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U.S. presidents have long rewarded big campaign donors, fundraisers and other loyalists with ambassadorships, and Democratic President Barack Obama seems to be no exception. As Obama appoints new ambassadors, OpenSecrets.org is providing analysis of the nominees' contributions and fundraising efforts. Only appointees who contributed to the coffers of the Obama or Democratic Party are included in this list. It is not a comprehensive list of all Obama appointees.

List of former Obama ambassador appointments

Active Ambassadors

Country/PostNameDems 2008-2012Obama 2008-20122008-2012 InauguralBundler
African UnionBrigety, Reuben E. $3,050 $3,050 $0
AlbaniaArvizu, Alexander A. $800 $500 $0

Alexander Arvizu became the ambassador of Albania in November 2010 after spending most of his diplomatic career in Asia. A first generation American born on a U.S. Army base in Japan, Arvizu has studied Japanese, Korean, Thai and Khmer. He has served the U.S. in various Asian countries including Thailand, Cambodia, Korea, and Japan. At the State Department's Washington headquarters, he's held several positions, including deputy assistant secretary responsible for Japan, Korea and regional security. He contributed $500 to Obama's campaign in 2008 and $300 to Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) in 2010.

ArgentinaMamet, Noah B. $94,300 $9,600 $0 2012: $500,000+
ASEANHachigian, Nina $91,124 $7,300 $0
AustraliaBerry, John $12,050 $0 $0
AustriaWesner, Alexa L. $454,612 $19,200 $5,000 2012: $500,000+;
2008: $200,000 to $500,000
AzerbaijanMorningstar, Richard L. $148,700 $9,200 $0

Richard L. Morningstar is th U.S. amabassador to Azerbaijan, and has served there since July 2012. Previously, Morningstar was special envoy for Eurasian Energy in 2009, and under President Bill Clinton was a special advisor to the president on energy issues in the Caspian Sea region. He held various other State Department diplomatic posts under Clinton and taught at Harvard University. Before his diplomatic service, Morningstar was the CEO of Co-Star Corp. and began his career at the law firm Nixon Peabody, where he was a partner. Morningstar and his wife, Faith, have given more than $453,000 in political contributions since 1991 -- all of it to Democrats. Neither gave any money to President Obama's most recent campaign, but both gave the maximum legal amount to his first presidential bid in 2008. Over the years, the couple has given $343,000 to various Democratic party committees.

BelgiumBauer, Denise C. $21,305 $11,610 $0 2012: $500,000+;
2008: $200,000 to $500,000
BelizeMoreno, Carlos $6,250 $6,000 $0
Brunei DarussalamAllen, Craig B. $1,000 $1,000 $0
BurmaMitchell, Derek J. $11,350 $9,600 $0

Derek Mitchell has served as the U.S. ambassador to Burma since July 2012. Prior to this posting, Mitchell served in several diplomatic positions in Southeast Asia. From 1993 to 2009, he worked at several think tanks, focusing on East Asian policy. Since 1992, Mitchell has contributed $12,300, entirely to Democratic candidates or causes. Of that total, $9,600 was given to President Barack Obama's two presidential campaigns.

CanadaHeyman, Bruce $281,135 $23,924 $16,000 2012: $500,000+;
2008: $200,000 to $500,000
ChinaBaucus, Max $0 $0 $610
Costa RicaHaney, S. Fitzgerald $242,944 $9,600 $50,000
Côte d'IvoireCarter, Phillip III $1,250 $1,250 $0
Czech RepublicSchapiro, Andrew $155,282 $14,960 $3,000 2012: $500,000+;
2008: $200,000 to $500,000
DenmarkGifford, John Rufus $9,649 $7,149 $0
Dominican RepublicBrewster, James W. $126,774 $5,000 $6,000 2012: $500,000+
El SalvadorAponte, Mari Carmen $35,500 $7,300 $0

Mari Carmen Aponte first became ambassador to El Salvador via a recess appointment by President Obama in 2010. She was confirmed in 2012. She was previously nominated by President Clinton in 1998 to serve as ambassador to the Dominican Republic, but eventually withdrew her name amid rumors that an ex-boyfriend had connections to the Cuban government. Ambassador Aponte has never bundled campaign contributions for Obama. However, Aponte and her immediate family have contributed $34,500 to Democratic causes from 2008-2012, including $7,300 directly to Obama.

