How do financial contributions to political campaigns of US presidents influence the awarding of diplomatic posts to political appointees?
In a new article for
examine 764 posting decisions made under two presidents between 2000 and 2013. They show how ambassadorships are awarded in return for campaign contributions, and produce a price list for a range of diplomatic posts. The price for the ambassadorship to the UK? Based on one model, about $2.3 million in personal contributions. But for some postings -- like the small Nordic countries -- "donors would have to be paid to go."
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