Sunday, November 30, 2008

Casino backers have given more than $40k to Rep. Bart Stupak

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI 1st) has authored various bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would ultimately allow the Bay Mills Indian Community and its financial backers to build a casino in Port Huron, Michigan. That tribe already has two casinos on its reservation in Northern Michigan.

During the 110th Congress Stupak authored H.R. 2176 (Related Bills: H.RES.1298, H.R.3048, H.R.4115) which was approved by the House Natural Resources Committee in February 2008 but was defeated overwhelmingly in a vote of the full House in June 2008.

Casino syndicator Michael J. Malik, Sr., and members of Detroit's Ilitch family (they own the Detroit Red Wings, Little Caesars Pizza, Detroit Tigers and MotorCity Casino) are behind the scheme to develop a Port Huron casino.

Several D.C. lobbying firms including Wheat Government Relations (Alan Wheat, Julie Shroyer and others) and Potomac Partners DC (Richard Alcalde & Daniel Feliz) have been retained by their affiliates and partners (Bay Mills Indian Community, MJM Enterprises, Blue Water Resorts).

Collectively they have contributed at least $39,900 to Stupak's political committees. They've raised thousand more for Stupak via business associates, vendors, attorneys, consultants and other friends. (See Contributions Details)

A report available at indicates that Stupak also received another $3,500 directly from the Bay Mills Indian Community. Because generally federal political contributions are restricted to individuals and most data base tracking services are not set up to track contributions from organizations, it is often difficult to track contributions from Indian tribes. Tribes are exempt from the rules that apply to most other organizations and corporations.

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