European UnionGardner, Anthony Luzzatto $1,750 $1,500 $0 2012: $500,000+
FijiCefkin, Judith Beth $200 $200 $0
FinlandAdams, Charles C. Jr. $238,447 $9,600 $5,000 2012: $500,000+;
2008: $50,000 to $100,000
FranceHartley, Jane D. $632,974 $19,200 $0 2012: $500,000+;
2008: $200,000 to $500,000
GermanyEmerson, John B. $154,595 $5,000 $4,950 2012: $500,000+;
2008: $100,000 to $200,000
Global Women's IssuesRussell, Cathy M. $15,050 $4,850 $956
GuatemalaRobinson, Todd D. $8,259 $8,259 $0
Holy SeeHackett, Kenneth F. $500 $500 $0
HungaryBell, Colleen E. $295,700 $16,900 $100,568 2012: $500,000+
ICAOLawson, Michael A. $150,476 $7,100 $11,000 2012: $200,000-$500,000;
2008: $200,000 to $500,000
IcelandRobert C. Barber $68,289 $7,794 $2,085 2012: $500,000+;
2008: $100,000 to $200,000
IndiaVerma, Richard Rahul $5,500 $500 $0
IndonesiaBlake, Robert O. Jr $5,000 $0 $0
IrelandO'Malley, Kevin F. $52,079 $11,570 $12,000
IsraelShapiro, Daniel B. $22,600 $7,100 $545

Daniel B Shapiro was confirmed as ambassador to Israel in July, 2011. He has an academic background in Middle Eastern and Jewish studies and professional experience on both K Street and Capitol Hill. Shapiro has served in numerous foreign policy advisor roles in both the House and the Senate, including stints as senior foreign policy advisor to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and deputy chief of staff to Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla). He also worked as a lobbyist and vice president of the Washington firm Timmons & Co from 2007 to 2008. While he did bundle checks for President Obama in the 2008 or 2012 elections, Shapiro and his wife contributed $22,600 to Democratic causes, including $7,100 directly to Obama's campaigns.

ItalyPhillips, John R. $170,024 $9,600 $281 2012: $500,000+;
2008: $200,000 to $500,000
JamaicaBridgewater, Pamela E. $4,081 $3,831 $270

Pamela Bridgewater became ambassador to Jamaica in 2010. She's been in the Foreign Service since 1980 and served in a range of countries including Belgium, the Bahamas, Ghana, and Benin, garnering presidential and State Department awards along the way. She was recognized for her efforts in South Africa during its shift away from apartheid. From 2007 through 2012, Bridgewater donated more than $4,000 to Democrats and a little less than $4,000 to Barack Obama. In addition, she gave $270 to Obama's 2013 Inauguration.

JapanKennedy, Caroline B. $52,904 $16,950 $0
LesothoHarrington, Matthew T. $500 $500 $0
LuxembourgMandell, Robert A. $156,294 $9,600 $61,450 2008: $200,000 to $500,000

Robert Mandell has been the U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg since October 2011. Prior to his appointment, Mandell was a south Florida real estate developer. He was also appointed by President Barack Obama to several international trade councils. Mandell is a strong financial supporter of President Obama's campaigns and other Democratic candidates and causes. Since 1990, CRP data shows Mandell has given more than $290,000 in political donations, with only about $9,000 going to Republican candidates. He was also a bundler for Obama's first presidential campaign, pulling together between $200,000 and $500,000 in donations. Mandell was also a donor to Obama's 2013 inaugural committee -- while already serving as ambassador -- giving $10,000.

MongoliaCampbell, Piper A. Wind $1,000 $1,000 $0

Piper Anne Wind Campbell became the ambassador to Mongolia in August 2012. A member of the Foreign Service for over two decades, Campbell has been located in Iraq, the Philippines, Belgium, Croatia, Switzerland, and Cambodia. Before assuming the ambassadorship, Campbell worked for the U.S. government in southern Iraq and was the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources. Campbell gave $1,000 to Obama's first presidential campaign -- her only political contribution since 2008.

