CLINTON POLITICS AND PROFITEERING: Boeing CEO questioned on donations to Clinton foundation Boeing's CEO faced pointed questions about its charitable donation to the tax-exempt Clinton Foundation in the same year that then-Secy of State Hillary Clinton advocated on Boeing's behalf on an official tax-financed trip to Russia.
(POSTER'S NOTE: Some might say it was common to advocate for US business---but then very few previous advocates had a presidential campaign on the burner----nor did they have three tax-exempt foundations panhandling donations from corporations.)
David Almasi, shareholder and representative of the National Center for Public Policy Research think tank, asked Boeing the question, and gave an indication of the kinds of challenges that companies could face as Hillary weighs a run for president. Dozens of major corporations have made charitable donations to the Clinton Foundation in recent years.
Almasi called the Boeing donation a "clear conflict of interest" that seemed "reckless and unnecessary." (According to Almasi's notes, CEO McNearney called an implication that the donation might have been legally questionable "beyond the pale.")
Boeing contributed $900,000 to the Clinton family foundation (there are three) just months after Clinton had traveled to Russia, where she made what she called a "shameless pitch" for a state-owned Russian company to buy Boeing passenger jets. Boeing won the $3.7 billion Russian contract in June 2010. (Some facts excerpted from wahingtonpost.com report.)
Secy of State Hillary's incessant globe-trotting raises new questions about her motives....since it is well-known her global travels contributed nothing to US foreign policy.
Hefty corporate donations to the Clintons' tax-exempt foundations are nice...... but exchanging valuable US ntl security info for campaign contributions......that could really add up.
(CACKLE) and to think the airheaded State Dept sorority sister could not name EVEN ONE of Hillary's accomplishments at State?
And just who cleaned out the State Dept's bank accounts? News reports say the State Department announced it has "no idea" what happened to $6 billion used to pay its contractors..... a special management alert warned significant financial risk and a lack of internal control at State has led to billions of unaccounted dollars over the last six years....under Hillary's watch.
NY based-Cornings political action committee gave $33,000 to Hillary and her leadership PAC. Then-Sen Hillary in return showered Corning with earmarks, mandates, and regulations that forced or paid businesses to use Corning products, such as specialty tailpipe filters and catalysts. The New York Times covered this dynamic in a 2006 article headlined Company Finds Clinton Useful, and Vice Versa.
The Times reporters wrote: In April 2003, a month after Corning's political action committee gave $10,000 to her re-election campaign, Mrs. Clinton announced legislation that would provide hundreds of millions in federal aid to reduce diesel pollution, using, among other things, technology pioneered by Corning. Most conspicuously, Corning executives switched from backing her Republican opponent Rick Lazio in October 2000 to flooding her campaign with donations. A few weeks later, her husbands administration issued an emissions rule that a local reporter called a big Christmas present [dropped] in the lap of Corning Inc.
<><> In 2006, Barr Laboratories CEO made his first contribution to Hillary's reelection....and within a month, Hillary announced she would block GWB's Food and Drug Administration nominee until the agency made Barrs Plan B morning-after contraceptive available over the counter. In those same days, she introduced legislation to subsidize Plan B.
<><> In 2008, Barr Executive Vice President Frederick J. Killion donated $1,000 to her campaign one day after Clinton introduced another bill to prop up Plan B.
<><> The Washington Post reported in 2014 that Clinton has "functioned as a powerful ally for Boeings business interests at home and abroad," while Boeing "invested resources in causes beneficial to Clintons public and political image."
<><> The Wall Street Journal also found a suspicious pattern of corporate giving. General Electric, Exxon Mobil, Microsoft and Boeing were among 60 companies that lobbied the State Department during her tenure and donated a combined $26 million to the family foundation, the paper reports.
<><> It found several cases where her lobbying of foreign governments on behalf of specific American firms came just before or after those firms made hefty donations to the Clinton Foundation or another nonprofit she created, Vital Voices.
<><> Walmart gave to both groups, and to a separate fund Clinton established at the State Department. (Hillary served on the Arkansas-based company's board while her husband was Ark governor).
The Clinton MO is to do a disappearing act when scandals loom---after it dies down, they then surface---as if nothintg happened.