CSU Stanislaus is turning 50 and it's foundation wants to throw a party. The guest of honor? Former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin.
Once again, the former governor is courting controversy. State Senator Leland Yee wants to know how much she is getting paid and who is footing the bill.
Matt Swanson, president of the CSU Stanislaus Foundation says taxpayers aren't paying to bring Palin to Turlock.
"We're not only using no state money, we're not even using existing foundation dollars," says Swanson.
Swanson says the foundation is raising money outside of their current accounts to bring Palin to campus. Her appearance will bring more money to the foundation, which will in turn bring more money to the students. But what Swanson won't reveal is how much Palin is getting paid - that remains a secret.
Celebs like Alan Alda from M*A*S*H make about $100,000 per appearance, which is rumored to be Palin's paycheck from being the keynote speaker at the recent Tea Party Convention.
Swanson says it's a case of spending money to make money for Stanislaus State, with her June speech likely bringing in more than $200,000 dollars. The foundation president says Palin's speech is causing some rifts, but is also creating a marketing buzz that can't be beat.
"We needed someone who had the celebrate and the appeal and the controversy to some degree can be helpful for us because there's a lot of interested parties on both sides," says SwansonCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun