More than half of Obama's 2008 big fundraisers have been given administration jobs
A promise not to hire lobbyists didn't even last 2 months. A promise for sweeping ethics reforms has been all hat no cattle.
And a promise to destroy "politics as usual" appears to be nothing more than a cynical lie.
Big donors considering whether to work the phones raising money for President Obama's reelection campaign might consider the fate of his 2008 bundlers. Many of them, it turns out, won plum jobs in his 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.
It is a time-honored tradition to reward political supporters with administration jobs, ambassadorships in particular. And Obama's administration falls in line with the previous one in terms of the share of ambassadors who are political appointees rather than career Foreign Service officers.
The Foreign Service Act of 1980, however, states that "contributions to political campaigns should not be a factor in the appointment of an individual as a chief of mission."
Obama has appointed 59 ambassadors who were not career Foreign Service officers, and of those, 40 percent were bundlers.
The point isn't "Well, everyone else does it." The point is Obama was elected largely based on the promise that he was different, that he wasn't "everyone else."
Coupled with the massive amount of federal dollars Obama has steered to labor unions, cronies who own or have invested in green companies, and other "Friends of Barry," this latest revelation about the president's top fundraisers shouldn't surprise anyone.