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The State Department responded by with travel sanctions on Syrian Ambassador Imad Moustapha.


President Obama’s nominee to serve as ambassador to Sweden is one of the top fundraisers from his 2008 election campaign who is also the son of a former national security adviser.

Mark Brzezinski, a lawyer at the Washington office of McGuireWoods LLP, collected more than $680,000 for Mr. Obama’s campaign, according to the website His father, Zbigniew Brzezinski, was national security adviser for President Jimmy Carter. His sister, Mika, is a talk-show host on MSNBC.

The younger Mr. Brzezinski has donated more than $16,000 personally to political candidates, mostly Democrats, since 1999 and served as a lobbyist for his law firm until 2007, OpenSecrets reported.

He also served on the National Security Council under former President Bill Clinton.

Mr. Brzezinski would replace Matthew Barzun, another Obama fundraiser, if the Senate confirms his nomination.

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