MoroccoBush, Dwight L. $205,395 $14,500 $0 2012: $500,000+
NetherlandsBroas, Timothy M. & Julia M. $208,025 $16,700 $45,917 2012: $500,000+;
2008: $200,000 to $500,000
New ZealandMark D. Gilbert $494,225 $25,899 $101,050 2012: $500,000+;
2008: $500,000
NigerWilliams, Bisa $1,000 $1,000 $0

Obama appointed Bisa Williams to be ambassador to Niger in October 2010. A member of the Foreign Service since 1984, Williams has held stints in four different countries, including Conakry, Guinea in western Africa. Williams donated to Obama in the months leading up to his 2012 reelection campaign; the two contributions of $500 each came nearly two years after she assumed the ambassadorship. Williams has not made any other political contributions of greater than $200 at the federal level. Before assuming her current position, Williams served at the Department of State as deputy assistant secretary for western hemisphere affairs.

North Atlantic Treaty OrgDaalder, Ivo H. $1,500 $1,500 $0

Ivo Daalder has been the U.S. Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization since May 2009. Although he contributed to Barack Obama's presidential campaigns ($1,000 for the 2008 cycle, $500 in 2012), he was not a bundler, nor has he contributed to other federal political candidates or groups in the last three election cycles. Daalder was a foreign policy adviser to Obama during his 2008 campaign, joining the president-elect's transition team after the vote. He also served on former President Bill Clinton's National Security Council in the 1990s.

NorwayWhite, Barry B. $44,420 $16,900 $300 2008: $200,000 to $500,000

Barry B. White has been the U.S. ambassador to Norway since October 2009. He is a longtime Democratic supporter and bundled between $200,000 and $500,000 in the 2008 election. White also co-chaired the finance arm of New England Lawyers for Obama during that cycle. Since 2008, White and his immediate family have contributed $41,920 to Democratic causes; he maxed out to Obama ($5,000) in the 2012 election cycle. Immediately prior to his posting to Norway, White spent 13 years as chairman and partner at the lobbying firm Foley Hoag. His only previous federal government experience consisted of a brief tenure as a lieutenant in the U.S. Public Health Service from 1967-1969.

OECDYohannes, Daniel W. $39,450 $10,600 $0
Org of American StatesLomellin, Carmen $4,300 $750 $0

Carmen Lomellin has been Permanent U.S. Representative to the Organization of American States since November, 2009. Lomellin has worked extensively in the field of international affairs, and immediately prior to her posting as ambassador she spent 11 years as Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission of Women at the Organization of American States. She also served in the Office of Personnel Management during the Clinton Administration. She has donated $4,300 to Democratic causes since 2008, though only $750 of that money went to support Obama directly.

PolandFeinstein, Lee A. $2,283 $2,283 $324

Lee Feinstein was confirmed as ambassador to Poland in late 2009. He has advised both Obama and Hillary Clinton on foreign policy, was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, and has written several books on national security issues. He also served stints at the Department of State and the Department of Defense. In August 2008, Feinstein contributed more than $2,000 to Obama's presidential campaign, and he helped fund his inauguration once elected.

PortugalSherman, Robert A. $69,983 $11,900 $300 2012: $500,000+;
2008: $50,000 to $100,000
RussiaMcFaul, Michael $1,500 $1,500 $0

In January 2012, the final year of Obama's first term, Michael McFaul became the ambassador to the Russian Federation. McFaul first donated $500 to Obama while serving as a professor in the political science department at Stanford University in 2007. He contributed an additional $1000 to the president's re-election effort after he was named ambassador. McFaul worked for three years at the National Security Council focusing on Russia and Eurasian Affairs, and he wrote a number of books and articles on Eastern Europe and Russia during his time at Stanford.

Saudi ArabiaWestphal, Joseph William $1,000 $1,000 $0
Sierra LeoneOwen, Michael S. $200 $0 $0

Ambassador to Sierra Leone Michael S. Owen is a career foreign service officer, but the posting to Freetown is his first ambassadorship. He has served is more junior posts in at least nine other countries. Owen's only campaign contribution on record for the 2008, 2010 and 2012 cycles is $200 he gave to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 2012.

SingaporeWagar, Kirk W. $111,800 $7,300 $0 2012: $500,000+;
2008: $500,000+
SlovakiaSedgwick, Theodore $160,646 $14,400 $10,000 2008: $200,000 to $500,000

Theodore Sedgwick, the ambassador to Slovakia, was a publishing executive before he was nominated to his post. He's the former president of Pasha Publications and Io Energy, both successful publishing companies specializing in insider newsletters covering topics from bird hunting to the energy sector. Sedgwick is a major contributor to Democratic campaigns and was a top bundler for President Obama's 2008 bid, raking in between $200,000 and $500,000. Beyond his bundling efforts, Tod and his immediate family have given $150,466 in hard money to Democratic causes from 2008 to 2012, and $14,400 to support Obama directly. He also supported the president's initial inaugural committee, chipping in $10,000.

