APRIL 12, 2006
Hillary Clinton used her strong connections with the Communist Chinese to help a wealthy fiber optics company that has given her hefty campaign contributions in exchange for passing legislation that has benefited it financially.
Corning Inc., a Fortune 500 company that is staunchly Republican, has paid the New York senator to advocate on its behalf, both in the U.S. and in China. The company’s contributions are the most ($137,000) from any single source and that doesn’t include picking up the tab for much of Clinton’s extravagant travel.
A $10,000 check inspired Clinton to help Corning in 2003 with legislation that would provide hundreds of millions in federal aid to reduce diesel pollution by using technology created by Corning. A year later, the senator called on her buddies in the Chinese government to relax tariffs on Corning products and she even invited the Chinese ambassador to her office while she lobbied President George W. Bush to help her with the deal. For her effort, Corning Chairman James Houghton held a fundraiser at his home that raised tens of thousands of dollars for Clinton’s re-election campaign.
Clinton’s cozy relationship with the Communist Chinese dates back to her days in the White House when her husband and his Democratic party accepted massive campaign contributions from the Chinese in exchange for highly secret missile technology. Between 1993 and 1996, the Clinton Administration allowed numerous exports of ballistic-missile technology to the Chinese government despite China’s refusal to allow inspections to assure that technology was only being used for civilian purposes. In 1996 Bill Clinton personally approved the launch of four communications satellites on Chinese rockets.
This well-documented connection between the Clintons and the Chinese led one political blog to sarcastically write that Hillary’s constituents may wonder how she has so much clout with China, though veteran Clinton watchers already know the answer. It goes on to say that the Hillary/Corning relationship has something unethical to offer all sides.
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