Timothy M. Broas was nominated for a pretty sweet job, U.S. Ambassador to the NetherlandsÂ—until the White House withdrew the nomination on Thursday night after Broas was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and resisting arrest.
Back in April, Broas was rewarded for his bundling efforts with the nomination, as reported by iwatchnews, a part of the Center for Public Integrity, which describes itself as “one of the country’s oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations”. Broas was one of 117 bundlers who managed to raise over $500,000 for the president’s election campaign, the DNC and Democratic candidates in battleground states. Broas has visited the White House more than 39 times since 2009, and has been previously appointed by our president to be on the board of trustees of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Being a campaign bundler seems to pay off, as a 2011 Center for Public Integrity investigation found that nearly 200 of Obama’s 2008 camÂpaign bundlers, or their spouses, won White House appointments. George W. Bush had a similar record of appointments given to bundlers.
Bundlers have all kinds of perks, from invitations to White House dinners and special events or special appointments and ambassadorships, “All told, bundlers have been cleared for more than 5,000 visits to the White House from January 2009 through August 2011, according to visitor logs.” The White House made the announcement regarding Timothy M. Broas on the White House site. It is time that the clear conflict of interest ceases over campaign bundlers and special appointments by the White House, whether it is a Republican or Democratic administration.