Valley GOP backs Sarah Palin visit

Four Republican lawmakers laid out a welcome mat for former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's June visit to California State University, Stanislaus.

She's been in the crosshairs of Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, since the university's nonprofit foundation last week signed her to speak at the school's 50th anniversary celebration.

State Sens. Jeff Denham of Atwater and Dave Cogdill of Modesto with Assemblymen Tom Berryhill of Modesto and Bill Berryhill of Ceres wrote a letter to CSU Chancellor Charles Reed praising the foundation for bringing Palin to campus.

The foundation is charged with raising money to support the school, and it's technically not part of the university.

"As the old adage goes, sometimes it takes money to make money. The sold out (with a waiting list) event that features former Gov. Sarah Palin as the keynote speaker for the 50th Anniversary Celebration was clearly a stroke of marketing genius; one that will clearly help fund student scholarships and other campus activities," the lawmakers wrote.

Yee has been pressing the foundation to disclose her speaking fee, believed to be about $100,000.