Follow the Money

 Finance records of former Bridgeton Mayor Conrad Bowers reveal that his campaign received a $1,000 contribution from Republic Services in 2011. 

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Republic Services, the owner of the troubled West Lake Landfill, donated $1,000 to Bridgeton Mayor Conrad Bowers’ reelection campaign in 2011, according to records on file at the St. Louis County Election Commission offices in Maplewood, Mo.

The Bowers for Bridgeton campaign fund received the contribution on Feb. 24, 2011, according to the Missouri Ethics Commission report.

Candidates for smaller municipal offices are allowed to file handwritten contribution reports and therefore the records are not available online.

Bowers, who served as mayor for 28 years, declined to run again last year. During his tenure opposed residents efforts to expedite the EPA’s long-long delayed clean up of the landfill.

The West Lake Landfill Superfund site is contaminated with radioactive waste from nuclear weapons production. There is also an underground fire burning at the site.

Republic Services, the owner of the landfill, has a history of donating large sums to local and state politicians.

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