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
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
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.