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Key Obama campaign backers who were appointed ambassadors

Winners’ Row: A sample of bundlers for Obama who are now ambassadors posted abroad

 

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Matching key campaign backers with first-class embassies is nothing new, and the practice has continued under the Obama administration. After overseeing the process of matching donors with embassies, David Jacobson—a Chicago lawyer (Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal) and Obama fundraiser (deputy to the national finance chair, Penny Pritzker)—matched himself with his own prize: U.S. ambassador to Canada. Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonprofit that tracks money in U.S. politics, calls the American political tradition of giving diplomatic posts to big contributors “a donor rewards program.” Here’s a sample of bundlers for Obama who are now ambassadors posted abroad.

 

Charles Rivkin

CHARLES RIVKIN
Los Angelino by way of Chicago, producer of children’s television (Muppets, Yo Gabba Gabba!), more than $800,000:
France

 

Fay Hartog Levin

FAY HARTOG LEVIN
Chicago attorney, consultant, and wife of The Habitat Company chairman and East Bank Club developer Daniel Levin, $73,850 to Obama and other Democrats in 2008:
The Netherlands

 

Philip Murphy

PHILIP D. MURPHY
Former Goldman Sachs executive, former DNC national finance chair, and contributor of nearly $1.5 million to Democrats at the national level:
Germany

 

Howard Gutman

HOWARD W. GUTMAN
Partner in the influential D.C. law firm Williams & Connolly, $500,000:
Belgium

 

Barry White

BARRY WHITE
A Boston lawyer, more than $200,000:
Norway

 

Alan Solomont

ALAN SOLOMONT
A Boston businessman, $800,000:
Spain

 

Donald Beyer Jr

DONALD S. BEYER JR.
A Virginia Volvo dealer and the state’s former lieutenant governor, $500,000:
Switzerland

 

John V. Roos

JOHN V. ROOS
A Silicon Valley tech lawyer, $500,000:
Japan

 

Laurie Fulton

LAURIE S. FULTON
A Williams & Connolly Washington, D.C., partner, between $100,000 and $200,000:
Denmark

 

Bruce Oreck

BRUCE J. ORECK
The Boulder, Colorado, lawyer and Oreck vacuum cleaner heir, $500,000:
Finland

 

Photography: U.S. Department of State

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