Sarah Palin Speaking Contract Demands: Big Jets And Bendable Straws
Six pages of a contract between Sarah Palin and University of California Stanislaus were discovered by students in a dumpster, and it was revealed that among the demands for an appearance are two bottles of unopened water and “bendable straws” on a wooden lectern.
More costly were the requirement for her travel – the venue must supply her with business or first class commercial airfare, or with a private plane. And not just any jet will do.
“The private aircraft MUST BE a Lear 60 or larger (as defined by interior cabin space) for West Coast Events; or, a Hawker 800 or Larger (as defined by interior cabin space for) East Coast Events, and both are subject to the Speaker’s approval. The Speaker Reserves the right to change the flight plans at any time,” the contract states.
The Cal State speech – which is believed to be costing the university’s foundation about $75,000 — became grist for controversy when California state Sen. Leland Yee questioned the wisdom of the expense at a time when the state is in the grips of a budget crisis.
California State Senator Leland Yee had questioned the expense and asked that details of the contract be made public, something the university would not do.
University officials have made no secret of their desire to keep the details of the contract with Palin under wraps. They said Palin was invited to speak by the university’s foundation, its quasi-private non-profit fundraising arm, which they argued is not subject to public records requests.Click here for reuse options!
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