Update: 4:30PM: I spoke about an hour ago with Bill Young, Lane Co. Party Chairman. Young said that the expenditure is correct but that he believes the "accounts receivable" entry to be a mistake--perhaps on the party's part. The $17,500 to Washington Speaker's Bureau is the amount they've paid.
Yesterday, the Lane County GOP announced that they're bringing quitter-Alaska-Governor Sarah Palin to Eugene in April for their annual Lincoln Day fundraiser:
Bill Young, the party’s Lane County chairman, confirmed Tuesday that the former vice-presidential candidate/former Alaska governor/current best-selling author will be the keynote speaker at the party’s annual Lincoln Day fundraiser at the Hilton Eugene on April 23.
The fundraiser is typically held in February near Lincoln’s birthday, “but we made a special dispensation for her schedule,” Young said. “For some reason, we figured her schedule was more important than that date.”
Young said local Republican Party leaders have been working with Palin’s handlers for nearly a year in an effort to bring her here. He would not say how much Palin’s visit will cost — in fact, the contract with her speakers’ bureau prohibits disclosing the amount.
There are two January 12, 2010 transactions for the Lane County Republican Central Committee involving Washington Speaker's Bureau (WSB). Sarah Palin is exclusively represented by WSB, according to her page at the site. The two transactions are for $17,500 each.
One of the transactions is listed as a "cash expenditure". This means that the Lane County GOP Central Committee cut a check to the WSB. The other is listed as a "Miscellaneous Account Receivable". I put in a call to the Secretary of State's Office, Election Division to ask about why the "accounts receivable" transaction would be listed that way. The helpful woman at the SOS office said that they couldn't be sure, but it's likely that it's listed that way in case Palin is a no show. The listing would allow them to get their money back, she said.
However to be sure, I placed a call to Dr. Bill Young, the party's Lane County Chairman. I have yet to hear back. I also left a message for party Treasurer Steve Moe. I'll report back when (if) I hear from them.