Obama backer gets second term as Holocaust memorial chair
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Obama backer gets second term as Holocaust memorial chair

Tom Bernstein had switched allegiances to Democratic candidate after supporting Bush in 2000 and 2004

Tom Bernstein speaks at the National Days of Remembrance ceremony at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC on May 17, 2011 (screen capture: YouTube)
Tom Bernstein speaks at the National Days of Remembrance ceremony at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC on May 17, 2011 (screen capture: YouTube)

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has named a major backer of his presidential campaigns to a second term chairing the US Holocaust Memorial Council.

Obama on Thursday announced his decision to name Tom Bernstein to a second five-year term. Bernstein is the president of Chelsea Piers, the Manhattan sports and entertainment complex, and the vice chairman of Human Rights First, a watchdog group.

Bernstein co-owned the Texas Rangers baseball team with George W. Bush in the early 1990s and supported Bush’s campaigns for the presidency in 2000 and 2004.

Bernstein was among a small group of big-name Republican donors who switched parties to support Obama after he announced his candidacy in 2007. Obama first named him chairman in 2010.

Obama named as vice-chairman of the council, which administers the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Allan Holt, a senior partner at The Carlyle Group, a major lobbying shop. Holt had been named to the council board in 2014.

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