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So You Want to Buy an Ambassadorship

The United States is the only Western government that routinely rewards mega-donors with top diplomatic posts.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks on the DISCLOSE Act.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks on the DISCLOSE Act.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks on the DISCLOSE Act, which would require super PACs and other dark money groups to disclose major donors, during an event at the White House in Washington on Sept. 20, 2022. Alex Wong/Getty Images

So you want to be a U.S. ambassador? Broadly speaking, there are two ways to do that.

Robbie Gramer is a diplomacy and national security reporter at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @RobbieGramer

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