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Lawmaker seeks probe of Sarah Palin's planned appearance at California university

April 8, 2010 |  8:28 am

A California lawmaker is calling for the state attorney general to investigate the circumstances surrounding Sarah Palin's upcoming appearance at a state university.

Palin is scheduled to appear at Cal State Stanislaus' 50th anniversary gala on June 25 -- a fundraiser that has stoked controversy.

State Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) on Wednesday accused Cal State Stanislaus officials of violating the public trust by failing to disclose documents about the event. He has asked Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown to investigate.

Yee and the nonprofit group Californians Aware filed public-records requests with the university last week, seeking documents relating to Palin’s appearance, particularly how much she is being paid. 

A campus official said there were no such documents, but Yee’s office acquired a March 29 e-mail about the Palin appearance sent by a university vice president, which Yee said should have been disclosed. 

The university responded Wednesday that it did not provide the e-mail because it was circulated to faculty and staff and the public-records request excluded documents prepared for public release.

-- Carla Rivera

Photo: Sarah Palin. Credit: Associated Press