California attorney general -- and gubernatorial candidate -- Jerry Brown said he will investigate how a Cal State University charity plans to pay former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to give a speech this summer.
Palin is scheduled to speak at a June 25 gala hosted by Cal State Stanislaus's foundation to mark the university's 50th anniversary.
"Certainly Sarah Palin has a right to give speeches, people have a right to pay her what they think," Brown said during a stop at San Diego's airport Tuesday night. "But a charity has a limited and specific mission, and the money that the charity raises from donors must only be spent in furtherance of that mission and those goals."
Brown said his investigation is not about politics, but rather about public disclosure of organizations embedded in state-run universities.
Officials have not said how much they are paying Palin for the appearance, although her standard speaking fee is widely reported at $100,000. Tuesday, State Senator Leland Yee revealed a long list of perks Palin will receive from the school -- everything from first-class airfare to bendable straws.
A group of students said they found documents revealing the perks -- plus parts of the university’s speaking contract with Palin -- in a dumpster on campus. They said they searched the dumpster based on a tip.
"We just sat there and looked at (the document)," said Alicia Lewis, one of the students. "We're looking it over, just couldn't believe we found the one thing that this whole issue is about. "
Here are other perks outlined in the documents, according to Yee:
The university foundation has said that because private donations are involved, there is no requirement to disclose details of Palin's visit, including what she's being paid. Yee is pushing a bill to require foundations to engage in full disclosure.