Major Hillary accomplishment: Selling Boeing jets to Russia

posted at 10:01 am on April 14, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Over the last few weeks, we’ve noted the bemusement of Hillary Clinton supporters when asked to name a major accomplishment of the presumed Democratic frontrunner for the 2016 presidential nomination. Yesterday, the Washington Post managed to succeed where most analysts failed. The former Secretary of State turned out to be very good at selling Boeing jets — and then reaping the windfall afterward, political and otherwise:

On a trip to Moscow early in her tenure as secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton played the role of international saleswoman, pressing Russian government officials to sign a multibillion-dollar deal to buy dozens of aircraft from Boeing.

A month later, Clinton was in China, where she jubilantly announced that the aerospace giant would be writing a generous check to help resuscitate floundering U.S. efforts to host a pavilion at the upcoming World’s Fair.

Boeing, she said, “has just agreed to double its contribution to $2 million.”

Clinton did not point out that, to secure the donation, the State Department had set aside ethics guidelines that first prohibited solicitations of Boeing and then later permitted only a $1 million gift from the company. Boeing had been included on a list of firms to be avoided because of its frequent reliance on the government for help negotiating overseas business and concern that a donation could be seen as an attempt to curry favor with U.S. officials.

The jet deal took place in November 2009. Notably, this was several months after the “reset button” fiasco with Sergei Lavrov that all but shrugged off efforts by the previous administration to get tough with Moscow after the invasion of Georgia in the summer of 2008. The Post’s Rosalind Helderman mentions this deal as the Obama administration’s “enticing symbol” of their diplomatic “reset.”

What isn’t mentioned in this piece was the cancellation of the US missile shield program with Poland and the Czech Republic two months earlier than the Boeing sale. Russia had long opposed the missile-shield program in eastern Europe, pushed by the Bush administration as a response to Iranian development of both its missile and nuclear-weapons programs. At the time, no one could quite figure out what we got in trade for this retreat. Now it appears all we got was a sale of some commercial airliners to Aeroflot.

But that’s not all Hillary got:

In 2010, two months after Boeing won its $3.7 billion Russia deal, the company announced a $900,000 contribution to the William J. Clinton Foundation intended to rebuild schools in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. The foundation, which Hillary Clinton now helps lead with her husband and daughter, has become a popular charity for major corporations.

The company’s ties came into play again this month when its in-house lobbyist, former Bill Clinton aide Tim Keating, co-hosted a fundraiser for Ready for Hillary, the super PAC backing her potential presidential run.

What did Boeing cough up for its $3.7 billion sale? It donated $2 million to the State Department’s World Fair pavilion a few months later, plus another $900,000 for the Clinton’s foundation — and apparently a bundler for Hillary 2016. That seems like a great swap for national security, no?

Small wonder Google is ramping up its lobbying presence in Washington these days:

The rise of Google as a top-tier Washington player fully captures the arc of change in the influence business.

Nine years ago, the company opened a one-man lobbying shop, disdainful of the capital’s pay-to-play culture.

Since then, Google has soared to near the top of the city’s lobbying ranks, placing second only to General Electric incorporate lobbying expenditures in 2012 and fifth place in 2013.

The company gives money to nearly 140 business trade groups, advocacy organizations and think tanks, according to a Post analysis of voluntary disclosures by the company, which, like many corporations, does not reveal the size of its donations. That’s double the number of groups Google funded four years ago.

This summer, Google will move to a new Capitol Hill office, doubling its Washington space to 55,000 square feet — roughly the size of the White House.

Google’s increasingly muscular Washington presence matches its expanded needs and ambitions as it has fended off a series of executive- and legislative-branch threats to regulate its activities and well-funded challenges by its corporate rivals.

It’s prudent to plan for the future, after all.


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Killary has always been prudent…

OmahaConservative on April 14, 2014 at 10:05 AM

That seems like a great swap for national security flexibility, no?

Fixed…

JohnGalt23 on April 14, 2014 at 10:06 AM

No offense to Mizz Cankles, but Boeing planes pretty much sell themselves. It is hard to argue with the success of the 737, many of which soon will be sold to the grandchildren of the generation that bought the first ones.

platypus on April 14, 2014 at 10:06 AM

And all the while she racks up six-figure speaking fees at places such as the Scrap Recycling Convention, the site of the show-throwing incident.

Speaking at recycling convention seems like a fitting venue for her. If the shoe fits…

Drained Brain on April 14, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Wow, impressive, Killary has everything it takes to lead this nation except for dark skin, and a few tanning booth appointments will take care of that.

