Cash Strapped Cal State Campus Pays Sarah Palin Hefty Fee

Cal State Stanislaus officials say the foundation arm of the cash-strapped public university paid Sarah Palin $75,000 to speak at their 50th anniversary gala. The former Alaska governor's speech last month at CSU drew intense criticism and scrutiny and also attracted sizable donations for the public school.

Additional details only came to light after students fished part of what appeared to be Palin's contract from a rubbish bin, which prompted State Attorney General Jerry Brown to launch an investigation into the finances of the university's foundation arm and allegations that the nonprofit violated public disclosure laws.

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