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NPR goes after Obama for breaking his crony appointments promise.

Posted by iusbvision on September 7, 2009

After Obama criticized the appointments of cronies in the Bush Administration and lecturing us on the problems they make…. well let NPR say the rest…

Chicago style politics is alive and well in DC…


Coveted Ambassadorships Go To Obama Fundraisers

Japan’s recent elections have ushered in a period of political change, and the new government is likely to revise its relationship with the United States. The Obama administration’s new ambassador to Japan is not an expert on the region, but rather a Silicon Valley lawyer and political fundraiser.

This is just one sign of how President Obama is continuing a time-honored tradition of rewarding donors with plum assignments abroad.

When Obama came into office talking about change, he raised some expectations that he would alter the way he would choose new ambassadors.

But so far, more than half of the ambassadors he has named are political appointees — including several so-called bundlers, or superfundraisers who organize and collect campaign contributions, according to Dave Levinthal of the Center for Responsive Politics.

“They are people who are financiers who’ve helped the Obama campaign from the outset, and they are getting some plum positions — France, Spain, Germany, the U.K., Japan, Canada,” he says.

British news reports highlighted the fact that the new U.S. ambassador there, Louis Susman, has been called “the vacuum cleaner” for his ability to pull in political donations.

In Japan, Silicon Valley lawyer Roos — who had never been to the country prior to his appointment — is already settling in as ambassador. Levinthal says Roos was a bundler who brought in more than $500,000 for the Obama campaign.

Hat Tip to for reading NPR so the rest of us don’t have to. NPR so rarely breaks news so they just aren’t in my rotation.

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