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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

McCain Foreign Policy and Lobbyists

Hi Everyone,

We've been getting into some heated debates about the Russian invasion of Georgia and whether some of it has included hints and accusations that some of us are not entirely objective - favoring either Georgia or Russia out of emotional connections.  But these supposed biases are debatable and in the grand scheme of things, it really doesn't matter if someone on a blog (even a great blog like ours!) isn't entirely objective and clear headed on some issue.  

That's not true about a President however.  I found a link to this Washington Post article on Daily Kos.  In it, they detail how one of McCain's key foreign policy aids owns a lobbying company that just took $200,000 from the government of Georgia to lobby on their behalf on Capitol Hill.  This might explain why McCain has been somewhat more hawkish in his response to the Russian invasion of Georgia than either the Bush administration, NATO or the Obama campaign.  

The most damning part, I think is this:

"For months while McCain's presidential campaign was gearing up, Scheunemann held dual roles, advising the candidate on foreign policy while working as Georgia's lobbyist. Between Jan. 1, 2007, and May 15, 2008, the campaign paid Scheunemann nearly $70,000 to provide foreign policy advice. During the same period, the government of Georgia paid his firm $290,000 in lobbying fees."


The Law Talking Guy said...

That much cash would explain why McCain is hearing from his aid that this Georgian crisis is like the Sudentenland all over again. It's McCain's lack of foreign policy understanding that explains why he is dumb enough to believe it. He really is trapped in Vietnam.

Raised By Republicans said...

"McCain's lack of foreign policy understanding "

But LTG, he was a POW! That's way more important than being edumacated or sumthin.

USwest said...

It also so shows that Mr "I don't play with lobbyists" actually does.