Hillary Clinton returned to the State Department Tuesday to attend the dedication ceremony of a new addition to the building – the U.S. Diplomacy Center Pavilion.
The “Hillary Clinton Pavilion,” which serves as the main entrance to the building, is a large glass structure complete with a glass ceiling – named for the woman who hoped to “break the glass ceiling” by becoming the first woman president.
Clinton spoke at the ceremony Tuesday and began by saying, “I’m thrilled to be here at the new Hillary Clinton Pavilion. I’m sure you will notice it is the most transparent part of the entire project.”
Four exhibition halls within the new Diplomacy Center are named after four former secretaries of state – Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Henry Kissinger, and James Baker.
Politico reported that former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright initiated the project, holding a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony in 2000, but it was Clinton who got the project off the ground by recruiting Ambassador Elizabeth Bagley to help raise most of the $50 million needed while she was at the State Department.
Construction finally began in July 2014.
Dick Morris reported Tuesday on where the bulk of the money actually came from:
The glass pavilion was financed by corporate and foreign donors most of whom have issues before the State Department. Four oppressive Middle East governments — the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait and Brunei — all with close ties to the Clinton Foundation and important issues before State contributed as did the usual coterie of corporations that regularly support Clinton’s favored causes.
The largest gifts of $2.5 million or more came from four companies: FedEx, Boeing, PepsiCo and Intel. All four also contributed to the Clinton Foundation. Boeing was particularly generous, giving not only $2.5 million for the would-be Hillary Center and $900,000 to the Clinton Foundation. These donations came after Clinton personally and successfully intervened to try to persuade Russia to buy $3.7 billion of Boeing aircraft.
Other contributors included Cisco, Bank of America, Caterpillar, Citigroup, eBay, General Electric, Microsoft, Walmart, and co-founder of Blackstone, all of whom gave between $500,000 and $1,000,000 to the Hillary Center project. All, except Schwarzman, were also Clinton Foundation donors. (Schwarzman’s partner, Pete Peterson, gave between $1 million and $5 million to the foundation).
Below is an artist’s rendering of the project:
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