WASHINGTON - US President Obama named or renamed seven members of the US Holocaust Memorial Council, all donors to Democrats and including representatives from the entertainment, social media and human rights sectors, as well as a past AIPAC president.
In a release Tuesday, Obama named Tom Bernstein to another five year term; Bernstein, a major fundraiser for Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, has been chairman of the council since 2010.
An entertainment industry mogul who co-founded the Chelsea Piers entertainment complex in New York City, Bernstein was first appointed to the council by President George W. Bush in 2002. He has also been a leader of Human Rights First, one of the three major human rights watchdogs.
There were six new appointees in Tuesday's announcement, including three from northern California. Most are involved in communications, through involvement in the entertainment and social media industries, or through lobbying. Presidents tend to favor such appointees as effective fundraisers and conveyors of the memorial's message