But so far, more than half of the ambassadors he has named are political appointees — including several so-called bundlers, or superfundraisers who organize and collect campaign contributions, according to Dave Levinthal of the Center for Responsive Politics.Someone who was serious about hope and change would have changed this ridiculous American habit of granting ambassodorships to cronies. It's a form of political patronage that should not exist in merit-based American society.
"They are people who are financiers who've helped the Obama campaign from the outset, and they are getting some plum positions — France, Spain, Germany, the U.K., Japan, Canada," he says.
British news reports highlighted the fact that the new U.S. ambassador there, Louis Susman, has been called "the vacuum cleaner" for his ability to pull in political donations.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Rewarding His Cronies
Coveted Ambassadorships Go To Obama Fundraisers NPR tries to put as positive a spin on this as possible but they have to admit that...