Obama nominates Goldman Sachs donor for ambassadorship

President Obama on Thursday said he will nominate Goldman Sachs banker Bruce Heyman, a top bundler to his 2012 campaign, to be his ambassador to Canada.

Heyman is the managing director of Private Wealth Management at Goldman Sachs & Co. and one of the few executives at the financial services giant to openly support Obama.

He and his wife, Vicki, hosted a fundraiser for Obama at their Chicago home back in 2007 — when Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck The Memo: All eyes on faltering Biden ahead of first debate Trump says he's not prepared to lose in 2020 MORE was still the Democratic front-runner — and have jointly bundled $1.7 million for the president, according to records obtained by The New York Times.

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If confirmed by the Senate, Heyman would replace David Jacobson, another Chicago fundraiser who served as Obama's deputy national finance chairman in the 2008 election. Jacobson, formerly a partner at Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal, departed his Ottowa posting last month.

Obama on Thursday also nominated Kevin Whitaker to be his ambassador to Columbia. Whitaker, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, has been the the deputy assistant secretary of State for South America since 2011. 


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