Salazar appoints Dem donors to advisory board 

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar appointed 12 new members to the National Park System Advisory Board, describing them as “highly accomplished men and women whose creativity and wisdom will help us prepare for the challenges of the National Parks Service’s second hundred years.”

Apparently, Salazar’s definition of “highly accomplished” includes “major Democratic donor.”

The newbies include Washington consultant Leonore Blitz, New Mexico attorney Paul Bardacke, Harvard professor Linda Bilmes, World Resources Institute board member Gretchen Long, California administrator Belinda Faustinos, former Alaska governor Tony Knowles and University of Maryland professor Rita Colwell.

What more than half of the appointees have in common is that they made a significant campaign contribution to one or more Democratic candidates, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, John Edwards, John Kerry, Howard Dean, Sen. Max Baucus, and Rep. Hilda Solis, to name just a few.

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