Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and California U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina addressing a San Diego National Tax Day Tea Party Protest in San Diego yesterday
Hewlett-Packard Co., facing a European bribery probe over a 2003 computer contract, said former Chief Executive Officer Carly Fiorina is being unfairly criticized for being in charge during that time.
â€œTo suggest that Carly Fiorina, or any other senior executive in Palo Alto then or now, was knowledgeable of these alleged activities is wrong and not supported by the facts,â€ David Shane, a company spokesman, said in an interview. â€œThe facts have clearly demonstrated that the criminal investigation is focused on alleged activities that took place seven years ago in Germany and Russia by regional employees.â€
Prosecutors in Germany are investigating possible corruption linked to the Palo Alto, California-based companyâ€™s 35 million-euro ($47.3 million) sale of computers to Russia when Fiorina was CEO. They are examining whether Hewlett-Packard paid bribes to win the contract, Wolfgang Klein, a spokesman at Saxonyâ€™s Chief Prosecutorâ€™s Office, said this week.
Hewlett-Packard, the worldâ€™s biggest maker of personal computers, hired law firm Linklaters LLP in December 2009 to help with its internal investigation, Shane said. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP is assisting Linklaters. The company said the computer contract in question was signed and approved seven years ago.
But, you know, you have to expect this type of campaign crap from Campbell who is smarting from his exposed association with convicted Islamic terrorists and Chuck DeVore who has so little money in the bank for his campaign that he has reached desperation time for anyone to notice him.
So, this is real a non-story in this race except for the whining from Tom Campbell and Chuck DeVore who both cannot seem to understand the facts of the investigation.
And, these guys want to be United States Senators?