A publication of Work On Waste USA, Inc., 82 Judson, Canton, NY 13617 315-379-9200 December 12, 1991


How WESTINGHOUSE helped convince county
residents to approve a $500 million bond issue to build
“...In the weeks before the Nov. 5 election, when it appeared the $500 million
solid-waste bond proposal might be defeated, international companies,
national law firms and others contributed almost $250,000 to a
committee formed BR>

only to sell the plan to county residents. In fact, not a
single contribution to the committee was made that did not have corporate
connections, according to campaign records. The push paid off. The

bond issue was approved by 257 votes out of 141,703 cast...”
The Oakland Press, 12-8-91.

Westinghouse created the “Committee for Responsible Solid Waste Management”

to urge residents to vote for the $500 million referendum bond issue to help build their incinerator.

Funds for the “Committee for Responsible

Solid Waste Management” came from:

(As reported to the MI Bureau of Elections, I.D. #90232. Statement covers Oct 21-Nov. 27)

Name of Contributor Contribution_____Incinerator Connection_

Westinghouse Electric Corp. $ 205,100 To build & operate 2000 tpd 2400 Ardmore Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 27,246 - staff help incinerator in Oakland County.

15,000 - Loan_________________________________

Waste Management of North America 20,000 Under contract with county to

17250 Newburgh Rd, Livonia, MI provide more than 100 acres at Eagle Valley landfill.______

Shearson Lehman Bros., New York 7,500 Broker for bonds.___________

Kidder Peabody, New York 5,000_________________________________________

Winston & Strawn, Washington, DC 5,000 Project Manager for incin.____

Dickinson, Wright, Moon, VanDusen & 2,500 Legal advisor to county in its

Freeman, 800 First National Bldg, Detroit. long-range trash plan.________

Camp, Dresser & McKee 2,000 Health Risk Assessment.

Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI Project Engineer to county.

Alexander Hamilton Life 1,000

33045 Hamilton Blvd, Farmington Hills, MI _____________________

Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone Law firm that frequently

*See partners below who contributed a total of 1,500 represents Oakland County.__

GRAND TOTAL: $ 276,846

* The following partners in Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone each contributed $100 each: George DeClaire, Boca Raton, FL; John W. Gelder, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Leonard Givens, Troy, MI; David D. Joswick, Birmingham, MI; Daniel L. Dament, Kalamazoo, MI; W. Mack Faison, Detroit, MI; Robert E. Gilbert, Ann Arbor, MI; Wolfgang Hoppe, Ann Arbor, MI; Thomas P. Hustoles, Kalamazoo, MI: Michael Limauso, Novi, MI; Rocque C. Lipford, Monroe, MI; Kevin M. McCarthy, Kalamazoo, MI; Karen A. McCoy, Pleasant Ridge, MI; John A. Marxer, Bloomfield Hills, MI; and Henry R. Nolte, Bloomfield Hills, MI.

Itemized expenditures for Money spent by the

Committee for Responsible Waste Management:


Cherry Communications Telemarketing $ 10,000

309 NE 39th, Gainesville, FL______________________________________________________________

Pontiac Mailing * Mail Service 4,535.30

26217 Pontiac Lake, Pontiac, MI ___________________________________________________

U.S. Post Office * Postage 37,978.21

Royal Oak, MI__________________________________________________________________________

Mitchell Research & Communications Polling/Consulting ** 160,181.10

211 Evergreen, E. Lansing, MI Print/Design________________________________________

Telemarketing USA Telemarketing 43,258.00

PO Box 4066, E. Lansing, MI______________________________________________________________

Practical Political Consultants * Labels 9,873.76

PO Box 6245, E. Lansing, MI______________________________________________________________

Creative Media * Radio/TV Ad Buys 101,948.00

5000 Northwind, E.Lansing, MI____________________________________________________________

* Mitchell Research & Communications paid for these services.

** THE PUBLIC RELATIONS FIRM THAT RAN WESTINGHOUSE’S FRONT GROUP: “Steven Mitchell, of Mitchell Research & Communications of East Lansing, obtained a contract for his firm to direct the public relations campaign. Mitchell served as chief consultant for the campaign, sending out mailings and buying radio and television spots. Citizens groups that opposed the bond issued complained that there was little information on the literature to show who was paying for the campaign. And the East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC) was angry when Mitchell listed them on the literature as supporting the county’s trash plan. ‘There was no accident here,’ said Elizabeth Harris, EMEAC executive director in a letter to council members Nov. 14. ‘The committee’s paid PR man was told before the first set of brochures went out that there was no possible way that EMEAC would endorse the bond.’ Westinghouse apologized for the false endorsement and said it was ‘a mistake.’ Mitchell, also acted as treasurer of the committee, and paid his own firm $160,000. Much of that money went for mailing and advertising and not into his firm...The decision to let him act both as treasurer and chief consultant was made by Westinghouse, he said, as a matter of convenience...” The Oakland Press, 12-8-91.

NEW YORK: RESIDENTS OF OYSTER BAY, LONG ISLAND, VOTED OUT PRO-INCINERATOR TOWN SUPERVISOR ON NOV. 5TH. LAME-DUCK TOWN BOARD CANCELS A PROPOSED 1,060 TPD AMERICAN REF FUEL INCINERATOR. ““The lame-duck Republican town government in Oyster Bay today [Dec. 17] canceled a $150 million garbage incinerator that it had championed for years, amid growing public opposition...The unexpected 5 to 2 vote came at the last scheduled town board meeting of the year...[Town Supervisor Angelo Delligatti], who led the fight for the incinerator over the years and continued to press for it during his re-election campaign, voted with the majority to kill it today, saying that the plant might no longer be necessary. ‘Over the last few years conditions have changed substantially,’ he said. ‘Our recycling program has worked far beyond what we believed possible’...During the campaign, Mr. Delligatti’s victorious Democratic opponent Assemblyman Lewis J. Yevoli, had called for the cancellation of the incinerator plan and pledged to use his administrative powers to block it if the town board did not go along...’It is unfortunate,’ Mr. Yevoli said, ‘that only after a devastating vote by the electorate against this incinerator town officials finally came to the conclusion that a majority of town residents reached a long time ago’...” New York Times, page B-5, 12-18-91.

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