Responding to a public records request from SF Weekly
, the California State University system has sent along an "event accounting summary" of June's controversial appearance by Sarah Palin at CSU Stanislaus.
Yet the one-page summary is hardly a complete accounting -- and hasn't come close to satiating critics who assailed the university for hiding Palin's fee and the costs associated with the fund-raiser
The CSU document claims the university system spent $265,735 on the event, and brought in $468,035 -- a profit of $202,300. Among other expenses, it paid Palin $75,000 for three hours of work, and also spent $2,500 to put her up at the Double Tree in Modesto.
You can read the document here: The Palin speech first hit the news March, when San Francisco state Sen. Leland Yee demanded to know how much this was costing the CSU system -- and, citing a confidentiality clause in the contract with Palin, university officials rebuffed
him. The case took a turn for the bizarre when, days after Stanislaus officials told Yee documents he'd requested didn't exist, students found them in a dumpster along with materials that had been shredded by university employees en masse on a furlough Friday
. That spurred an investigation by the state Attorney General's office and led to CalAware's lawsuit.
Yee's Chief of Staff, Adam Keigwin, was less than thrilled with Stanislaus' most recent "disclosure."
"This isn't enough," he said. "There are no salaries in there for public employees who are also working for the Stanislaus Foundation" -- the university's private, auxiliary group, which hosted the Palin event. "Every foundation employee is a full-time state employee. We need their salaries and benefits."
Claudia Keith, CSU's assistant vice chancellor of public affairs, told SF Weekly
that no costs were incurred by the legal battle over the Palin documents, as in-house counsel handled the case. Of course, time spent by lawyers staving off a lawsuit was time that could have ostensibly been spent on something else -- which was also the case with all of the public employees who spent time working on this event. Keith told SF Weekly
that lawyers' hours were not tracked.
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