Earlier this year, state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, demanded to know how much the CSU Stanislaus Foundation was paying former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to speak at a June fundraiser.
The foundation refused to say.
At that point, the situation could have deteriorated into a war of political ideology. But the request sparked a revelation about the CSU campus foundations, which manage about $1.6 billion.
The foundations aren't at all transparent, and it appears that they aren't always responsible, either.