TURLOCK, CA—An open government group has filed a lawsuit against CSU Stanislaus seeking contract records for Sarah Palin's upcoming campus appearance in June.
Earlier this week, students found shredded documents in the trash, documents outlining Palin's fee to speak, and special requests.
"What we are concerned with is the fact that the university and the foundation are saying that no public funds are being used in this arrangement and yet the they're refusing to allow us to see the documents that simply establish that,"said Terry Franke of Californians Aware.
When the university turned down State Senator Leland Yee's request to see the records, this group stepped in to help.
"We believe the university has all the records that are needed to assure the public that the foundations are behaving properly and that those records should be open to the public."
Franke adds the university's foundations are required by law to show how funds are raised for campus related activities.
Representatives from CSU Stanislaus say the documents for Palin's visit are between the Washington Speakers Bureau and the university foundation.
"The foundation is not a state agency and is not subject to the public records act, which has been the case for decades," said Matt Swanson, President of CSU Stanislaus University Foundation.