Obama makes new bid to install bundler as an ambassador in Europe

President Obama on Thursday launched a new effort to appoint a key campaign donor to a plum diplomatic post, a year after a drunken driving arrest forced the fundraiser to withdraw his name. 

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Obama renominated Timothy Broas, a Washington, D.C.-based criminal lawyer, to serve as ambassador to the Netherlands. 

Broas has raised more than $700,000 for Obama’s election campaigns as a bundler, USA Today reported

He was initially nominated to the post last April but withdrew in late June 2012 after being charged with drunken driving and resisting arrest.

Court records said Broas was pulled over for speeding and was "attempting to drive [a] vehicle while under the influence of alcohol."

"Tim Broas has a long and distinguished career and was a strong nominee. He withdrew his nomination for personal reasons, and we wish him the best," White House spokesman Eric Schultz said at the time. 

Broas plead guilty to a lesser offense of driving while impaired and was given probation, Reuters reported

Broas’s lawyer, Paul Kemp, told the news agency that “while the case was pending, he thought it was inappropriate for his name to be considered” for the diplomatic job. 

An analysis by The Hill this week found that Obama had rewarded at least 19 campaign contributors and political allies with ambassadorships this year.

No fewer than eight bundlers, including six who raised more than $1 million for Obama, have been given high-profile diplomatic jobs. 

Several fundraising staffers, including the head of Obama’s 2012 finance operation, were also named to prized ambassadorships. 

Among those rewarded was Denise Bauer, the Women for Obama finance chairwoman, who was named ambassador to Belgium. She raised $2.36 million. Crystal Nix Hines, a former Princeton classmate of Michelle Obama who raised $477,000, was named ambassador to UNESCO. 

The American Foreign Service Association said that as of late June, political appointees had been named to 32.2 percent of Obama’s ambassadorial posts. 

That compares to 30.02 percent under former President George W. Bush, 31.30 percent under his father, George H.W. Bush and 31.30 percent under Bill Clinton.