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Clinton’s “Pay To Play” Payday

- July 28, 2015

Clinton Delivered Millions In Earmarks And Intervened In An International Dispute On Behalf Of Today's Fundraising Hosts

Today, Clinton Will Attend A Fundraiser Hosted By Wendell Weeks & Kim Frock And James Flaws And Marcia Weber In Corning, New York. ("Conversations With Hillary," Hillary For America, Accessed 7/20/15)

  • Wendell Weeks Is The Chairman And CEO Of Corning, Inc. "Wendell P. Weeks is chairman and chief executive officer of Corning Incorporated. He was named chief executive officer in April 2005 and chairman of the board in April 2007. He has been a member of the company's board of directors since December 2000." ("Corning's Management Committee," Corning, Inc., Accessed 7/20/15)
  • James Flaws Serves As The Vice Chairman & CFO Of Corning, Inc. "James B. Flaws is responsible for all financial functions at Corning Incorporated, including Accounting, Control, Investor Relations, Shared Services, and Treasury. In addition to his financial duties, he also oversees Corporate Communications. He chairs Corning's Risk Council, which oversees the company's enterprise risk processes." ("Corning's Management Committee," Corning, Inc., Accessed 7/20/15)

CORNING HAS BEEN A PROMINENT FINANCIAL BACKER OF CLINTON AND THE CLINTON FOUNDATION

Corning CFO James Flaws Said Of Clinton While She Served In The Senate: "The Clinton-Corning Partnership Is Very Rewarding For Both Of Us." "There was her relationship with Corning Inc. in Upstate New York. 'The Clinton-Corning partnership is very rewarding for both of us,' Corning CFO James Flaws said when she was in the Senate." (Timothy P. Carney, "Hillary Clinton, Coin-Operated Policymaker,"Washington Examiner, 2/26/15)

Corning And Clinton's "Mutual Support Started Small, But Grew In Significance, And Dollars, Over Time." "Its contributions to Mrs. Clinton often tracked her support for the company, records show. Their mutual support started small, but grew in significance, and dollars, over time." (Mike McIntire and Raymond Hernandez, "Company Finds Clinton Useful, and Vice Versa," The New York Times, 4/12/06)

Once Clinton Was Elected To The Senate, Corning And Its Executives Became "One Of Her Largest Sources Of Campaign Contributions." "Corning Inc., one of upstate New York's largest and oldest employers, has supported Republican candidates for so long that its chairman once joked that it had not raised money for a Democrat since 1812. But since Hillary Rodham Clinton was elected to the Senate in 2000, Corning and its mainly Republican executives have become one of her largest sources of campaign contributions." (Mike McIntire and Raymond Hernandez, "Company Finds Clinton Useful, and Vice Versa," The New York Times, 4/12/06)

Corning "Donated More Than $130,000 To Clinton's First Two Senate Campaigns." "The normally Republican-leaning Corning, which is a leading employer in upstate New York, in turn donated more than $130,000 to Clinton's first two senate campaigns. One of its senior executives is now an inner-circle fundraiser for Clinton's presidential bid." ("McCain, Clinton Or Obama Likely To Break 'Senate Curse,' The Guardian, 2/8/08)

Corning Incorporated Contributed Between $100,001-$250,000 To The Clinton Foundation In 2014. ("Contributor And Grantor Information," The Clinton Foundation, Accessed 7/20/15)

In 2014, Wendell Weeks Contributed Between $25,001-$50,000 To The Clinton Foundation. ("Contributor And Grantor Information," The Clinton Foundation, Accessed 7/20/15)

James Flaws Has Contributed Between $1,001-$5,000 To The Clinton Foundation. ("Contributor And Grantor Information,"The Clinton Foundation, Accessed 7/20/15)

CLINTON DID ALL SHE COULD TO DO TO BENEFIT CORNING WHILE IN THE SENATE

After Corning's PAC Contributed $10,000 To Clinton's Re-Election Campaign In 2003, Clinton "Announced Legislation That Would Provide Hundreds Of Millions In Federal Aid To Reduce Diesel Pollution, Using, Among Other Things, Technology Pioneered By Corning." "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." (Mike McIntire and Raymond Hernandez, "Company Finds Clinton Useful, and Vice Versa," The New York Times, 4/12/06)

  • "It Was One Of Several Congressional Initiatives Mrs. Clinton Has Pushed That Benefit The Company." (Mike McIntire and Raymond Hernandez, "Company Finds Clinton Useful, and Vice Versa," The New York Times, 4/12/06)

"At The Company's Urging," Clinton Secured $5 Million For A Program That Subsidized The Purchase Of A Technology Corning Had Begun To Market. "In early 2002, at the company's urging, Mrs. Clinton helped secure $5 million for a program that would provide federal grants to help school districts overhaul diesel-powered school buses by using a kind of ceramic-filter technology that Corning was beginning to market." (Mike McIntire and Raymond Hernandez, "Company Finds Clinton Useful, and Vice Versa," The New York Times, 4/12/06)

