The university first denied having any records related to the former Republican vice presidential nominee's appearance. The documents came to light after a second public records request. A First Amendment group calls the reversal suspicious.
"I can't understand how they could have made that rapid and unconditional response," Terry Francke, director of government watchdog group CalAware told the Modesto Bee. "They suggested we ask the foundation."
Dawn Theodora, attorney for the CSU system explains there's a simple explanation for the apparent reversal. The group's first request was for records pertaining to Palin's appearance, the second was for records relating to the gala.
The university's nonprofit foundation signed the Palin contract, which requires her payment for the June 25 speech to be kept confidential.
The group has sued the university and the foundation for the contract.