Palin's future fundraiser at California university causes uproar

Modesto BeeMarch 29, 2010 

TURLOCK — They wanted a speaker who would generate attention, and they got it.

Complaints and questions have descended on the California State University, Stanislaus, Foundation since it announced last week that former vice presidential candidate and ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin would headline a black-tie fund-raiser in June for the university's 50th anniversary celebration.

A state senator from San Francisco wants to know how much the foundation is paying Palin, pointing out that very few students could afford the $500 ticket price.

A student group is organizing a protest and its own event in response.

A professor started a Facebook group "Sarah Palin, Terrible Choice for 50th Anniversary of CSU Stanislaus."

Matt Swanson, president of the university foundation, said he expected a vigorous response to Palin's selection.

"I didn't know it would be this big, this fast," he said. "But first and foremost, this is a fund-raising event. We saw Gov. Palin as somebody who is obviously a big celebrity and on the forefront of the public eye."

Swanson said tickets have been selling fast.

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