Nicole Avant: socialite, part-time actress, music executive, father ran Motown Records. Avant bundled over $500,000 for Obama in 2008. Reward? U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas. Inspector General report on her Fundbassadorship: Not running the embassy at all. Away from the Embassy 276 days between September 2009 and November 2011 (when she returned to fundraising for Obama). During her time as Ambassador to the Bahamas, there was little reporting or analysis on key issues which are international crime and drug smuggling. The base salary at the lowest level for Ambassadors is $99,628 to $129,517. Senior rank payscale $120,000 to $180,000. “That ain’t right.” UPDATE 8-6-12: Foreign Policy Blog details here. Direct link to Inspector General’s report here (highly redacted).
Nicole Avant: Obama Bundler Reward: Ambassador to Bahamas – “That Ain’t Right.” (video)