Yee showed off the documents – including parts of the university's speaking contract with Palin – that were found in the dumpster outside the university's administration building two days after university officials told Yee (D-San Francisco) that they did not have them. According to Yee, students at Cal State Stanislaus learned on Friday, April 9, that someone with the university had allegedly come in on a furlough day (a day when state workers stay home to save money for cash-strapped California) to destroy the documents. Yee has turned the documents over to investigators with the California Attorney General's office.
University officials have made no secret of their desire to keep the details of the contract with Palin under wraps. They said Palin was invited to speak by the university's foundation, its quasi-private non-profit fundraising arm, which they argued is not subject to public records requests.
Neither Washington Speakers Bureau nor a spokesperson for Sarah Palin responded to a request for comment about today's press conference.