President Barack Obama recently re-nominated one of his major campaign donors, who also happens to have a criminal record, as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Tim Broas, a D.C based defense attorney specializing in white collar crimes, was previously nominated for the post last April, but withdrew his name after being charged for a DUI and resisting arrest. He eventually pleaded guilty to driving while while impaired, a lesser traffic offense, and was placed on probation.
Broas was originally pulled over for speeding by police near his home in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Chevy Chase, Maryland. At the time, the White House broke the news his resignation easily, stating that he withdrew his nomination for “personal reasons and we wish him the best”
Broas has also donated over $700,000 for the president’s two White House runs, and bundled more than $500,000 in donations during the 2012 presidential election.
Nominating generous donors to White House positions is not a new phenomenon within the Obama administration. Obama named John Phillips, a Washington, D.C. lawyer and campaign donor, as U.S Ambassador to Italy last week, and former campaign finance chairman Matthew Barzun was named ambassador to Britain. Last month, Obama also nominated donors to ambassador postings in Denmark, Germany and Spain.
Obama nominated several other key administration posts on Thursday, along with multiple government undersecretaries and assistant secretaries.
Broas’ nomination will require confirmation by the Senate.