University’s Sarah Palin Event Prompts Questions From California State Senator

A $500-a-seat June fund-raiser for the California State University-Stanislaus Foundation will have a big draw—Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and former Republican candidate for vice president. But a state senator from San Francisco, Leland Y. Yee, has sent a letter to the university’s president, Hamid Shirvani, demanding to know how much the foundation is paying Ms. Palin to speak at the event. “At a time when students are struggling to afford an education at CSU,” Mr. Yee, a Democrat, said in a written statement, “I would hope that spending potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars on a guest speaker for a black-tie gala would be low on the priority list.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, however, the university has no intention of answering Mr. Yee’s question—the president of the foundation’s board, Matt Swanson, told the newspaper that the university’s contract with Ms. Palin forbids disclosing her fee. Mr. Swanson did say, though, that the event is expected to raise between $100,000 and $200,000 for the foundation, even after expenses.



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