Working for the government, even as a top man in the FBI pays much lower than the private sector. And if you work in the private sector and your close friend is sending massive contracts your way, you can make a fortune.
That is exactly what happened to James Comey when he worked for Lockheed Martin and his buddy, Robert Mueller started tossing huge contracts his way. One contract was so shady that IBM complained about the way the billion dollar deal went down. James Comey made $10 million dollars (At least) from Lockheed Martin, including six million in one year alone. What special skill does Comey possess that would make him that valuable to them? I wonder how many contracts Comey sent to Lockheed Martin.
Seamus Bruner, Government Accountability Institute (GAI) researcher and author of Compromised: How Money and Politics Drive FBI Corruption, explained how former FBI Directors James Comey and Robert Mueller leveraged their government contacts to enrich themselves.
Bruner noted the growth of Comey’s net worth between 2003 and 2009, after Comey left the Department of Justice to join Lockheed Martin as senior vice president and lead counsel.
“It doesn’t really make much sense why [Lockheed Martin] would pay [James Comey] upwards of six million dollars in a single year,” assessed Bruner. “But one reason — aside from his security clearance — is that his buddy Robert Mueller is running the FBI. They begin passing 100-million-dollar-plus contracts to Lockheed Martin.”
Bruner continued, “One of these contracts was actually worth a billion dollars, and it was protested formally by the other bidder: IBM. … The contracts flowed from Robert Mueller’s FBI to James Comey’s private sector employer, Lockheed Martin, and James Comey made many millions over a short period of time.”
“We followed the money and realized that James Comey made well over ten million dollars from when he left the public sector in 2005 and by the time he returned to serve as FBI director [in 2009]. He even made over six million dollars in a single year at the top government contracting corporation, Lockheed Martin; they get over $50 billion a year in government contracts.”
I guess public service can be very rewarding, especially if your best friend is handing out the money.