Trump UN pick donated to GOP members on Senate Foreign Relations panel

President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussia's election interference is a problem for the GOP Pence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Iran oil minister: US made 'bad mistake' in ending sanctions waivers MORE’s nominee for ambassador to the United Nations has donated to several Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which is preparing to grill her as part of her expected nomination process, according to Politico.

Kelly Craft, the current U.S. ambassador to Canada, was nominated by Trump in February to take over for Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyPollster says Trump unlikely to face 'significant' primary challenge Trump blocked renomination of Obama-era UN racism official, won't pick a replacement: report Trump says he considered nominating Ivanka to lead World Bank MORE as the U.S.'s top envoy to the U.N. She or her husband have donated to at least half of the Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations panel, Politico reported.

She donated $2,700 each, the maximum allowable amount, to the election campaigns of Sens. Todd YoungTodd Christopher YoungGOP senators divided on Trump trade pushback Menendez, Rubio lead Senate effort to regulate Venezuelan sanctions Senate GOP proposes constitutional amendment to keep Supreme Court at 9 seats MORE (R-Ind.) and Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGOP senator: 'No problem' with Mueller testifying The Hill's Morning Report — Category 5 Mueller storm to hit today GOP senators double down on demand for Clinton email probe documents MORE (R-Wisc.) in 2016, as well as giving $5,400 to Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSenate Republicans tested on Trump support after Mueller Cuban negotiator says Trump's efforts to destabilize Cuba's government will fail Freedom to Compete Act would benefit many American workers MORE’s (R-Fla.) primary and general Senate election campaign the same year, according to the article.


Craft and her husband Joe, a coal magnate, both also supported Rubio’s 2016 presidential campaign and fundraised for Trump’s campaign after Rubio exited the race.

Joe Craft also donated $2,700 to the 2018 campaign of Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyMJ Hegar announces Texas Senate bid On The Money: Cain withdraws from Fed consideration | Says he didn't want 'pay cut' | Trump sues to block subpoena for financial records | Dems plot next move in Trump tax-return battle Pelosi downplays impeachment post-Mueller report MORE (R-Utah), who has since been named to the committee and each donated the maximum of $5,000 to his presidential campaign in 2011 and 2012, according to Politico.

While donors receiving ambassadorships is not unusual, with President Obama appointing major fundraisers as ambassadors to Canada twice, Craft’s financial ties to the senators who will vote on her nomination is less typical.

If "there's a big campaign, a) you want Kelly running your stuff in Kentucky and b) in terms of national players, they are some of the biggest," former Bush administration official Scott Jennings told the publication. “She’s just somebody who knows how to meet people and make friends and bring people together, and I think that skill has been a hallmark of her career.”

The couple has long been active in Kentucky Republican politics, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Dem candidates sell policy as smart politics Overnight Defense: Trump ends sanctions waivers for buying Iranian oil | At least four Americans killed in Sri Lanka attacks | Sanders pushes for Yemen veto override vote McConnell: 'Time to move on' from Trump impeachment talk MORE (R-Ky.) reportedly convinced Trump to nominate Craft for the position.