Obama Fundraiser Confirmed to UN Human RightsCouncil

Keith Harper

Keith Harper

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The Senate confirmed former Obama campaign fundraiser Keith Harper for the U.N. Human Rights Council in a 52-42 vote on Tuesday.

The Hill reports:

Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) criticized Harper, saying he was the “latest bundler blunder” nominee from the administration.

“Mr. Harper is just another example of a campaign bundler wholly unqualified for the position in which he is nominated,” McCain said. “What [also] concerns me is his character.”

Harper, a member of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma, was a top bundler for the Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008 and a member of the administration’s transition team. He will be the first member of a federally recognized tribe to serve in such a role.

McCain said Harper did a disservice to Native Americans when he served as co-counsel in the class-action lawsuit Cobell v. Salazar. The lawsuit resulted in a $3.4 billion settlement, and Harper made millions from the deal.