Now let’s remember that Carly Fiorina was CEO of HP from 1999 to 2005. We’ve had people wander through here on occasion and talk about what a hugely successful business woman she was at HP and used that experience to extrapolate success as a US Senator. They usually got bent out of shape when it was pointed out that Carly wasn’t successful, she was a colossal failure at HP. She moved into the corner office with huge fanfare and an unheard of level of support from the Board and senior management and she absolutely wasted all of it. Even the good stuff she proposed she did it in a way that only served to undermine her supporters. She was near-sighted, self absorbed, thought she was both invisible and bullet proof and was about as arrogant as Obama. And today the Sacramento Bee gives us this little tidbit…
So far, Hewlett-Packard has given the maximum amount to Sen. Barbara Boxer but hasn’t contributed toward its own former CEO, Carly Fiorina, campaign finance reports show.
Boxer has received the maximum $10,000 from Hewlett-Packard’s political action committee toward her re-election, including $3,000 in the last quarter of 2009, her campaign reported today. HP’s PAC gives to congressional candidates “who share HP’s public policy views,” using donations from employees rather than corporate funds, according to HP’s Web site.
One of Fiorina’s GOP rivals, Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, benefited more than Fiorina from the HP fortune. DeVore received $2,400 from Arianna Packard, the granddaughter of the founder of Hewlett Packard, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Interesting, very interesting. I’m not particularly knowledgeable about CA politics but I’ve long though it was a stretch for Carly to beat Boxer.