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Obama Taps Big Donor As Ambassador To Costa Rica

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is nominating one of his longtime donors to be the next U.S. ambassador to Costa Rica.

The White House says Fitzgerald Haney is Obama's pick for the job. Haney is a client services executive at Pzena Investment Bank. The White House says he's worked in Brazil, Mexico and Puerto Rico, and studied at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.

Campaign finance records show Fitzgerald raised large sums for Obama's presidential campaigns and also contributed to Obama's transition team and inauguration. Obama selected him in 2013 to join the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.

Obama is nominating career diplomats to be ambassadors to Macedonia, Montenegro, Senegal, Azerbaijan and Fiji. All of the positions must be confirmed by the Senate.

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