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Hillís $nub of U.S. companies in purchase of crystal stemware is clear
New York Post -- Page Six ^ | March 15, 2010 | Geoff Earle

Posted on 12/30/2013 1:58:02 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s State Department is spending $5.4 million to buy fine crystal stemware for American embassies — but it won’t give the US economy much of a boost.

The contract was given to a tiny Washington, DC, interior designer, which in turn subcontracted the crystal work to a Swedish firm — snubbing such US companies as the famous manufacturer in Clinton’s own back yard, Steuben Crystal of upstate Corning.

The firm didn’t even get a chance to bid on the contract, which will outfit embassies and ambassadors’ residences with fancy crystal for ritzy functions.

Ironically, under the no-bid contract, some of the crystal is to be custom-crafted to include the seal of the United States, although Swedes will do all of the manufacturing.

Contracting rules require any American firms that subcontract work to use a domestic firm or get a waiver.

The firm that got the contract, Systems Design Inc., is a small interior-design firm in tony Georgetown. The company, which is eligible for minority small-business contracts, does not appear to have done any similar work.

After getting the contract in September, the firm subcontracted to Swedish glassmaker Orrefors/Kosta Boda USA.

Department spokesman Darby Holladay said Systems Design couldn’t find a domestic producer who could meet the 100 percent lead-free requirement, although a Steuben spokesman said it does manufacture lead-free crystal.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: buyamerican; buyus; chrystal; crony; crystal; embassies; hillary; hillaryclinton; kostaboda; orrefors; outofcontrol; statedept; statedeptrunamok; statedeptspending; steuben
This article is older, but I'd never read it before. It is something to add to the file to use against Hillary in 2016.
1 posted on 12/30/2013 1:58:02 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic; onyx; Clinton's a liar

Doesn’t this take the cake?


2 posted on 12/30/2013 1:59:47 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Doesn’t this take the cake?

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No, that would be the silver flatware.

;-)


3 posted on 12/30/2013 2:03:00 PM PST by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the Seals of Extortion 17 - and God Bless Americaa)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

This should be illegal, there was a time if we were doing construction work in a government facility we were required to use American Manufactured unless specs stated otherwise.


4 posted on 12/30/2013 2:03:12 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I wonder how much of that 5.4 million will find it’s way back to a Hillary Clinton PAC ?

My bet is 10 % of the top....


5 posted on 12/30/2013 2:04:54 PM PST by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

You can be sure the actual cost was probably around half of the $5.4 million reported— the rest is kickbacks to Clinton cronies.


6 posted on 12/30/2013 2:04:59 PM PST by pierrem15 (Claudius: "Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.")
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To: afraidfortherepublic

It seems as though the owner of Systems Design, Inc was sentenced for fraud last year.

http://nypost.com/2011/07/14/decorator-gets-prison-stripes/


7 posted on 12/30/2013 2:35:31 PM PST by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska
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To: afraidfortherepublic

This is pretty outrageous ... BUT... technically it isn’t Clinton’s State Department anymore.


8 posted on 12/30/2013 2:46:51 PM PST by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

From the New York Post in 2011:

Decorator gets prison stripes
By Geoff Earle
July 14, 2011 | 4:00am

.WASHINGTON — Darlene Mathis-Gardner, the DC interior designer who admitted to ripping off the government — and who got a $5.4 million contract to design glassware for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s State Department — now has 18 months to contemplate how to spruce up a jail cell.

Judge Richard Leon handed down the stiff sentence in federal court yesterday.

Mathis-Gardner also must pay restitution of $390,000 for using a string of fraudulent statements to get the Department of Homeland Security to hire her tiny firm for a $1.3 million interior-design job in 2007.


9 posted on 12/30/2013 2:48:50 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Winstons Julia

BUT, this happened when is WAS Clinton’s State Department and when the nation was in the throes of an unemployment crisis.


10 posted on 12/30/2013 2:49:51 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

My apologies. I neglected to note the date on the story and assumed it was current.


11 posted on 12/30/2013 3:22:38 PM PST by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: Popman
I wonder how much of that 5.4 million will find it’s way back to a Hillary Clinton PAC ? My bet is 10 % of the top....

You think like I do. The Democrat party is nothing but a money laundry.

12 posted on 12/30/2013 3:59:44 PM PST by Lion Den Dan
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To: afraidfortherepublic

When anything is done by Hillary, follow the $$$$$$$$$$$ first.


13 posted on 12/30/2013 4:42:47 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft (Remember Ty Woods? Glenn Doherty ? Forgot already?)
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