Sarah Palin was outraged when she learned that students had ‘dumpster dived’ to find out how much she was paid to speak at the California State University, Stanislaus. She felt that the students had better things to focus on, than wasting their resources in a dumpster. Officials at the college refused to divulge how much Palin was paid. The students during their dive did learn that the one time governor of Alaska did receive two first class airplane tickets and a deluxe hotel accommodations.
In a recent article it also states that:
Officials say the university foundation that organized the fundraiser is legally exempt from public records requirements.
Friday’s sold-out dinner will bring in more than $200,000, making the gala the most successful fundraiser in the university’s history, said university foundation board president Matt Swanson.
“We’re not here to make a political statement, we’re here to make money,” Swanson said.
The funds will help pay for scholarships and a variety of pressing campus needs, which the foundation will determine after consulting with university officials, officials said.
The rural university, like dozens of other public colleges, has had to cut some classes and cancel several scholarships as a result of California’s ongoing financial woes.
Putting the politics aside, doesn’t the public have a right to know how much she was paid? If the event was held off campus, would that of made a difference? I believe it would have. Holding an event on a publicly owned university, funded by taxpayers dollars, could justify an inquiry.
What do you think?