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Ellen Sauerbrey, chosen by President Bush to head the State Department's bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, was Maryland chairwoman of his campaign in 2000.
Most Corrupt Bush Appointees: Ellen Sauerbrey
BUSH'S PICK FOR REFUGEE DIRECTOR ECHOES FEMA'S "BROWNIE"
October 1, 2005, LOS ANGELES TIMES, by Kenneth Silverstein -- Less than a month after FEMA director Michael Brown stepped down amid charges of cronyism and incompetence, the Bush administration nominated another political ally with no experience in emergency response work for a key agency for responding to foreign disasters.
Ellen Sauerbrey was picked to head the State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, an agency with a $700 million annual budget that has responsibility for coordinating the U.S. government's response to refugee crises during natural disasters and wars.
Sauerbrey, a former member of the Republican National Committee who was Bush's Maryland state campaign chairwoman in 2000, is the U.S. representative to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women. She has been a conservative activist for decades, and was a TV commentator after two unsuccessful runs for Maryland governor, but has no direct experience mobilizing responses to humanitarian emergencies.
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