MWW is used to reveal price of Vieques governor's lobby effort

WASHINGTON: MWW was caught in an unusual role in the recent

controversy surrounding the Puerto Rican island of Vieques, currently

used as a bombing range by the US Navy.



Kenneth McClintock, Puerto Rican Senate minority leader and spokesman

for the New Progressive Party, recruited the firm to publicize documents

he had showing how much money Governor Sila Calderon was spending on DC

lobbyists.



The money, which included about dollars 500,000 for Winston & Strawn,

dollars 300,000 for Covington & Burling and dollars 250,000 for BKSH &

Associates, was spent as part of Calderon's effort to stop the navy from

bombing the island and to find another range. McClintock, who supports

the Navy's abandonment of the site, nonetheless felt the money spent was

"excessive."



According to EVP Bob Sommer, MWW simply "arranged meetings for

(McClintock) in Washington with key influencers." Sommer added that

McClintock paid for MWW's services through his own campaign funds and

not through the Puerto Rican government.



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