Obama names campaign supporters to ambassadorships
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President Obama on Tuesday named a top bundler and the former national finance chairman of his re-election campaign to ambassadorships to the United Kingdom and Italy.
Matthew Winthrop Barzun, an Internet entrepreneur, was named ambassador to the Court of St. James’s – aka Great Britain and Northern Ireland – after serving as National Finance Chair of Obama for America from 2011 to 2012. He was rewarded with an ambassadorship to Sweden from 2009 to 2011 after serving as a member of the National Finance Committee for Obama for America during Obama’s first campaign.
Obama also named John Phillips, the chairman of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, to serve as ambassador to the Italian Republic and the Republic of San Marino. Phillips was a major Obama bundler and is married to Linda Douglass, a former ABC News correspondent who served as the spokeswoman for the president’s healthcare reform law when it was being debated on Capitol Hill.