Sunday, November 09, 2008

Ilitch Holdings VP Failed to Disclose his Employer on Lobbying Registrations

Michael D. McLauchlan joined Ilitch Holdings, Inc. in May as Vice President of Government Relations. (Press Release). According to the Michigan Secretary of State's Web site he is registered in Lansing as a "lobbyist agent" which is defined as "a person (an individual or firm) that receives compensation or reimbursement in excess of the current threshold for lobbying on behalf of employers or clients."

Since joining Ilitch Holdings, McLauchlan has updated the mailing and business addresses on his lobbyist registration forms to reflect that consistent with the address of Ilitch Holdings, Inc. at the Fox Office Center, 2211 Woodward Ave. in Detroit. BUT, according to records available for review online, McLauchlan failed to report the name of his new "employer" when he updated the other details. His records currently read "No Employers on file."

Ilitch Holdings, Inc. provides technical and professional services to some well recognized brand companies owned by Michael and/or Marian Ilitch. The Ilitch companies in the food, sports and entertainment industries include: Little CaesarsPizza, Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, the Detroit Red Wings, OlympiaEntertainment, Olympia Development, Little Caesars Pizza Kits FundraisingProgram, Champion Foods and Uptown Entertainment. Michael Ilitch owns the Detroit Tigers. Marian Ilitch is the sole owner of the MotorCity CasinoHotel.

Two Ilitch affiliates have maintained seperate lobbying registrations: Detroit Tigers, Inc. and Detroit Entertainment LLC (of which MotorCity Casino is a d/b/a). Neither of those entities notes any relationship with McLauchlan. A third Ilitch affiliate, Little Ceasars Enterprises Inc. terminated a previous lobbying registration.

Michigan Secretary of State's Searchable Database: Lobbying/Lobbyists

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