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Flap Over Palin Visit To CSU Stanislaus, Shredded Documents

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
After getting a tip, a small group of CSU Stanislaus students went through dumpsters outside an administration building last Friday – which was a furlough day. They found what appears to be part of a contract for Sarah Palin’s June appearance at the school – in addition to other documents, some shredded. The contract calls for first-class airfare and rooms at a luxury hotel. 23-year old Ashli Briggs was one of the students:

What we seek is transparency. We want to know what’s going on. This is our campus. It’s Californians’ campus. All Californians deserve to know what is going on.”
Democratic State Senator Leland Yee has asked for the details of Palin’s visit, including how much she’s being paid. He says university officials told him they didn’t have that information. 

 “To some extent this is our little Watergate in the state of California.”

In response to Yee’s allegations, a spokesperson with the University says no one has been instructed to destroy vital documents on anyone’s behalf. The Palin event is being put on by the nonprofit CSU Stanislaus Foundation. Officials with the foundation say their contract with Palin prevents them from disclosing her speaker’s fee. Yee is pushing legislation that would require groups like the foundation to adhere to the state’s public records laws.  He’s also asked the Attorney General to investigate.
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