March 14, 2012

Obama bundlers get plum government jobs

Terrific Washington Post story last week detailing how being a major Obama campaign donor is a great way to get a job inside the Obama administration:

Obama campaigned on what he called “the most sweeping ethics reform in history” and has frequently criticized the role of money in politics. That hasn’t stopped him from offering government jobs to some of his biggest bundlers, volunteer fundraisers who gather political contributions from other rich donors.

More than half of Obama’s 47 biggest fundraisers, those who collected at least $500,000 for his campaign, have been given administration jobs. Nine more have been appointed to presidential boards and committees.

At least 24 Obama bundlers were given posts as foreign ambassadors, including in Finland, Australia, Portugal and Luxembourg. Among them is Don Beyer, a former Virginia lieutenant governor who serves as ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

Obama isn't the first to do this and won't be the last, but if he wanted to implement "the most sweeping ethics reform in history" — why not only appoint career foreign service agents as ambassadors?