Does the second #DNCLeak prove anything? | The Tylt
Does the second #DNCLeak prove anything?
The second wave of #DNCLeak shows a spreadsheet of donors and the positions they were awarded. Critics of the DNC and Clinton say it reveals corruption and political pay to play. However, giving donors positions as ambassador is nothing new. In fact, it's a common practice with both parties.
Some people don't think this is a big deal because it's common practice to give donors positions in an administration. The Democratic party aren't the only ones who've done this.
Mr. Obama has followed recent tradition in making appointments; like every president going back to Ronald Reagan, he has filled about 70 percent of the posts with career diplomats and 30 percent with political appointees, often but not always top donors.
The positions aren't limited to ambassadors either.
Not everyone wants a gilded posting in a European capital. Ellen Susman, a Texas philanthropist who contributed $100,000 to the "super PAC" supporting Mr. Obama, has alerted people involved in the decision-making of her interest in serving as director of the State Department’s Art in Embassies program, responsible for managing the art collection that hangs in American embassies around the world. (Ms. Susman declined to comment.) Others are more interested in policy positions within the State Department or elsewhere in Mr. Obama’s administration.
"There are some people who just want to be an assistant secretary of state for Latin America or something," said Robert Rizzi, a partner in the Washington office of O’Melveny & Myers, one of several law firms that help clients navigate background checks for high-ranking jobs.
Common practice or not, some people are unhappy about the revelations of pay to play in the government. The fact that it's a common practice shows how corrupt the government has gotten. Critics see this as an example of how the system is rigged for elites and insiders.