Monday, July 21, 2008

Key McCain campaign adviser linked to Bush influence peddling scandal

John McCain’s foreign policy advisor Randy Scheunemann has been linked to the expanding influence peddling scandal linked to fundraising for the Bush presidential library in Dallas, Texas. Who is Scheunemann?
Scheunemann is a longtime neoconservative activist and lobbyist. In addition to working for the government of Georgia [in the former Soviet Union], Scheunemann was was the director of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, a neocon front group spun off from the Project for the New American Century (where Scheunemann also works as a foreign policy and national security analyst) which lobbied for the invasion of Iraq. Scheunemann’s firm, Scheunemann and Associates, also lobbied for the National Rifle Association between 1999 and 2002.[1]
What is Scheunemann's link to the influence peddling scandal that is breaking around the Bush library?
In a further link, Randy Scheunemann, chief foreign policy and national security adviser to John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate, was listed in the WSE brochure as part of its executive team. Scheunemann and Associates, his lobbying firm, is reported as having represented the Caspian Alliance in 2005.

At the undercover meeting last week, Payne said Scheunemann had been "working with me on my payroll for five of the last eight years." When confronted over the link to KMG, Payne declined to comment.[2]
For a more complete update on this developing story, visit The Sunday Times.

This story has not received a lot of coverage in the United States so far, but that could change soon: Congressman Henry Waxman has begun an investigation of the Bush administration's influence peddling. You can see a copy of the letter that Henry Waxman sent Stephen Payne here.

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