Sarah Palin’s speaking contract rider revealed!
Via Erika Bolstad at McClatchy DC, we learn of the ‘Van Halen’ details in Sarah Palin’s rider for speaking gigs.
Fortunately, she does not insist that anyone go through her bowl of M&Ms and throw away all of the brown ones.
They were published by SF Weekly, and found after California State University-Stanislaus claimed they didn’t exist. Apparently CSU-Stanislaus had shredded the docs, although students managed to find some pages after some dumpster diving and turn them over to the press.
Of course, in some regards, these seem totally reasonable – not wanting to share a private jet if you’re going to be on one isn’t really diva-ish, and I would expect that licensed and insured car services, instead of Billy’s 1988 Honda, be used for a VIP of Palin’s stature.
But some of them yield some amusement, too. For instance, the demand that Palin receive a printer fully stocked with paper to go with a laptop computer. I guess the Tea Party convention didn’t accommodate that demand, and that’s why Palin was writing notes on her hand?
And only pre-selected questions during the Q&A, huh? In addition to that gotcha journalism, I guess Palin isn’t really into gotcha lecture attendees, either.
And finally, the closest we get to Van Halen – the request for ‘bendable’ straws. No indication if she’ll only use straws that bend to the right…
Here’s the rider – enjoy.
From the documents on Washington Speakers Bureau letterhead Lewis and Briggs claim to have unearthed from a Turlock dumpster:
* Stipulations for “Round-trip, first class commercial air travel for two between Anchorage, Alaska and event city”
* Requirements for “full, unrestricted round-trip coach airfare for two between event city and lower 48 US States.”
* If the university were to hire a private jet, “the Speaker, their traveling party and the plane crew will be the only passengers.”
* Ground transportation in both the originating city and the event city “will be by SUV(s) from a professionally licensed and insured car service.”
* “security arrangements as deemed necessary by [Washington Speakers Bureau] and the Speaker.”
* Accommodations are to include “a one-bedroom suite and two single rooms in a deluxe hotel” as well as a “laptop computer and printer (fully stocked with paper) and high speed internet” and “all meals and incidentals.”
* “For Q&A, the questions are to be collected from the audience in advance, pre-screened and a designated representative shall ask questions directly of the Speaker.”
* The contract also includes other stipulations regarding autographs, photographs, press releases, advertising, recording, lighting, bottled water and “bendable straws.”