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Randy Scheunemann, McCain's senior foreign policy adviser, has close business ties to crooked lobbyist Stephen Payne, despite the McCain campaign's statements (and omissions) to the contrary, as reported by Lindsay Beyerstein.

McCain's senior foreign policy and national security adviser, Randy Scheunemann, is listed as a member of Worldwide Strategic Energy's executive team in a pre-prospectus obtained by Majikthise.

This document was circulated to prospective investors in 2007, according to the source who provided the document.

McCain's campaign had this to say on Monday (the above article was published Sunday):

On Monday, the McCain campaign said that from 2002 to 2006, Scheunemann periodically engaged in consulting relationships with the two companies [Worldwide Strategic Partners and Caspian Alliance] and that Scheunemann was never on the payroll of either firm, but that he was an occasional outside expert consultant.

Scheunemann did not lobby on any specific legislation on behalf of Worldwide Strategic Partners, said McCain campaign spokesman Brian Rogers.

Read all three [1, 2, 3] of Lindsay's posts on the subject for the full story.

[Update: Added emphasis to point out the campaign's wafer-thin claim to plausible deniability.]