Of course it’s a matter of supply and demand. The cost of an ambassadorship in a nice peaceful European country where there are lots of cocktail parties and relatively few civil insurrections garners top dollar. The ambassadorships in places like Burkina Faso and Paupa New Guinea tend to go for a song. In fact the State Department often has to pay people to be ambassadors in those countries.
(From The Sunlight Foundation)
Among a list of nominations the president sent the Senate on Monday are five would-be ambassadors who didn’t get a vote before Congress left town for the holidays. All are major underwriters of Democratic candidates and causes and, according to a list compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, bundlers for the Obama campaign.