As time is running out for his presidency, Donald Trump has rewarded some of his top fundraisers with confident federal positions that will outlast his tenure alone.
The White House announced Thursday that Trump had appointed lobbyist Brian Ballard to the board of directors of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Jeff Miller, also a leading lobbyist, to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.
Both men were major fundraisers for the president’s re-election. Miller reported that he “bundled” more than $ 3.5 million for Trump Victory, the joint fundraising account that housed the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee field operation. Ballard has raised nearly $ 600,000 for Trump Victory.
The apparent parting gift for two of the president’s most lavish financial backers installs them in largely ceremonial roles where they will serve well in the administration of President-elect Joe Biden. Kennedy Center board members serve six years, while positions on the US Holocaust Memorial Council last five years.
Ballard and Miller’s appointments were just two of 24 appointments to various federal agencies announced Thursday. Heidi Stirrup, the White House liaison with the Department of Justice, landed a spot on the United States Air Force Academy Visitors Council. Minutes after the White House email announcing the list of nominations, the Associated Press reported that Stirrup, an ally of Senior White House Assistant Stephen Miller, had been banned from DOJ offices after lobbying on officials to disclose information on ongoing investigations into alleged irregularities in last month’s presidential election.
There were also other current and former Trump administration officials on the list. Brian Hook, a former State Department official responsible for overseeing US policy toward Iran, secured a seat on the board of trustees of the Smithsonian’s Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Hook has been involved in efforts to remove State Department officials deemed insufficiently loyal to the president, a role that has caught the attention of the Department’s Inspector General.
Ray Washburne, who until last year was the chairman of the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation (and a six-figure Trump Victory donor), has been appointed to the National Security Education Board.
Trump also appealed to Pamella DeVos, GOP donor and sister-in-law of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, for a seat on the Kennedy Center board.
Other notable appointments included John Coale, the husband of former Fox News host Greta Van Susteren. He will serve on the United States Naval Academy Visitors Council. Garrick Davis, the poetry editor of the conservative commentary website First Things, has been selected for the board of directors of the American Folklife Center.
For the Presidential Committee on the National Science Medal, Trump appointed David Legates, an official with the National Oceans and Atmosphere Administration who questioned both the scientific consensus on the original climate change human and, more recently, the need for strict measures to slow the spread. of the coronavirus.
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