Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Ilitch and partner contributed to Rep. Rangel then hired his aide as a lobbyist

Todd Spangler at the The Detroit Free Press previously reported:

    The Ilitches and Malik have contributed more than $30,000 to Charles B. Rangel, a New York Democrat, or his leadership PAC.

    Although he doesn't sit on any of the committees tied to Indian gaming, Rangel, chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, could be critical to getting federal recognition for the Shinnecock tribe, which in turn could help them get the Long Island casino Malik and Ilitch want.
Spangler's references are to Mike and Marian Ilitch (they co-founded Little Ceasars Pizza, he owns the Detroit Tigers and she owns MotorCity Casino); and Michael J. Malik, Sr., their casino syndication and development partner.

Nearly half the $30,000 Spangler references was paid by the Detroit trio to Rangel's campaign on 8.23.07, the same day some of the biggest most influential PACs in Washington D.C. gave tens of thousands to Rangel too; among those, the Major League Baseball Commissioner's Office PAC to which Mr. & Mrs. Ilitch are also contributors.

Then shortly after making those most recent contributions to Rangel, several entities that are Ilitch/Malik casino development affiliates or partners added a new lobbyist to their roster, Annie Minguez who landed at Wheat Government Relations (Wheat GR).

Minguez represented these clients for four consecutive reporting periods when Wheat GR finally disclosed in 3rd Quarter '08 reports that Minguez had a previous "Covered Official Position." Minguez, they reported, was Rep. Rangel's former "Legislative Assistant." In fact, Rangel references Minguez as his "personal assistant" in the 2007 published memoir, "And I haven't had a bad day since."

Annie Minguez is a lobbyist for these clients:
A fifth Ilitch/Malik affiliate, Barwest LLC, retains Wheat Government Relations, but Minguez is not a registered Barwest lobbyist.

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