Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are gearing up to question President Donald Trump’s pick to replace former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, and according to Politico, Trump’s nominee has donated to several of those lawmakers.
The Hill reported that Kelly Craft, currently the U.S. ambassador to Canada, and her husband have donated to at least half of the Republicans presently sitting on the committee that is vetting Craft’s nomination.
The report indicates that she donated the maximum amount allowed to Senators Todd Young (R-IN) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) in 2016, giving $2,700 to each lawmakers campaign.
Craft also donated $5,400 to Senator Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) primary and general Senate campaigns in 2016.
Both Craft and her husband, Joe Craft, supported Rubio’s presidential campaign, and both also shifted their support to Trump after the Florida senator dropped out of the race.
Senator Mitt Romney, who now sits on the committee, received $2,700 from Joe Craft in 2018, The Hill said, and both Crafts contributed the $5,000 maximum to Romney’s presidential campaign in 2011 and 2012.
The Hill noted that the financial links between Kelly Craft and the senators tasked with grilling her as part of the nomination process are not typical, despite the fact that major donors are often chosen as ambassadors.
Politico pointed out that Craft is “one of the wealthiest and most well-connected political patrons in Kentucky,” and her husband — a coal magnate — “has given millions to Republican causes over the years.”