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Another Bundler Climbs The Ladder

- July 19, 2013

OBAMA RE-NOMINATED MEGA BUNDLER TIMOTHY BROAS FOR AMBASSADOR TO THE NETHERLANDS

The White House Nominated Timothy Broas For Ambassador To The Netherlands. "Tim Broas, Nominee for Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Department of State. Tim Broas is a partner at Winston & Strawn LLP, a position he has held since 1995. He also serves as a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, having been appointed in December 2010. From 1986 to 1995, he was a partner at Anderson Hibey & Blair. Previously, Mr. Broas was an attorney at Whitman & Ransom from 1983 to 1985 and Conboy Hewitt O'Brien & Boardman from 1980 to 1983. From 1979 to 1980, he served as a law clerk for Justice Mark Sullivan of the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Mr. Broas received an A.B. from Boston College and a J.D. from the College of William and Mary." (Press Release, "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts," The White House, 7/18/13)

In 2012, Timothy Broas Raised At Least $500,000 For The Obama Campaign. (Center For Responsive Politics, Accessed 7/19/13)

Last Year, Obama Nominated Broas Only To Withdraw His Nomination Two Months Later

In April 2012, Obama Nominated Top-Tier Bundler And D.C. Lawyer Timothy Broas To Be U.S. Ambassador To The Netherlands. "Timothy Broas, a top fundraiser for President Barack Obama, is now the nominee to be the next U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands. Broas, a partner at the D.C. law firm Winston and Strawn, has raised more than $500,000 for Obama's re-election efforts as a bundler, meaning he has been credited for raising money from friends, family or business associates." (Michael Beckel, "Bundler Timothy Broas Tapped For Netherlands Ambassadorship," Center For Public Integrity, 4/26/12)

  • In 2010, Obama Appointed Broas To The Board Of Trustees Of The Woodrow Wilson International Center For Scholars. "Notably, this isn't Broas' first presidential appointment from Obama: In December 2010, Obama nominated Broas to be on the board of trustees of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a Washington, D.C.-based, think tank created by Congress in 1968." (Michael Beckel, "Bundler Timothy Broas Tapped For Netherlands Ambassadorship," Center For Public Integrity, 4/26/12)

In June 2012, Obama Withdrew Broas' Nomination After He Was Arrested For Drunk Driving And Resisting Arrest . "The White House has withdrawn the nomination of Washington attorney Timothy M. Broas - a top Obama campaign fundraiser - as ambassador to the Netherlands following charges of drunk driving and resisting arrest in suburban Maryland earlier last week. Court records show that Broas, 58, was pulled over by police on June 19 at 1:18 AM on Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase and charged with 'attempting to drive [a] vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.' He was ticketed for driving 47 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone. He also faces a criminal charge of resisting arrest, according to Montgomery County District Court records. The White House announcement was made Thursday night." (Fred Schulte and Michael Beckel, "White House Pulls Ambassador-Nominee Accused Of Drunk Driving," Center For Public Integrity, 6/26/12)

OBAMA HAS A PENCHANT FOR GIVING PLUM POSTS TO HIS ALLIES

In His Second Term, Obama Has Rewarded At Least 19 Supporters With Ambassadorships

"President Obama Has Rewarded At Least 19 Campaign Contributors And Political Allies With Ambassadorships This Year." (Julian Pecquet, "Obama Hands Out Top Ambassador Posts To 19 Big Campaign Donors," The Hill, 7/16/13)

  • The Nominees Include "No Fewer Than Eight Bundlers, Six Of Whom Raised More Than $1 Million For The President's Reelection Campaign," And "The Head Of His 2012 Finance Operation." " Nominations to plum postings have gone to no fewer than eight bundlers, six of whom raised more than $1 million for the president's reelection campaign. The president has also given prized ambassadorships to key fundraising staffers, including the head of his 2012 finance operation." (Julian Pecquet, "Obama Hands Out Top Ambassador Posts To 19 Big Campaign Donors," The Hill, 7/16/13)

The 8 Bundling Appointees Raised Between $477,000 To $2.36 Million Each. "The amounts raised by the eight bundlers in 2011-2012 ranged from $2.36 million by Women for Obama Finance Chairwoman Denise Bauer to $477,000 from Los Angeles entertainment attorney and Michelle Obama Princeton classmate Crystal Nix Hines. The two women have been named to serve as ambassadors to Belgium and UNESCO, respectively, while other bundlers have been tapped for service in the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, the Dominican Republic, Singapore and Austria." (Julian Pecquet, "Obama Hands Out Top Ambassador Posts To 19 Big Campaign Donors," The Hill, 7/16/13)

