Malik and Alcalde both have ties to Young. Malik and his casino development partners (members of Detroit's Ilitch family) have been among the Alaska Congressman's top political donors; and Malik's flown Young around on the Ilitch private jet.
Young has helped Malik and the Ilitch family advance casino gambling ventures in Congress. Malik retained Richard Alcalde after a previous lobbyist, Barbara Bonfiglio, came under negative scrutiny.
The Hill reports:
"In April, a casino developer behind the push to settle the land claims through an act of Congress hired Rick Alcalde, a lobbyist implicated in the uproar over a disputed $10 million earmark sponsored by Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) for an interchange at Coconut Road along Interstate 75 in Florida.
"MJM Enterprises, a company owned by Mike Malik, a casino developer who wants the land disputes settled so he can build a casino in Port Huron, Mich., hired Alcalde in the middle of a public call for a DoJ investigation into the Coconut Road earmark that was taking place in the Senate, lobbying records show.
"Alcalde is one of Young’s group of “A-list” lobbyists, on which The Hill reported in Thursday’s issue."