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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-11-12 12:23 PM
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The Devil Wears Campaign Funds.
Beyond the kerfuffle over publishing and fashion magnate Anna Wintours suitability for a diplomatic post is the larger issue: money. Wintours fundraising for President Obamas reelection campaign is really the only reason were having this discussion. She has raised millions of dollars for the presidents reelection.

We urge the political parties to move away from the practice of financial campaign contributions, and sale, essentially, of ambassadorships, says Susan Johnson, president of the American Foreign Service Association. Johnson has been in the foreign service for 32 years.

President Obama ranks somewhere in the middle when it comes to rewarding non-career diplomats with these posts. Jimmy Carter did it the least, and Ronald Reagan did it the most. Obama has give more than 30 percent of his ambassadorships to political appointees more than did President George W. Bush.
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