Another McCain Lobbying Controversy

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A top foreign policy adviser to John McCain has lobbied on behalf of a long-time GOP fund-raiser caught up in a controversy over whether he sought to sell access to the Bush White House.

According to records on file with Congress, Randy Scheunemann lobbied the House and Senate, the State Department and the National Security Council on behalf of two of Stephen Payne's companies.

Earlier this month, the Sunday Times of London published an article and released a videotape in which Payne suggested to a politician from Kazakhstan that he could help arrange meetings with top Bush administration officials. A contribution to the Bush library was suggested.

The McCain campaign said Scheunemann did not lobby on any specific legislation on behalf of either company.

Payne says he did nothing wrong.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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