See the ambassadorships big money can bring

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To fill ambassador posts during his second term, President Barack Obama has nominated diplomats, major fundraisers and political allies. Twenty-ninebundlers, headed mostly to Western Europe, have collectively raised at least $19.5 million for Obama since 2007.
29
bundlers for Obama
34
other political appointees
77
career diplomats

Kirk W.B. Wagar

Founder and managing partner of Wagar Law firm
Confirmed to Singapore
'12
'08
'09 Inaug.
raised at least
$1.2 million
for Obama

Matthew Winthrop Barzun

National Finance Chair for Obama's 2012 campaign
Confirmed to United Kingdom
'12
'08
'09 Inaug.
raised at least
$1.2 million
for Obama

Mark D. Gilbert

Director at financial services firm Barclays
Nominated to New Zealand and Samoa
'12
'08
'09 Inaug.
raised at least
$1.2 million
for Obama

Michael Anderson Lawson

Former president of Los Angeles World Airports’ Board of Airport Commissioners
Confirmed to UN Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization
'12
'08
'09 Inaug.
raised at least
$950,000
for Obama

Timothy M. Broas

Attorney at Winston & Strawn LLP
Confirmed to Netherlands
'12
'08
'09 Inaug.
raised at least
$945,100
for Obama

Crystal Nix-Hines

Lawyer at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges
Confirmed to UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
'12
'08
'09 Inaug.
raised at least
$872,500
for Obama

Jane D. Hartley

CEO of Observatory Group, an economic and political consultancy
Confirmed to France and Monaco
'12
'08
'09 Inaug.
raised at least
$820,000
for Obama

Suzi LeVine

Former Microsoft executive
Confirmed to Switzerland and Liechtenstein
'12
'09 Inaug.
raised at least
$800,000
for Obama

John B. Emerson

Executive at investment firm Capital Group Companies
Confirmed to Germany
'12
'08
'09 Inaug.
raised at least
$775,000
for Obama

Denise Campbell Bauer

2012 finance chair for Women for Obama
Confirmed to Belgium
'12
'08
'09 Inaug.
raised at least
$753,500
for Obama

Alexa Lange Wesner

Former president of technology recruiting firm HireTECH
Confirmed to Austria
'12
'08
'09 Inaug.
raised at least
$750,000
for Obama

Bruce A. Heyman

Executive at Goldman Sachs & Co.
Confirmed to Canada
'12
'08
'09 Inaug.
raised at least
$750,000
for Obama

John R. Phillips

Founder and partner at Phillips & Cohen law firm
Confirmed to Italy and San Marino
'12
'08
raised at least
$700,000
for Obama

Andrew H. Schapiro

Partner at law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan
Confirmed to Czech Republic
'12
'08
raised at least
$700,000
for Obama

Pamela K. Hamamoto

Former executive at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch
Confirmed to Representative to the Office of the U.N. And Other International Organizations in Geneva
'12
'08
raised at least
$700,000
for Obama

Robert C. Barber

Attorney at Looney & Grossman LLP
Nominated to Iceland
'12
'08
raised at least
$600,000
for Obama

Robert A. Sherman

Attorney at Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Confirmed to Portugal
'12
'08
raised at least
$550,000
for Obama

Charles C. Adams, Jr.

Lawyer at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Nominated to Finland
'12
'08
raised at least
$550,000
for Obama

James Walter "Wally" Brewster

Senior managing partner at consulting firm SB&K Global
Confirmed to Dominican Republic
'12
raised at least
$500,000
for Obama

Anthony Luzzatto Gardner

Executive at private equity firm Palamon Capital Partners
Confirmed to European Union
'12
raised at least
$500,000
for Obama

Noah Bryson Mamet

Founder and president of consulting firm Noah Mamet & Associates
Nominated to Argentina
'12
raised at least
$500,000
for Obama

Keith Michael Harper

Lawyer with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Confirmed to UN Human Rights Council
'12
raised at least
$500,000
for Obama

Azita Raji

National Finance Vice-Chair for Obama's 2012 campaign
Nominated to Sweden
'12
raised at least
$500,000
for Obama

James Costos

Home Box Office (HBO) vice president
Confirmed to Spain and Andorra
'12
raised at least
$500,000
for Obama

Dwight L. Bush, Sr.

President of financial and business consulting firm D.L. Bush & Associates
Confirmed to Morocco
'12
raised at least
$500,000
for Obama

George J. Tsunis

Founder, chairman and CEO of Chartwell Hotels, LLC
Nominated to Norway
'12
raised at least
$500,000
for Obama

Colleen Bradley Bell

Producer for Bell-Phillip Television Productions
Nominated to Hungary
'12
raised at least
$500,000
for Obama

Michael Froman

Former deputy national security advisor
Confirmed to US Trade Representative
'08
raised at least
$200,000
for Obama

Stafford Fitzgerald Haney

Principal at Pzena Investment Management
Nominated to Costa Rica
'09 Inaug.
raised at least
$50,000
for Obama

Methodology:

Based on a Center for Public Integrity review of bundling disclosures and White House announcements. Fundraising figures represent minimum amounts because federal law only requires disclosure of bundling by registered lobbyists. Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns voluntarily released bundling information using broad ranges. Bundlers for Obama’s 2009 inauguration were voluntarily identified, but no such disclosure occurred in 2013. Data from 2008 courtesy of the Center for Responsive Politics.

Amount shown is the combined effort of more than one bundler, such as a husband, wife or partner.

Updated ambassador nomination statuses fetched from the New York Times Congress API.