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Question of the Day
President Obama on Thursday nominated a campaign bundler for U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands, one year after the nominee withdrew from consideration amid charges of drunk driving and resisting arrest in Maryland.
The president nominated Washington attorney Timothy M. Broas of Chevy Chase, who raised more than $500,000 for Mr. Obama's reelection, to the plum diplomatic post. He is at least the 12th Obama campaign fundraiser nominated for an ambassadorship this year.
Mr. Broas, who specializes in white-collar criminal defense work, had been nominated to the same post and was cleared by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on June 19, 2012.
But hours before the committee's favorable action, police in Chevy Chase had pulled over Mr. Broas and charged him with attempting to drive under the influence of alcohol. He was ticketed for driving 47 mph in a 35 mph zone on Connecticut Avenue.
The White House withdrew his nomination 10 days later.
Mr. Broas is among an elite group of Obama fundraisers, having also raised between $200,000 and $500,000 for Mr. Obama's first White House race in 2008.
He is a partner at Winston & Strawn LLP and also serves on the board of trustees at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
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