July 25, 2012
Obama names seven to Holocaust memorial council
President Obama named or renamed seven members of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.
The selections—all donors to Democrats—included representatives from the entertainment, social media and human rights sectors, as well as a past AIPAC president.
In a release Tuesday, Obama named Tom Bernstein to another five-year term. Bernstein, a major fundraiser for Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, has been chairman of the council since 2010.
Bernstein, an entertainment industry mogul who co-founded the Chelsea Piers entertainment complex in New York City, was first appointed to the council by President George W, Bush in 2002. He also has been a leader of Human Rights First, one of the three major human rights watchdogs.
There were six new appointees in Tuesday’s announcement, including three from northern California. Most are involved in communications through the entertainment and social media industries, or through lobbying. Presidents tend to favor such appointees as effective fundraisers and conveyors of the memorial’s message.
All of the appointees have given predominantly to Democrats, although a number also have given occasionally to Republicans.