Dumpster diving—or the diminutive version, dustbin diving—is never a savory task, but a group of enterprising students from California State University, Stanislaus, had a tip-off before they dug around in the campus trash to find documents detailing Sarah Palin’s accommodations, air travel arrangements and other pertinent information about her upcoming visit to their school.
From the look of it, she’ll be quite well taken care of, although the rummaged-up paperwork didn’t specify how much she’ll get as a speaking fee. —KA
AP via Google News:
The details of Palin’s contract with the California State University, Stanislaus, Foundation were contained in five pages of the document retrieved from a campus trash bin by students who heard administrators might be shredding documents related to the speech.
State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, who has been seeking details of Palin’s compensation package for several weeks, provided copies of the paperwork Tuesday.
Among other perks, the former Alaska governor will fly first class from Anchorage to California—if she flies commercial. If not, “the private aircraft MUST BE a Lear 60 or larger ...,” the contract specifies.
Palin also must be provided with a suite and two single rooms in a deluxe hotel near the campus in Turlock in the Central Valley.
The Turlock Convention and Visitors Bureau said that would place the high-profile politician at the year-old Comfort Suites, where high-end rooms go for $139 a night.
The document, dated March 16, does not include compensation details for Palin, who commands speaking fees as high as $100,000. Her appearance at the university’s 50th anniversary gala is expected to draw a large crowd, with tickets selling for $500 each.
AP / J. Scott Applewhite