Scheunemann’s Georgian Bucks

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"Scheunemann’s Georgian Bucks"


The Washington Post takes a look at McCain advisor Randy Scheunemann’s lobbying work on behalf of Tblisi:

Sen. John McCain’s top foreign policy adviser prepped his boss for an April 17 phone call with the president of Georgia and then helped the presumptive Republican presidential nominee prepare a strong statement of support for the fledgling republic.

The day of the call, a lobbying firm partly owned by the adviser, Randy Scheunemann, signed a $200,000 contract to continue providing strategic advice to the Georgian government in Washington.

If it were actually the case that we are all Georgians this would obviously be no big deal, but in the real world it’s a bit of an issue when an influential member of a major presidential campaign is an agent of a foreign government. Georgia’s position in the current conflict is certainly a sympathetic one, but it’s absolutely crucial to keep the scope and nature of America’s genuine interests at stake, something that can be difficult to do with hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake. Similarly, it’s crucial to keep the moral stakes in perspective — recalling that this is a fight over land not ideology and a fight the Georgians unwisely chose to pick — which, again, can be hard to do with hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake.

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