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Benghazi auditor Pickering slams Obama for appointing donors to embassy posts
By Julian Pecquet, The Hill
The co-author of the State Department’s independent Benghazi audit slammed President Obama on Wednesday for doling out ambassadorships to his top donors.
Retired diplomat Thomas Pickering told The Guardian newspaper that the practice amounted to selling public office to the highest bidder after Obama named the national finance chairman of his re-election campaign, Matthew Barzun, to the London posting. An analysis by the British newspaper found that the average amount raised for Obama’s campaign by recent appointees to 10 desirable postings had soared to $1.8 million per post, much more than in past election cycles.
“All these people want to go to places where the lifestyle issues [are pleasant],” Pickering told the newspaper. “It has the effect of diminishing perhaps the sense that the US is treating these countries with the respect they deserve.”
The practice has also come under fire from the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), which represents career US diplomats.
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