[S]ince 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. And in that time, Mrs. Clinton has become one of the company's leading champions, delivering for it like no other Democratic lawmaker.
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. It was one of several Congressional initiatives Mrs. Clinton has pushed that benefit the company.
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....Corning ... and its employees contributed $137,000 from the time she was elected in 2000 through the end of 2005... the most from any single source other than MetLife.... [Thersites' note: MetLife's a big Lieberman contributor, too...]
It's not just Corning and MetLife. Clinton even used to sit on the Board of Directors of WalMart -- unsurprising for an influential Arkansan, but still unseemly for a supposedly pro-American-worker Democrat, not just because of WalMart's poor labor practices and abuse of government social programs to provide health and other benefits to its workers but because WalMart is the single biggest importer of consumer goods from China.
Worst of all, conservatives and many independents see Clinton as representative of all Democrats, so we get tarred with the same brush as her when in reality we and conservatives share a distaste for Clinton's politics. Can you imagine how crass, calculating and unAmerican we'll look if she becomes the 2008 Democratic Presidential nominee?
Update: Or I could be all wet for once; a commenter pointed out that by reducing tariffs, Hillary was protecting American jobs. I still dislike the quid-pro-quo aspect of her relationship with Corning, and her general "Wall Street over Main Street" economic policies -- but I can't dispute the point on tariffs. I wasn't paying enough attention. Dang.
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