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REPORT: Responsible Solutions PAC got involved in Pennsylvania election where landfill took center stage

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A political action committee (PAC) named Responsible Solutions, based in Westchester County, New York, extended its campaign efforts beyond elections around Seneca Meadows Landfill in Seneca County, reaching into Pennsylvania politics.

The Finger Lakes Times reports that the PAC, which supported Republican candidates, actively campaigned in the Pennsylvania town of Lower Saucon, distributing glossy flyers to advocate for the GOP slate for Town Council positions.

Finger Lakes Partners (Billboard)

Despite these efforts, all three Republican candidates were defeated by Democrats in the November 7 election. The Democratic candidates were notably opposed to the Bethlehem Landfill in Pennsylvania.

It was revealed that the PAC spent substantial amounts, reported to be “tens of thousands of dollars,” on campaign materials in support of the Republican candidates. These efforts mirrored the PAC’s activities in Seneca Falls under the banner of Responsible Solutions for New York.

Interestingly, the chairperson of Responsible Solutions is also a governmental affairs manager for Waste Connections of Texas, the parent company of both the Bethlehem Landfill in Pennsylvania and the Seneca Meadows Landfill in Seneca Falls.

According to public finance filings, Responsible Solutions paid over $26,000 to Fulcrum Campaign Strategies of Tampa, Florida, for producing and distributing the campaign materials in Lower Saucon. The flyers warned voters about potential tax increases and cuts in emergency services if the Bethlehem Landfill were to close and if they did not vote for the Republican candidates.