ow it would be gauche to say how “much” a prime diplomatic post “cost.” But a new study by Penn State University professors Johannes W. Fedderke and Dennis C. Jett tried to put a theoretical price tag on snagging an overseas gig by showing how much the appointees gave/raised towards Obama’s election. Check out the study here, H/T NYT.
Here is what the PSU profs had to say about some Californians stationed overseas:
Jeffrey L. Bleich – The U.S. Ambassador to Australia is a Piedmont attorney who was on the Obama bandwagon early — and raised $500,000 for him as a bundler, according to the study. As we’ve told you before, he and Obama go back more than 20 years together.
Eleni Kounalakis — Her San Francisco home is a go-to stop for Democrats on the fundraising trail. The U.S. Ambassador to Hungary gave $439,000 to the Obama cause. (And helped raise $1 million for Hillary Clinton before that.)The Darmouth and UC-Berkeley grad was president of AKT Development, the development company founded by her father, Angelo Tsakopoulos. Comrade Leah Garchik profiled her here.
John V. Roos — Our man in Japan is a Silicon Valley attorney who bundled $500,000 for Team Obama.
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