During a Boeing shareholder meeting on Monday,a conservative activist accused the aircraft company’s CEO of buying then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s ‘commercial advocacy’ in Russia by making a $900,000 donation to the Clinton Foundation.
The money was earmarked for rebuilding schools in Haiti in the wake of a devastating 2010 earthquake.
But the contribution came just months after Mrs. Clinton traveled to Moscow where she made what she called a ‘shameless pitch’ to ask a newly formed state-owned airline ‘to buy Boeing aircraft.’ It’s not clear whether there was a quid-pro-quo promise of the donation in exchange for Mrs. Clinton’s cheerleading.
Clinton promised during the October 13, 2009 visit to Boeing Design Center Moscow that the U.S. Export-Import Bank ‘would welcome an application for financing from Rosavia [the airline] to support its purchase of Boeing Aircraft, and I hope that on a future visit I’ll see a lot of new Rosavia-Boeing planes when I land in Moscow.’
Boeing ultimately won a $3.7 billion Russian contract.
A month later, Clinton proudly announced that Boeing would donate $2 million toward the construction of the U.S. pavilion at the 2010 World’s Fair in Beijing, China. The company had originally offered $1 million.
Subsequently, the Clinton Foundation got its own Boeing windfall.