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Obama Fundraiser Turned Ambassador Was Largely Absent From Bahamas Post


As first reported by Josh Rogin, the report found that Avant was absent from the embassy for 276 days from Sept. 2009 through last November. That number included 102 "personal" days and 77 "work travel" days, but just 23 were on official orders.

Inspectors also found that many of the cables written in the past year "show little political reporting or analysis on international crime, drug smuggling, and illegal migration or on prevention of terrorism."

On the bright side, the report did find that Avant "has been active in promoting business education and development and "invited a music industry executive and former basketball player Magic Johnson to the Bahamas to speak to the Bahamian Chamber of Commerce."

Rogin notes that Avant has been active on the campaign trail since she resigned, joining Michelle Obama on Jan. 31 at a Beverly Hills residence "for a fundraiser along with her husband, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Saranados, and Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steve Bing, Quincy Jones, Harvey Weinstein, and other celebrities." She also attended a $35,800 per plate dinner on Feb. 15 with celebrities like George Clooney and James Belushi.