What price for a US ambassadorship?
How do financial contributions to political campaigns of US presidents influence the awarding of diplomatic posts to political appointees? In a new article for Governance, Johannes Fedderke and Dennis Jett examine 764 posting decisions made under two presidents between 2000 and 2013. They show how ambassadorships are awarded in return for campaign contributions, and produce a price list for a range of diplomatic posts. The price for the ambassadorship to the UK? Based on one model, about $2.3 million in personal contributions. But for some postings — like the small Nordic countries — “donors would have to be paid to go.” Read the article.