Randy Scheunemann

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<youtube size="tiny" align="right" caption="Real News: Who is Randy Scheunemann?">GLHRVPFw0-Y</youtube>Randy Scheunemann is a neoconservative American lobbyist who served as foreign policy advisor to former presidential candidate John McCain. Scheunemann was the President of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq (created by the Project for the New American Century) which was pivotal in building support for the American invasion of Iraq.[1] He was the foreign policy/intelligence advisor to Senate Majority leader, Trent Lott[2], and worked as an advisor to US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on Iraq.[3]


Scheunemann heads and has founded several PR/lobbying firms. In 2001, Scheunemann founded Orion Strategies, which currently advises Sarah Palin's PNAC.[3] He also founded and heads Scheunemann & Associates, another lobbying firm which has represented the American Rifle Association and the Caspian Alliance, a group of oil and gas-producing nations from the Caspian region. Scheunemann has worked as a lobbyist for foreign governments as a “registered foreign agent” and reportedly advised foreign governments while working for McCain's presidential campaign.[4]

Advisor to Sarah Palin

Scheunemann reportedly drafted Palin's first major foreign policy speech.[5] and:

FEC records indicate that Palin's political action committee, SarahPAC, is paying Scheunemann's Virginia-based Orion Strategies $10,000 per month and has expended $90,000 to date for his services.[3]




  1. Jim Lobe & Michael Flynn 'The Rise and Decline of the Neoconservatives', Right Web 16 November 2006.
  2. SOPR Web, "Lobbying Registration", Lobbying Disclosure Electronic Filing System, accessed on 10 September 2010
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Geoffrey Dunn, [Palin Advisor Is a Former BP Lobbyist & Foreign Agen "Palin Advisor Is a Former BP Lobbyist & Foreign Agent"], Huffington Post, 10 September 2010
  4. 'Profile: Randy Scheunemann', Right Web, accessed 19 July 2010.
  5. Ben Smith, "Scheunemann advising Palin for 'wide-ranging' Hong Kong talk", Politico, 22 September 2009

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