In The Senate, Clinton Secured At Least $6.7 Million In Earmarks For Corning Incorporated. (Sen. Hillary Clinton, "Schumer, Clinton Announce Congressional Panel Backs $87.42 Million For Southern Tier Defense Projects," Press Release, 9/26/06; Sen. Hillary Clinton, "Schumer, Clinton Secure $1.7 Million For National Center For Excellence In Infotonics," Press Release, 9/25/03; Sen. Hillary Clinton, "Schumer, Clinton Secure $1.7 Million For National Center For Excellence In Infotonics," Press Release, 9/25/03)

  • In 2006, Clinton Secured An Earmark Worth $1 Million For Corning Incorporated. "U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that the Department of Defense Appropriations bill conference report filed late yesterday included $87.42 million for military projects in the Southern Tier. … Corning, Inc. - Light Weight, Multi-Hit Capable, Vehicle Armor - $1 Million…" (Sen. Hillary Clinton, "Schumer, Clinton Announce Congressional Panel Backs $87.42 Million For Southern Tier Defense Projects," Press Release, 9/26/06)
  • In 2003, Clinton Secured $1.7 Million For Corning Incorporated. "US Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that Congress has given final approval for $1.7 million for the construction of Rochester's National Center for Excellence in Infotonics that could provide a substantial boost to efforts to bolster homeland security. … The Center of Excellence - under the auspices of Corning, Kodak, Xerox - will work with two dozen academic institutions including the University of Rochester, the Rochester Institute of Technology, and Monroe Community College to lock in New York's top spot in photonics, optics and fiber optics." (Sen. Hillary Clinton, "Schumer, Clinton Secure $1.7 Million For National Center For Excellence In Infotonics," Press Release, 9/25/03)
  • In 2002, Clinton Secured An Earmark Worth $4 Million For Corning Incorporated. "Today, Senator Charles E. Schumer (NY) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (NY) announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $4 million dollars for the National Center for Excellence in greater Rochester region. … The Center of Excellence -- under the auspices of Corning, Kodak, Xerox -- will work with two dozen academic institutions including the University of Rochester, the Rochester Institute of Technology, and Monroe Community College to lock in New York's top spot in photonics, optics and fiber optics." (Sen. Hillary Clinton, "Senate Committee Approves $4 Million For National Center For Excellence In Rochester Region," Press Release, 7/22/02)

CLINTON INTERVENED IN A DISPUTE BETWEEN CORNING AND THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT

While In The Senate, Clinton Intervened "Personally To Resolve A Tariff Dispute Between The Company And The Chinese Government." "Clinton has directed several hotly sought earmarks to electronics materials giant Corning Incorporated since her election to the Senate, at one point intervening personally to resolve a tariff dispute between the company and the Chinese government." ("McCain, Clinton Or Obama Likely To Break 'Senate Curse,'" The Guardian, 2/8/08)

In 2004, "The Chinese Commerce Ministry Announced A Preliminary Decision To Impose A 16 Percent Duty On Corning Fiber Optics Products, Saying Corning Had Deliberately Undercut Chinese Manufacturers" And "Corning Appealed To Mrs. Clinton For Help…" "The dispute began in early 2004 when the Chinese Commerce Ministry announced a preliminary decision to impose a 16 percent duty on Corning fiber optics products, saying Corning had deliberately undercut Chinese manufacturers. Corning appealed to Mrs. Clinton for help, and in April 2004 she reached out to the Chinese minister of trade when he visited Washington." (Mike McIntire and Raymond Hernandez, "Company Finds Clinton Useful, and Vice Versa," The New York Times, 4/12/06)

Corning's Then-Chairman, James Houghton, Held A Fund-Raiser On Clinton's Behalf One Month After She Began Lobbying The Chinese Government On The Company's Behalf. "And in April 2004, Mrs. Clinton began a push to persuade the Chinese government to relax tariffs on Corning fiber optics products, inviting the Chinese ambassador to her office and personally asking President Bush for help in the matter. One month after the beginning of that ultimately successful effort, Corning's chairman, James Houghton, held a fund-raiser at his home that collected tens of thousands of dollars for her re-election campaign." (Mike McIntire and Raymond Hernandez, "Company Finds Clinton Useful, and Vice Versa," The New York Times, 4/12/06)

After Clinton Sent A "Strongly Worded Letter" On Corning's Behalf, Voicing Her Support And Calling Accusations Against The Company "Unfair," Executives At Corning "Contributed $46,000 To Her Campaign Committee…" "In a strongly worded letter, Mrs. Clinton asserted that the issue was 'of great importance to me,' that she held Corning in 'high esteem' and that she considered the accusations against the company 'unfair,' according to a copy of the letter. That month and the next, Corning executives contributed $46,000 to her campaign committee, campaign finance records show." (Mike McIntire and Raymond Hernandez, "Company Finds Clinton Useful, and Vice Versa," The New York Times, 4/12/06)


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