Two of President Barack Obama’s top fundraisers will face confirmation votes in the U.S. Senate after being nominated for ambassadorships that they are far from qualified for.
Noah Bryson Mamet and Colleen Bell together raised more than $1 million to help elect and reelect Obama to the White House. Mamet in turn was nominated to be the ambassador to Argentina, while Bell was nominated to be the ambassador to Hungary.
Nominating political allies for ambassadorships is standard practice for Obama.
Since 2009, Obama has nominated 133 of his political allies for ambassador positions, according to the American Foreign Service Association. In his second term, the AFSA notes that an even higher percentage of his nominations have been for political reasons, with more than 40 percent going to his political allies so far.
Though many of Obama’s nominees have lacked the qualifications to properly serve as ambassadors, Mamet and Bell seem to be two of his worst choices.