From 2003-2006 members of Detroit's poweful Ilitch Family and their associate Michael J. Malik, the people behind the Port Huron scheme and various other off-reservation Indian casino proposals from coast to coast, ramped up their federal political contributions possibly as much as 2000% and invested several million in Capitol Hill Lobbyists.
On Valentine's Day shortly after the 110th Congress covened, the Port Huron Times Herald reported the following in an article updating the progress of the Ilitch/Malik backed Port Huron casino proposal:
"The deal still requires congressional approval, but several attempts to obtain it have been blocked. Stabenow introduced a measure five years ago that was stymied by U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.
"Tom Shields, a spokesman for casino developer Mike Malik, said he has been told Reid, who became Senate majority leader last month, has dropped his opposition. Shields also noted Stabenow, who won a second term in 2006, has gained political clout with the Democratic takeover of Congress."