The price of an ambassadorship: $500,000 plus

By Laurie Bennett

July 22, 2013 at 8:43am

In the last two months, Barack Obama has nominated 11 campaign fundraisers for diplomatic posts.

The tradition of rewarding bundlers with ambassadorships didn’t begin with this White House, but the Obama administration has embraced it.

The 11 nominees include Rufus Gifford, who was not technically a bundler but served as national finance director for the 2012 campaign.

Each of the bundler nominees was reported by the Obama campaign as having raised $500,000 plus.

Altogether, they raised at least $5 million for Obama. (The number is likely higher. The campaign reported amounts by tier, with $500,000+ being the top tier.)

Here’s list of nominees, with each name linking to a Muckety map of connections:

Matthew W. Barzun United Kingdom
Denise Bauer Belgium
James Brewster Dominican Republic
Timothy M. Broas Netherlands
James Costos Spain
John B. Emerson Germany
John R. Gifford Denmark
Keith M. Harper United Nations
John R. Phillips Italy
Kirk Wagar Singapore
Alexa Wesner Austria
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