Obama Selects Portman Supporter for VA Head
Posted at 9:07 a.m. on June 30
President Obama has selected a former CEO of Procter & Gamble Company and financial supporter of Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, to be the next Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Obama selected Robert McDonald, who retired from Procter and Gamble in 2013, to fill the position left vacant by the resignation of former four-star General Eric Shinseki.
McDonald, 61, a West Point graduate and five-year Army veteran, has not been a regular Republican donor over the years, but he and his wife have given to Sen. Rob Portman. On January 13, 2012, McDonald and his wife, Diane, each gave $5,000 to Portman’s leadership PAC, Promoting Our Republican Team PAC. McDonald also gave $2,400 to Portman for Senate in 2009, and $1,000 in October 2013.
In February 2014, McDonald gave $500 to Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont.
McDonald also gave $5,000 in 2012 to the presidential campaign of Republican Mitt Romney. In 2012, McDonald gave $2,500 to the campaign of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and $1,000 more in July 2013.
Earlier, McDonald gave $1,000 in 2003 to Rep. Geoff Davis, R-Ky., and another $1,000 in 2005.
McDonald has also given to Procter & Gamble’s Good Government Committee.
McDonald lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.