CNN reports that President Obama is "sullying" his "brand" by getting ready to appoint donors as ambassadors:
Obama, CNN reports, will likely appoint high-dollar fundraisers Marc Lasry and Matthew Barzun to nice ambassadorial spots.
The Washington Free Beacon explains who these fundraisers are:
Lasry, the founder of private equity firm Avenue Capital, is likely headed to France. He raised more than $500,000 for Obama’s reelection and hosted Wall Street fundraisers for the president. Last summer, Lasry told friends that attendees of one fundraiser would get the chance to ride in the presidential motorcade. Additionally, one of Lasry’s five children worked at the White House.
Barzun is likely headed to the United Kingdom. The former ambassador to Sweden, he resigned and went on to become the national financial chair of Obama’s reelection campaign. He served as a co-chair of the corporately-funded inauguration committee this year. Barzun has raised more than $2 million for President Obama since 2007.
CNN makes clear that these appointments would not be illegal.