Sunday, August 03, 2008

Ilitch casino partner committed perjury failing to report political contributions

The casino partner of Detroit businesswoman Marian Ilitch filed fraudulent political campaign finance disclosures in California and failed to report numerous political contributions totaling more than $20,000.

In January 2007, Michael J. Malik, Sr., (Mike Malik) filed a campaign finance disclosure statement with California's Secretary of State as required of all "Major Donors" under state law. Malik represents in that statement, signed under penalty of perjury, that he made no political contributions in California during the second half of 2006. TVT has learned that's simply not true.

A review of other information on file with the Secretary of State reveals various political committees in California actually received more than $20,000 directly from Malik between 7.01.06 and 12.31.06.

Malik failed to disclose those contributions as required of "Major Donors" at various times during the 2006 election season. And then, as referenced above, Malik submitted a semi-annual "Major Donor" statement on 1.30.07 representing he had made no political contributions during the second half of 2006.

It would appear Malik committed perjury and possibly fraud in knowingly filing the false disclosure statement on 1.30.07.

Ilitch is the owner of Detroit's MotorCity Casino and co-owner 0f the Detroit Red Wings and Little Caesars Pizza. Her husband Mike Ilitch owns the Detroit Tigers. Marian Ilitch is vice chair of Ilitch Holdings, Inc. For more than a decade, she and Malik have partnered on various casino projects in California, Hawaii, Michigan and New York. While spokespersons indicate Malik is not an employee of Ilitch Holdings, Inc., or any of its affiliates, his business offices are located within the executive suite of offices at Ilitch Holdings.

California's Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) is reportedly investigating circumstances surrounding political contributions and lobbying payments made by Malik and other Ilitch/Malik affiliates. BarWest, LLC, an Ilitch/Malik casino affiliate, was fined in 2006 on two counts of violating California election law when they failed to report a $26,600 contribution made in 2004.

Michael Malik and lobbyists for various Ilitch/Malik casino related affiliates find themselves at the center of various well-publicized political scandals and investigations involving Rep. Don Young (R-AK), former Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA) and others.

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