of Obama's Foreign Policies
May 2, 2014
"Meet the new boss, same as the old boss..."
~ the Who
"Character is much easier kept than recovered."
~ Thomas Paine
News has been released recently about Hillary Clinton and her "pay to play" scheme during her tenure as Secretary of State. The Washington Post reported that early in her term Clinton pressured the Russian government to buy dozens of aircraft from Boeing, a contract worth millions of dollars. During Clinton's October 2009 visit to Russia she was supposed be there to address situations with Iran but her top priority instead was Boeing's interest in selling planes for use by a new state-owned Russian airline and even claimed "This is a shameless pitch for Rosavia...to buy Boeing aircraft," while touring a Boeing facility in Moscow.
Boeing had been on a list of companies to be avoided at the State Department because of their reliance on the government in the past for help negotiating overseas business and concerns that donations could be seen as an attempt to gain favor with US officials. It seems as though the State Department under Clinton had set aside ethics guidelines that disallowed requests of Boeing and permitted a $1 million gift from the company.
This was also a deal which helped boost funding for a pavilion at the Shanghai World's Fair, which at the time was in trouble with severe lack of corporate participation and funding, and the Chinese warning that a skimpy US participation would be viewed as a 'diplomatic affront.'
According to the President of the nonprofit USA Pavilion at the time, "We had no money and no working capital... No bank would invest in us."
Hillary began pouring personal and political capital into an appeal to bring in $60 million from more than 60 major corporations. Only problem was, that the State Department ruled out soliciting Boeing and other large firms and banks that had received federal bailouts with significant business relationships with the government. The list included banks that had received federal bailouts and the nonprofit president, Nick Winslow admitted that "About half of [the names on the list] came back with an 'X' through it...Boeing was one of them. We weren't even allowed to talk to them."
An appeal from Winslow and others involved in the project however gave them a new ruling in the case, the State Department claimed since there was no direct conflict of interest, the expo could accept a donation from the company, but only up to $1 million.
On Nov. 16, 2009, however, Clinton herself announced that Boeing would give $2 million rather than the $1 million maximum that had been set as she toured the pavilion site. Earlier the same day, she visited a Boeing hangar in Shanghai and addressed executives from Boeing and other companies to stress the importance of the project.
No one seemed to know why Clinton changed the cap and none of those involved, including two top fundraisers from Clinton's 2008 campaign and a longtime Clinton political aide would comment.
Clinton's maneuvering to make a deal with the Russians for Boeing aircraft which ended up being worth a $3.7 million contract. The deal also gained $900,000.00 in donations to the William J. Clinton Foundation, which is led by the Clintons and daughter Chelsea.
It could have been a sweet deal for Clinton as more talk of a presidential run comes out, and ties with powerful corporations which she's used while in the State Department could help financially in any future campaigns as she cashes in the chips for favors she granted as Secretary of State.
Of course her spokesman said that the deal was above board, something good for American interests by government and corporate cooperation to create jobs, yet the timing of the deals is a little too perfect. Besides, Boeing's ties came into play again recently when company lobbyist, former Bill Clinton aide Tim Keating, co-hosted a fundraiser for Ready for Hillary, the super PAC backing her potential presidential run.
According to the Washington Post article, Clinton and other American officials saw the potential Boeing deal offered as an "enticing symbol of warming US-Russian relations as part of a diplomatic "reset" announced in the spring of 2009." We now see how well that's worked out.
The implications of these actions by Hillary Clinton are huge, if anyone pays attention. There has been little mentioned about it in the mainstream news however, and many Clinton supporters will claim that there is nothing to see here and this could be another in a long list of non stories on her way to her bid for the White House.
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Florida PolitiChick Carolyn Elkins was born and raised in Canada but is now a proud citizen of the United States. She loves everything about America, especially the military. A staunch Constitutional Conservative, she studies the Founders and their writings, and uses what she learns to try and educate others. She is the founder of the Constitutional Freedom Party. She is married with one child and has taught American Government and Constitution to her home school co-op group of 12- 14 year olds, instilling in the future generations with a love of America's Constitutional Republic. You can visit her via the Constitutional Freedom Party blog, on twitter @ABiCduckie and @CFP4US.
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