  • Another Bundler Who "Raised $2.43 Million For Obama," Is "Rumored To Be In Line For The Top Diplomatic Post In Paris." "Another bundler, Democratic National Committee National Finance Chairwoman Jane Stetson, is rumored to be in line for the top diplomatic post in Paris, perhaps the most prestigious ambassadorial position of them all. Stetson raised $2.43 million for Obama." (Julian Pecquet, "Obama Hands Out Top Ambassador Posts To 19 Big Campaign Donors," The Hill, 7/16/13)
  • "Retired JPMorgan Vice President Azita Raji, Obama's Second Biggest Bundler, At $3.15 Million, Is A Top Choice For Ambassador To Switzerland." (Julian Pecquet, "Obama Hands Out Top Ambassador Posts To 19 Big Campaign Donors," The Hill, 7/16/13)
  • "Obama's Campaign Finance Chairman And Has Been Tapped To Be Ambassador To Denmark." Rufus Gifford raised more than $700 million as Obama's campaign finance chairman and has been tapped to be ambassador to Denmark. John Phillips, the chairman of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the president's reelection and hopes the Senate will approve his posting to Italy. (Julian Pecquet, "Obama Hands Out Top Ambassador Posts To 19 Big Campaign Donors," The Hill, 7/16/13)

Just Last Week, Obama Doled Out The Rome And London Posts To Major Fundraisers

Obama Nominated Fundraisers Matthew Barzun And Jonathan Phillips To Be Ambassadors To The United Kingdom And Italy. "President Barack Obama has tapped major fundraisers for two of the most coveted ambassadorships. The White House announced on Tuesday that Matthew Barzun was nominated to be the next ambassador to the United Kingdom, and John Phillips as the next envoy to Italy." (Kevin Bohn, "

Barzun Raised At Least $500,000 For Obama's Reelection Campaign And Served As The Ambassador To Sweden From 2009 To 2011. " Barzun raised at least $500,000 for the re-election campaign and served as its national finance chair. From 2009 to 2011, he was U.S. ambassador to Sweden. He was also a member of the Obama campaign's national finance committee during his first run for president. Previously, Barzun was an investor in several start-up Internet firms." (Kevin Bohn, "Obama Nominates Two More Fundraisers As Ambassadors," CNN, 7/9/13)

In 2012, Jonathan Phillips Raised At Least $500,000 For Obama's Campaign. (Center For Responsive Politics, Accessed 7/19/13)

Obama Is "Outdoing" His Predecessors

THEN: During The 2008 Campaign, Obama Said "We Need To Limit The Influence Of Big Donors." OBAMA: "I wholeheartedly agree with the idea that we need to limit the influence of big donors on campaigns, and I've co-sponsored legislation to fix the system - legislation Sen. McCain does not support. I am firmly committed to reforming the system as president, so that it's viable in today's campaign climate." (Sen. Barack Obama, Op-Ed, "The System Is Broken," USA Today, 6/20/08)

NOW: Obama Is "Outdoing" His Predecessors On Rewarding Donors. "Presidents of both parties have long rewarded donors with diplomatic prestige, but Obama appears to be outdoing his immediate predecessors." (Julian Pecquet, "Obama Hands Out Top Ambassador Posts To 19 Big Campaign Donors," The Hill, 7/16/13)

  • 32.2 Percent Of Obama's Appointees Were Political, Compared To 30.02 For George W. Bush, 27.82 For Clinton And 31.30 For George H.W. Bush . "As of June 28, 32.2 percent of Obama's ambassadorial appointments had gone to political appointees, according to the American Foreign Service Association, versus 30.02 percent under George W. Bush, 27.82 percent under Bill Clinton and 31.30 percent under George H.W. Bush." (Julian Pecquet, "Obama Hands Out Top Ambassador Posts To 19 Big Campaign Donors," The Hill, 7/16/13)

University Of Pennsylvania Professors Johannes W. Fedderke And Dennis C. Jett "Computed Theoretic Prices" For An Appointment In The Obama Administration. "Officially, of course, there are no such requirements for would-be ambassadors. But in a recent study, two researchers - Johannes W. Fedderke and Dennis C. Jett, both professors of international relations at Pennsylvania State University - computed theoretical prices for different postings. Titled 'What Price the Court of St. James's? Political Influences on Ambassadorial Postings of the United States of America,' the paper looks at diplomatic appointments in the Obama administration through January 2011." (Nicholas Confessore, "Study Puts 'Cost' To Landing Embassy Plot," The New York Times, 1/31/13)

When "Political Connections" Were "Measured In A Dollars, Rather Than Administration Service," Contributors Has An Increased Chance Of Getting Desirable Posts In Western Europe. "But those whose political connections to Mr. Obama were measured in dollars, rather than administration service, had an increased chance of representing the United States in Western Europe, and a markedly smaller chance of serving in, say, Central Asia or sub-Saharan Africa." (Nicholas Confessore, "Study Puts 'Cost' To Landing Embassy Plot," The New York Times, 1/31/13)

  • "The Study Found That Political Ambassadors Who Had Made Campaign Donations Of $550,000, Or Bundled Contributions Of $750,000, Had A 90 Percent Chance Of Being Posted To A Country In Western Europe." (Nicholas Confessore, "Study Puts 'Cost' To Landing Embassy Plot," The New York Times, 1/31/13)

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