Remember Jetgate? Back in the pre-bankruptcy days of late 2008, when the Big Three CEO's were traveling to Washington to plead their case for funds, Ford's Alan Mulally, General Motors' then-CEO Rick Wagoner, and Chrysler's former chief Bob Nardelli were publicly chastised for flying in corporate jets to the tune of $20,000 per round trip.

Two years earlier, Ford president Mark Fields became a target of outrage when a Detroit-area TV station discovered that his employment contract included $50,000-$70,000 worth of private jet service per week to ship Fields between Dearborn and his home in Florida.

Now this: The New York Times is reporting that Ford spent spent $178,571 on personal air travel for Mulally last year. While Ford no longer has a fleet of corporate jets, according to the report, it pays a charter service to transport Mulally and his kin. And that's not all. Since this benefit is classified as "security measures," Mulally gets off the hook for paying taxes on it, as he doesn't have to report the benefit as income, according to the Times. Mulally received nearly $30 million in compensation last year, according to other reports.

While Ford refused comment, the article calls out the company for using this "common corporate tax trick" that it says robs the federal government of tax revenue from CEO's like Mulally, meaning that taxpayers are essentially subsidizing his perks.

While the report concerns various corporate executives, it singles out Mulally, suggesting that any potential danger to Ford's CEO has to be less than that posed to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who flies commercial airlines. The Times also says that former Apple CEO Steve Jobs "received no security services from Apple last year before he died."

Would Ford CEO Alan Mulally face a legitimate security risk flying on commercial airlines?
Yes 3786 (22.1%)
No 10603 (62.0%)
Maybe 2718 (15.9%)


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      Rob
      • 2 Years Ago
      Big deal. The rich still pay far more in taxes than the rest of us. When you get a real job and start seeing half your income going to the fed, state and local governments you'll understand. Then again, most people lack the ambition to ever get in a bracket that will take 20%. I'm not busting my butt in grad school so humanities majors can live off my income via the govt. The people who pay the most should get the biggest breaks. Sorry but you cant get back what you never paid in.
      rebel0498
      • 2 Years Ago
      What total nonsense. I guess this is what all this wealth redistribution is going to accomplish. Stirr up the masses to vote in socialism. How about focusing on issues like unemployment and high gas prices. Ford did not need a government handout because they were well managed.
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rebel0498
        Wrong. They received $4 billion in the government ATVM program.
      vietnamvet1967
      • 2 Years Ago
      I guess because FORD did not , take Obama's BS, now is the time to go after him, while we pay for Obama to take Air force one campaining, Oh I am sorry he says it's not Got a Question , Since he hates the Rich so much , why does he always ask them for money on his 40K dinners, wonder how many poor or middle class people are there in the room, we already know there are Union Officials there on the Memberships Dime
      Robert Stewart
      • 2 Years Ago
      He definitely would be from all those enviro-union supporter GM/OBAMA wackos would love to get a shot at him.
      mannyaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      It is amazing the aurthor of this article failed to mention that a chief justice has US Marshalls assigned to them. That is a real cheap tax payer expense, no wonder the president wants more money, even your local Federal judges affords some degree of this protection.
        Randy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mannyaz
        And Governors have 24 hour State Police details with them!
      Patrick D. Butcher
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think its more of a convenience thing rather than security. Its is more than likely easier to schedule a charter flight to transport a few execs than to put them on commercial flights and have to deal with delays and security. It also works around their schedule instead of them having to work around the schedule of the commercial airlines not to mention the time spent navigating the airports. I would rather fly charter air than deal with all that.
      Soda
      • 2 Years Ago
      First comment. Terrible biased tripe of an article, autoblog. Please stick to cars.
        jake
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Soda
        Yes yes yes!!!!!! I agree. This an ap about cars, not an ap about car politics. Whenever these articles come out, they always divide the enthusiasts here from what were really here for.well I suppose the old adage "united we stand, divided we fall" continues to thrive in every aspect of life...
      GMLEVINE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, what do you call the taxpayer subsidized trips the PRESIDENT and his FAMILY make . They're always flying off somewhere, along with a whole contingency of secret service, aides, staff, military support, and other associated people doing "presidential work" for the "good of the country." Let's get real...isn't this called campaigning? Does anyone keep tabs how much a trip to wherever to validate a government subsidy on some soon to fail company, even with the subsidy, cost the AMERICAN TAXPAYER? And yet this is the same man who criticized CEO's of using their corporate jets to fly to hearings in Washington to be admonished by the US Congress, that infamous group, that has wasted more money on bridges to nowhere than anyone can count. And remember this is the same group that recently, on nationwide television, pounded their chests about how they were saving America from those Wall Street crooks involved in insider trading. The Wall Street gang got prison terms. When it was revealed that the US Congress was involved in the very same transgressions, INSIDER TRADING, they promised they wouldn't do it again. Where any charges brought against these insider traders...any indictments... to my knowledge, not a one. brought a
      Toneron
      • 2 Years Ago
      LOL. Autoblog seeking stories that result in clicks.
      TT NYC
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford earned the money, they pay tax according to the law, so the only issue i can really see here involves a hefty dose of "he has something i dont and its not fair" crybaby envy and a complete disrespect for personal rights and liberties. And why are we focusing on just one SC justice? lets look at government in general and rework the comparison. from Nancy Pelosi's personal Boeing 757 (used for weekly trips from SF to DC) or the current president/family travelling with over 200 personal assistants, including special handlers for the dog. Ford is solvent, the USA is not. Like usual, the NYT rings hypocritcal, petty and agendized.
      crobb7318
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would like to know what kind of tax breaks the CEO of General Electric has in his pile of goodies.
      pkatcher
      • 2 Years Ago
      NOT a security risk as he is really unknown outside of FORD and certain organizations.. IF HIGH PROFILE ACTORS ETC can FLY commercial SO SHOUDL EXECUTIVES.....this is BULL......
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