Friday, June 27, 2008

These D.C. lobbyists behind the Malik/Ilitch backed Port Huron Casino

According to the U.S. Senate Office of Public Records the following Washington D.C. lobbying firms have been retained by the Bay Mills Indian Community and its partners. Most of these firms were retained to push H.R. 2176 and plans for the Bay Mills Indian Community (backed by casino syndicator Michael J. Malik, Sr. and members of Detroit's Ilitch family) to build an off-reservation casino in Port Huron, Michigan:

@ Akerman Senterfitt
Joe Findaro

@ Alexander J. Beckles, LLC
Alexander J. Beckles

@ Cornerstone Government Affairs, LLC
John Crumbliss
Daniel Fleming
Geoff Gonella
Campbell Kaufman
John Keast
Louie Perry
James Richards
Mark Rokala
Amy Ford Souders
Timothy Sanders

@ Drinker Biddle & Reath
Virginia Boylan

@ Franklin Creek Consulting
Tom Brierton

@ Ghazal & Associates, LLC
Jay C. Ghazal

@ Patton Boggs LLP
Lawrence Roberts
Thomas McReynolds
Heather Sibbison

@ Potomac Partners DC
Rick Alcalde
Dan Feliz (Daniel Feliz)

@ Wheat Government Relations
Alan Wheat
Amanda Fein
Annie Minguez
Julie Shroyer

@ Zell & Cox Law, P.C.
Patricia M. Zell

Casino syndicator Michael Malik and Mrs. Marian Ilitch (she owns Detroit’s MotorCity Casino; her husband Mike Ilitch owns the Detroit Tigers; they own the Detroit Red Wings and Little Caesars Pizza) have been behind efforts to develop a casino with the Bay Mills tribe for more than a decade.

Known lobbying “clients” include: Bay Mills Indian Community, MJM Enterprises or MJM Enterprises & Development (Malik), Blue Water Resorts (Malik) and Wheat Government Relations.

Originally posted 6.10.08 and revised on 6.21.08.

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