Biden’s ambassadors and their spouses donated $22 MILLION to Democrats before getting cushy overseas postings: Shocking report eviscerates Joe’s claim that ‘nobody, in fact, will be appointed by me based on anything they contributed’
James Comer says new Biden bank records he expects to obtain will show family accepted between $20-30 MILLION from foreign nationals
- Bombshell report accuses Joe Biden of effectively selling ambassador roles abroad
- The Campaign Legal Center slammed the ‘donor-to-ambassador pipeline’
- Most diplomatic jobs are rubber-stamped by the U.S. Senate
- Biden and Obama sold “Ambassador” jobs
The analysis by the Campaign Legal Center slammed what it called the ‘donor-to-ambassador pipeline’ in violation of federal law.
CLC lawyers pointed to nearly 60 rich political donors who bankrolled Democratic campaigns over the past decade before landing senior U.S. ambassador roles.
They said the donors, many of whom worked as bankers, lawyers or lobbyists, had ‘limited or nonexistent credentials for foreign service.’
On average, they handed over $400,000 to Democratic Party campaigns, according to the report.
And that is despite U.S. legislation clearly stating that ‘contributions to political campaigns should not be a factor’ when appointing top diplomats.
Biden had denied at the start of his presidency that he would appoint any ambassadors in this way, which has long been a trait for U.S. politics.
Donors have landed top ambassadorial roles representing the Biden administration
CLC lawyers accused Joe Biden of effectively ‘selling’ ambassadorial roles to wealthy donors abroad
Scott Miller, a former UBS banker, had no diplomatic experience before landing the plum role in the Swiss capital of Bern
Carrin Patman is the U.S. ambassador to Iceland. It is unclear as to whether she has succeeded in mastering the notoriously tricky Icelandic language.
It singled out Scott Miller, an ex-UBS banker who is now ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
Miller and his husband gave $3 million to Democratic campaigns in the last 10 years, the report said, before securing the cushy posting.
The 44-year-old reportedly speaks neither French nor German, the two main working languages of the Alpine nation.
Carrin Patman, a Texas-based attorney, was appointed as the U.S. ambassador to Iceland in August last year.
The Duke University graduate has zero foreign policy experience but she did stump up just over $2,6 million for the Democrats with her husband, according to the CLC report.
The third-largest donor was Constance Milstein, who is now the U.S. ambassador on the picturesque island nation of Malta.
She and her husband also handed over $2,151,200 to Democratic committees over the past ten years.
Milstein is a real estate executive who owns a hotel in Washington, DC, but claims that she hosted ‘meetings and conferences with world leaders.’
Jane Hartley, Joe Biden’s envoy to the United Kingdom, donated nearly $1 million to the Democrats and lives in a period English townhouse in London’s upmarket Kensington district.
State Department salaries are dwarfed by what donors can earn in the private sector.
But U.S. ambassadors can rake in up to $180,000 a year and given special residences where they live free of charge at the taxpayer’s expense.
Ambassadors are given plush taxpayer-funded residences, such as Winfield House in the United Kingdom, where they stay for free and host lavish parties
They also get a range of other benefits, including government subsidized healthcare insurance, life insurance and five weeks of vacation time per year.
Taxpayers are also on the hook for their airfares to and from the vacation destination of their choice, as well as school fees for their families.
The CLC lawyers called on lawmakers to stop rubber-stamping appointees who were clearly lacking in the proper qualifications to be a senior diplomat.
Republicans have also traditionally appointed political allies and donors to the cushy roles.
‘Presidents, of course, must stop engaging in this corrupt and illegal practice, but senators could stop it today by simply declining to confirm ambassadors who are not meaningfully qualified,’ they wrote.
‘The donor-to-ambassador pipeline has caused incalculable damage to public trust by creating a widespread perception that many diplomats are selected because of their campaign contributions, not because of their experience and skills.
‘The American people have a right to know that all public officials, regardless of whether they serve at home or abroad, are appointed based on merit,’ the report said.