Report: Top Obama Donor Brokered His Netflix Deal

Peter Hasson | Reporter

A top campaign bundler for former President Barack Obama was instrumental in securing a Netflix deal for the former president and former first lady Michelle Obama, a new report reveals.

Netflix creative-content chief Ted Sarandos, who bundled just under $600,000 in contributions for Obama’s 2012 campaign, “helped to broker the deal,” New York Post reported on Saturday, citing an unnamed source.

The personal ties between Sarandos and The Obamas run deep, the Post noted.

Sarandos’s wife, Nicole Avant, served as the ambassador to the Bahamas from 2009-2011. Avant’s father, Clarence Avant, bundled $450,000 for Obama’s presidential campaigns, according to the paper. (President Obama was known for rewarding top campaign donors with cushy ambassador positions.)

The former president claimed on Wednesday his show will be about “training the next generation of leaders” to follow in his footsteps. (RELATED: Obamas Have Slammed Trump A Dozen Times Since Leaving The White House, Breaking With Precedent)

Obama’s upcoming show isn’t the first partnership between Netflix and a former member of his administration. The streaming service added former national security adviser Susan Rice to its board of directors in March.

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