Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

McCain’s Top Adviser Lobbied AGAINST Terrorist Gun Ban

If this isn’t the type of issue to McCain on, then I don’t know what is. Via TPM, McCain’s chief foreign policy adviser Randy Scheunemann (you know, the one who was on the payroll of Georgia), actually lobbied AGAINST a bill that would close a loophole allowing those on the terrorist watch-list from buying guns.

Newsweek reports that, according to registration documents filed by Scheuenemann’s lobbying firm, Orion Strategies, Scheunemann lobbied on behalf of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) against a bill that aims to close a gun-control loophole that inhibits the government from stopping people on terrorist watch-lists from buying guns. According to Newsweek, “the bill was inspired by an official audit covering a five-month period in 2004 which found that, because of the loophole, the Feds had to greenlight 35 out of 44 cases where a gun buyer was on a terrorist watch list.”

Again, to make this crystal clear: John McCain’s top foreign policy adviser lobbied against a bill that would prevent terrorists from buying guns.

The bill, which is backed by the Bush Justice Department, was introduced last year by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), but has been held up in committee. It has since faced stiff opposition from the gun lobby, an aide to Lautenberg told TPMmuckraker, and has yet to come to a vote.

According to lobby disclosure reports, Scheunemann’s firm was paid $120,000 by NSSF in 2007, and another $60,000 so far this year. Scheunemann himself took a leave of absence from the firm earlier this year to work on McCain’s campaign.

Sen. McCain has not taken a position on the bill. His campaign would not tell Newsweek whether he supports it, or whether Scheunemann had ever lobbied McCain on gun-control issues.

This is really simple folks, the main guy advising McCain on international affairs (which presumably includes terrorism issues), was paid to stop a bill that might prevent terrorists from buying weapons. Can you even FATHOM what the GOP would do if this were a Democrat?

I could analyze it every which way, but it’s pretty much as simple as running an ad with a script similar to this:

“Why was John McCain’s top adviser paid to allow terrorists to buy guns? And what does it say about John McCain that he hired this man? John McCain claims to be tough on terrorism, but at the end of the day puts lobbyists first.”

This is the type of issue that the blogosphere was made to raise the visibility of so that hopefully someone on the campaign takes notice.

Obama camp, this is a gift that fell into your lap. Use it.


August 26, 2008 - Posted by | foreign policy, Uncategorized | , , , ,


  1. wow.

    Comment by greengrrl | August 26, 2008 | Reply

  2. And yet the MSM lets him get away with this crap? That’s ok because they are in for a rude awakening come November. This is the only site I come to and find stories like this about McSurge.

    Comment by trellskig | August 27, 2008 | Reply

  3. Okay Obama – I can tell exactly which articles in this blog have been written by YOUR PEOPLE.

    Here is my answer to you and your people:

    You are the first candidate the U.S. has had in a long time that has continued to spread false information from the first time you hit the campaign trail.

    I find your technique one of the most offensive I have ever experienced. I find your ethics are on the border of being unethical and your manipulation of the facts most disgusting.

    It is common knowledge that the media will always press United States citizens to vote for the candidate who offers them the biggest kick-backs, pay-backs, and over-all “favors”. That is you, Obama.

    Then look at your over all personas: Your stance, the way you hold your head, your gestures, the clothes you wear, the pronouns and adjectives you use. Everything about you is the personification of an individual, who does NOT, let me repeat DOES NOT, have the United States citizens interests’ at heart. You are an elitist and the persona I just described is living proof — your entire appearance is proof — FACT — of what I say.

    Okay – now let’s talk about education. You have a law degree but did not practice law. Why? Readers – look this one up and you will see why. And, the result is not a positive one.

    Then there is the community organizer work you undertook in the state of Illinois. That, too, has been overstated and turned into something “positive” that it in fact was NOT. Dear readers – check this one out yourself as there are many Illinois citizens who will tell you the “truth.”

    My education – NOBAMA – is equal to or greater than your education. I do have the same ability as you to influence U.S. Citizens: And I certainly am taking the opportunity to exploit you for what you truly are.

    You see I am an educator, who works for a famous “Research One” institution, who has the ability to write Journal Articles that all college students will use for research. The true facts about you will come out and in a place that will most definitely do the most good – to influence voters “young voters” on how to spot an individual who does not represent the United States in the capacity as he states he will. Make no mistake, Obama, people will definitely know the subject of the Journal Articles is referencing you and your 2008 Presidential campaign.

    See you in “honest” fact-finding print.

    Comment by Versailles | October 4, 2008 | Reply

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