up in a "deluxe" hotel - in this case the Doubletree Hotel in Modesto - and be driven around in an SUV or, if that was unavailable, a black town car. The contract also specified that she was to have two bottled waters and bendable straws placed on a well-lit wooden lectern where she was to speak.
Most of this was first revealed after students discovered discarded pieces of the secret contract in a trash container on university grounds. (Only an idiot would rummage through a dumpster like that -- Ed.) That was after university officials told Yee and CalAware, an open-government group, that they didn't have any Palin-related documents.
The ensuing lawsuit by CalAware forced the release of hundreds of pages of Palin-related paperwork from the university - but not the contract. Among them were e-mails showing that Charles Reed, chancellor of the 23-campus California State University system, favored suppressing the contract to avoid news stories about its contents.
That e-mail, and the finding that the university did possess Palin documents, led Stanislaus Superior Court Judge Roger Beauchesne on Monday to order the Turlock campus to release Palin's contract.
Photo: Palin jokes about straw at college speech. Merced Sun-Star.