Obama's Hollywood Donors Line Up for Plum Diplomatic Posts

Obama's Hollywood Donors Line Up for Plum Diplomatic Posts

Hollywood denizens opened up their considerable check books for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign last fall, and now it’s payback time.

A number of prestigious diplomatic posts have opened up recently, and some of the entertainment industry’s more generous donors could fill them, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Among posts still in play, sources tell THR, is the coveted ambassadorship to France, previously thought to belong to hedge fund chief Marc Lasry, a major contributor to Obama and to Bill Clinton’s Clinton Global Initiative….

Whomever Obama decides on for the coveted Paris post, he or she will join a surprising number of nominees with Hollywood ties. Among them: Emmy-nominated television producer Colleen Bell, said to be in line for Belgium or Hungary; longtime Democratic activist and executive John Emerson, whose name has come up as a possible ambassador to Germany; HBO executive James Costos, who according to sources is under consideration for Spain; media executive-turned-political activist Rufus Gifford, who is being eyed for Denmark; and political consultant Noah Mamet, who is in the running for Argentina.

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