Plane Saleswoman 2016

Bishop on April 14, 2014 at 10:20 AM

I hear she made a Killing in Benghazi…

ToddPA on April 14, 2014 at 10:23 AM

What difference does it make? Besides the Russians build crappy planes. What a great way to give state of the art technology to the Russkies who are only known for copying stuff. She just wants to level the playing field.

Krupnikas on April 14, 2014 at 10:25 AM

That and she traveled 2 millions miles… What else do we need for qualifications when it comes to Presidential candidates(extreme sarcasm)….

mnjg on April 14, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Ed, you didn’t mention that the deal for Boeing to sell the planes to Aeroflot has since been cancelled. All Hillary got was a LOI. No contract was ever implemented.

simkeith on April 14, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Chillary!

Herb on April 14, 2014 at 10:45 AM

I seem to remember someone mentioning once that we should attack them on Crony Capitalism.

faraway on April 14, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Aw c’mon you guys. Shrillary is just as qualified as Barky was, probably a bit more since she has been around longer and has a more refined covert opponent control operation.

NOMOBO on April 14, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Clinton did not point out that, to secure the donation, the State Department had set aside ethics guidelines that first prohibited solicitations of Boeing and then later permitted only a $1 million gift from the company.

So her Major Accomplishment was pulled off by breaking longstanding Sate Department rules.

Little wonder why Democrats adore her. She spit in the face of her own department’s guidelines AND got a kickback.

Atta girl Hill. Presidential material for the lawless party.

fogw on April 14, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Small wonder Google is ramping up its lobbying presence in Washington these days:

Google also remembers what happened to Microsoft, a fellow far-left tech company, when it decided to not “play ball” with the Clintons as part of its overall national non-political strategy.

Steve Eggleston on April 14, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Fly me to the moon! She accomplished something!

Schadenfreude on April 14, 2014 at 11:02 AM

I’m simply going to have to stop following the news, or at least items that delve into the very dark, very seamy side of politics.

Honestly, the depth of corruption that seems to be fairly routine in government has me wanting to get very medieval with them. All of them.

Midas on April 14, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Asking whether she has accomplished anything is sexist.

/sarc

Tater Salad on April 14, 2014 at 11:20 AM

And don’t forget that Bush negotiated an agreement with Russia to pull out of George when turbulence subsided, but chose not to after taking measure of Clinton and Obama. The troops exist there today in violation of that agreement.

And yet, this situation is thrown around as an excuse Bush was as bad as Obama with Russia.

Real issue is how to get Europe and oil together. If that doesn’t happen, then sayonora to Ukraine.

bumsteaddithers on April 14, 2014 at 11:33 AM

The Clintons were always slime.

Bill is now worth almost 300 million after leaving office near penniless…. Most of that money was “earned” doing “charitable” work.

aniptofar on April 14, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Killary is a horrible candidate, weakest in decades.

John the Libertarian on April 14, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Real issue is how to get Europe and oil together. If that doesn’t happen, then sayonora to Ukraine.

bumsteaddithers on April 14, 2014 at 11:33 AM

I believe Erika has covered that a few times – while Eastern Europe is looking into fracking, Central/Western Europe are thumbing their noses at it.

Steve Eggleston on April 14, 2014 at 11:58 AM

” The foundation, which Hillary Clinton now helps lead with her husband and daughter, has become a popular charity for major corporations.”

The very definition of crony capitalism disguised as charity.
Could you be any more obvious?

And then remember Boeing got roughed-up for daring to relocate to a “right-to-work” state.
Serves you right for playing this stupid game with Progressives.

Pelosi Schmelosi on April 14, 2014 at 11:58 AM

So Hillary’s a crook. So what else is new.

crankyoldlady on April 14, 2014 at 12:21 PM

So Hillary’s a crook. So what else is new.

crankyoldlady on April 14, 2014 at 12:21 PM

It’s not going to hurt her chances of getting elected.

David Blue on April 14, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Look, they could find her latent finger prints on that Colt revolver that Vince Foster used to cap himself (just before he rolled himself up in that carpet for his Ft. Marcy Park drop) and AT THIS POINT WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE? Would be the refain from the Presstitutes in the Belt Way Manure Spreading Media.

REMEMBER: The Press is largely made up of Democrat Operatives with a byline.

Missilengr on April 14, 2014 at 8:40 PM