Bendable straws….really?

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Speakers’ contracts are ALWAYS a lot of fun to obtain via FOI — try it on your local campus! Sarah Palin fought like a, well, renegade, but lost her bid to keep her contract secret….

A California university on Thursday released Sarah Palin’s contract for a June speech in order to comply with a court order.

California State University, Stanislaus, made the nine-page document public after saying earlier in the day that it did not have a copy.

The school said it obtained the contract from its nonprofit foundation arm, which handled the negotiations with the Washington Speakers Bureau to arrange the former Alaska governor’s appearance at a fundraiser.

Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Roger Beauchesne on Monday ordered CSU to hand over the contract, along with other documents related to Palin’s June 25 appearance at the university’s Turlock campus. The open-government group Californians Aware had filed a lawsuit in April accusing the university of violating its disclosure obligations under the California Public Records Act.

The contract, dated March 18, includes Palin’s $75,000 speaking fee—an amount the foundation made public in July. Other requests include first-class airfare for two from Anchorage to California—if she flies commercial. If not, “the private aircraft MUST BE a Lear 60 or larger …,” the contract specified.

The contract also said Palin must be provided with a suite and two single rooms in a deluxe hotel near the Central Valley campus. During her speech, her lectern must be stocked with two unopened water bottles and bendable straws.

Here is the contract.

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