Some of Obama's biggest backers from 2008 leave him high and dry. Why do you think that is?
WASHINGTON –- In politics, as in life, no good deed goes unpunished. Just ask President Barack Obama.
Facing a tidal wave super PAC spending from the likes of GOP-backing billionaires
Sheldon Adelson and the Koch brothers, the Democratic president lacks
countervailing help from the super pack of well-heeled allies he drew in
2008 -– and rewarded with government jobs abroad.
Call them the Bundler-Ambassadors: wealthy individuals, most of them
with deep ties to the business community or corporate law, who gave
money of their own, and, more importantly, hit up wealthy friends for
“bundled” Obama cash.
In exchange, though no one exactly called it that, the president
nominated many of them for plum diplomatic assignments, in cities from
Paris, London and Berlin to Tokyo, Amsterdam and even Bratislava,
There is no sign that the ambassadors are eager to come home and bundle
again. Indeed, a Huffington Post sampling on background via email
revealed that none were planning to return to bundle campaign
contributions for the president's reelection.
The Huffington Post compared the State Department diplomatic list with
information on 2008 contributions and found 28 individuals of
ambassadorial rank who had raised a total of more than $14 million for
the president. One of them, Kentucky entrepreneur Matthew Barzun,
quit his ambassadorial post in Sweden several months ago and is now the
Obama reelection’s finance director in Chicago. But, based on an
informal survey, his colleagues across the globe have no interest in
doing the same thing.
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