A Woman of the People...In Lear Jets

Sarah Palin's contract rider is so down-to-earth, middle America we can hardly stand it.

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Sarah Palin likes to ride in style for freedom!

Sarah Palin will get first-class airfare for two and three rooms at a luxury hotel when she gives a speech in June for a university foundation.

And organizers better not forget to stock her lectern with two water bottles and bendable straws.

The details of Palin's contract with the California State University, Stanislaus Foundation were contained in five pages of the document retrieved from a campus trash bin by students who heard administrators might be shredding documents related to the speech.

State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, provided copies of the paperwork Tuesday.

Among other perks, Palin will fly first class - if she flies commercial. If not, "the private aircraft MUST BE a Lear 60 or larger ...," the contract specifies. She also must be provided with a suite and two single rooms in a deluxe hotel.

The document, dated March 16, does not include compensation details for Palin, who commands speaking fees as high as $100,000.

The students said they acted on a tip that documents were being shredded last Friday, when campus staff members were supposed to be on furlough.

The foundation previously denied a request to release details of the contract made by The Associated Press under the California Public Records Act.

Last week, the university responded to a public records request by Yee by saying it did not have any documents related to Palin's appearance and had referred the matter to foundation board president Matt Swanson.

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