Seems Sarah Palin might be a little worried that dumpster-diving students have discovered how much California State University Stanislaus paid her for her speech at a university dinner last night. According to the Christian Science Monitor, since Palin’s speech was announced, California State University Stanislaus have refused to say how much they were paying her – something which could be against the law, as CSU Stanislaus is a public university. But, dumpster-diving students may have put a stop to the secrecy.
Angry with CSU Stanislaus inviting Sarah Palin and paying a high fee for her appearance (reports say she charges as much as $100,000 per speech), a group of students climbed into dumpsters and went through university trash. Rummaging through paperwork, they came up with several sheets that may be Palin’s contract. First-class airfares were listed, as well as accommodation in a luxury hotel. Both things making students even angrier at what they perceive as a waste of money spent on Sarah Palin.
The university’s secrecy on the Sarah Palin speech has also caused California Attorney General, Jerry Brown, to begin investigating the university and its fundraiser. As a non-profit, they are legally obligated to disclose all monies coming in and going out, so refusing to state how much Sarah Palin was paid is likely against California law.
Sarah Palin, of course, is furious about the students dumpster-diving for documents as well as angry at Jerry Brown and his investigation. What the ill-informed woman doesn’t seem to understand is, if something like this is brought to Brown’s attention, as Attorney General, he is legally obligated to investigate it. A non-profit organization, whether they’re a school, university, food bank or homeless shelter all have to file paperwork with the IRS and all paperwork has to be handed over to anyone from the public who asks for it. This is how they keep their non-profit status. Don’t comply, non-profit status can be taken away.
Palin isn’t doing the university or herself any favors with the CSU Stanislaus visit either. California has been cutting programs and classes for the state’s schools and universities for the last couple of years, due to budget shortfalls. For Sarah Palin to visit a university and ask for such an outrageously high fee (if she did indeed get double digit figures or higher), is a little unconscionable. Sure, the university says it may have raised $200,000 from the event. If costs to get Palin to the event are around $100,000 though, that’s a 50% outlay for expenses for the event and any professional fundraiser can tell you that falls short of the 15-20% expense threshold all reputable non-profits keep to.
Then again, not surprising for Sarah Palin. She always has been all about “me, me, me” and “money, money, money”. From her “Drill, baby, drill” comments (Screw Alaska and its wildlife, its all about the money and the oil), to her spending $150,000 on clothing during her VP campaign, Palin has shown over and over she’s selfish, a complete spendthrift and clueless. Now that’s somebody we want to trust with the finances of America. Yes, sirree.
Sarah Palin slams dumpster-diving students and Jerry Brown – Christian Science Monitor