Obama taps 3 donors for ambassadorships in Sweden, Italy, Morocco

June 20, 2009 04:06


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US President Barack Obama named three more big fundraisers and contributors to his presidential campaign to ambassadorships in Sweden, Italy and Morocco. Obama tapped career diplomats Friday for posts in the Solomon Islands, Croatia, Tajikistan, Georgia and Uganda. Obama nominated Louisville, Kentucky, technology entrepreneur and business executive Matthew Barzun, who raised more than $500,000 for the campaign, to be the next US ambassador to Sweden, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group that tracks money in politics. Another major fundraiser - Minneapolis lawyer Samuel Kaplan, who along with his wife, Sylvia, brought in between $100,000 and $200,000 for Obama's campaign - was nominated to be ambassador to Morocco. Obama named Ertharin Cousin, a Chicago lawyer and expert in food security who served as a consultant and senior adviser to his campaign, to be the next US ambassador to the Rome-based UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture.

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