SpainCostos, James $206,613 $9,995 $1,000 2012: $500,000+
SwedenRaji, Azita $122,613 $18,150 $900 2012: $500,000+
SwedenBrzezinski, Mark $4,000 $0 $0

Mark Brzezinski has served as amabassador to Sweden since October 2011. Prior to becoming an ambassador, Brzezinski held several positions in previous Democratic administrations and on K Street. From 1999 to 2001, he served on President Bill Clinton's National Security Council. In 2002, he became a partner and registered lobbyist at K Street law firm McGuire Woods; his primary client was Smithfield Foods. Since 1992, Brzezinski has contributed $17,000 to Democrats and $750 to Republicans. He did not give to either of President Barack Obama's campaigns.

SwitzerlandLevine, Susan G. $432,251 $18,840 $324 2012: $500,000+
TanzaniaChildress, Mark B. $14,600 $2,300 $0
Trinidad & TobagoWelters, Beatrice W. $488,803 $25,900 $103,000 2012: $500,000+;
2008: $200,000 to $500,000

Beatrice W. Welters has served as U.S. Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago since March, 2010. Welters is a bundler and mega-donor for the Democratic Party. Her husband, Anthony Welters, is a successful businessman and an executive vice president at UnitedHealth Group. Beatrice Welters bundled between $200,000 and $500,000 in 2008 for Barack Obama, and more than $500,000 in the 2012 cycle. But apart from bundling the funds of others, Welters and her husband themselves have given $458,203 to Democratic causes since 2008, including (with their children) $25,900 to support Obama. The Welters were also major contributors to the 2008 Presidential Inaugural Committee, giving $103,000.

TunisiaWalles, Jacob $1,450 $1,450 $0

Jacob Walles, a senior member of the Foreign Service, became the ambassador to the Republic of Tunisia in July 2012. His prior assignments include Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Consul General in Jerusalem, and Director of the Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs. Walles' efforts to support peace in the Middle East began at the 1991 Madrid Conference, in which he was a prominent participant. His honors include a Presidential Rank Award in 2007 and the Department?s Superior Honor Award in 2001 and 1994. In 2008, he contributed a little less than $1,500 to Obama's campaign.

UN Agencies in RomeLane, David J $6,750 $6,000 $0
UN Human Rights CouncilHarper, Keith M. $1,500 $1,000 $4,928 2012: $500,000+
UN Management & ReformColeman, Isobel $2,042 $0 $0
UN OSCEBaer, Daniel B. $-850 $1,250 $0
UNESCONix-Hines, Crystal $2,500 $1,500 $500 2012: $500,000+;
2008: $100,000 to $200,000
United KingdomBarzun, Matthew Winthrop $388,639 $19,200 $40,000 2012: $500,000+;
2008: $500,000
United NationsPowers, Samantha $4,493 $4,493 $0
United Nations in GenevaHamamoto, Pamela K. $21,031 $10,531 $2,824 2012: $500,000+;
2008: $200,000 to $500,000
UruguayReynoso, Julissa $8,450 $1,000 $0

Julissa Reynoso has been the U.S. ambassador to Uruguay since March 2012. Prior to this post, she worked at the State Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central American and Caribbean Affairs. She worked on both the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama and prior to that was an attorney in New York City. She has made modest contributions to Democratic causes since 2008, including $1,000 to Obama.

VietnamOsius, Theodore G. $250 $250 $0
World Trade OrganizationPunke, Michael W. $1,000 $0 $0

Obama nominated Michael Punke to the position of Deputy United States Trade Representative and U.S. Ambassador to the World Trade Organization in September 2009. Before moving to Geneva, Punke worked for nearly two decades on trade litigation issues, and he interacted with the National Security Council and National Economic Council while he was director of economic affairs at the White House. Punke has made just two reported political donations at the federal level in the last three election cycles, both in September 2007 to Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), for whom Punke worked for two years. He has not donated to Obama's campaigns.

NOTE: Contributions to Democrats include campaign donations to Democratic candidates and parties. All figures include contributions from spouses and dependent children. Additionally, federal law prohibits the use of contributor information for the purpose of soliciting contributions or for any commercial purpose.

Based on data released by the FEC on on Monday, March 25, 2013. Bundler figures come from information released by the Obama for America campaign on March 2nd, 2013.

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