Worldwide Strategic Partners

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Worldwide Strategic Partners (WSP) is a lobbying firm owned by Stephen Payne.

On its website, WSP states that as part of its services it can "facilitate diplomatic and commercial communication between the United States government and commercial interests abroad for international energy projects."[1]

On its website the company stated that the firm was "founded in 2001 to provide international business development consulting at home, here in the United States, and abroad. Our primary focus revolves around domestic and international governmental relations and energy development."[2]

In July 2008, Payne was filmed in a video sting operation organized by the Sunday Times of London, in which he promised to arrange meetings with officials in the Bush administration in exchange for a fee of $600,000 to $750,000, of which $200-250,000 would be given as a donation to the George W. Bush Presidential Library.[3]


Staff and consultants with WSP include:[4]

  • Major General Lincoln Jones, III (USA Ret.), Chairman, Advisory Board for Worldwide Strategic Energy and Chairman of Worldwide Strategic Partners, Inc.
  • Dick Westfahl, Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations of Worldwide Strategic Partners, Inc.
  • Brian Ettinger, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Worldwide Strategic Partners, Inc. and Worldwide Strategic Energy
  • Stephen P. Payne, President of Worldwide Strategic Partners, Inc., President of WSE Governmental Affairs
  • Gary M. Polland, Consultant to Worldwide Strategic Partners, Inc.
  • Jim Arnold, Consultant to Worldwide Strategic Partners, Inc.

Contact details

5847 San Felipe
Suite 3275
Houston, Texas 77057
Phone: (713) 783-7783
Fax: (713) 952-1110


  1. Worldwide Strategic Partners, "Services", Worldwide Strategic Partners website, accessed July 2008. (Cached page)
  2. Worldwide Strategic Partners, "About Us", Worldwide Strategic Partners website, accessed July 2008. (cached page).
  3. Daniel Foggo and Steven Swinford, "Stephen Payne: a hotshot lobbyist who can get you into White House," Times (UK), July 13, 2008.
  4. "Washington, D.C.'s Nuclear Solutions, Inc. Retains Worldwide Strategic Partners, Inc. -- Augments Green Fuel Project Development Team (11831)", Manufacturing and Technology eJournal, undated, accessed July 2008.

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