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controversial Detroit wheeler-dealer Michael Malik
- Assemblyman Edward C. Braunstein
- Senator Craig M. Johnson (ret.)
- Senator Jeffrey D. Klein
During the 2010 election, voters and the media turned up the heat questioning the motivations of US Rep. Tim Bishop and called upon him to also reject Malik’s bankroll.
To quiet things down, Bishop indicated he would consider and then might return Malik’s money. He didn’t!
In fact, on March 31, 2011, Rep. Bishop banked another $2,500 from his pal Malik. Bishop has also publicly endorsed Malik’s schemes to use the Shinnecock Indians to establish casinos Malik will run nearest to the New York City/Manhattan marketplace.
Malik a Detroit-area native, can not get a gaming license in Michigan. Since 1999, despite several attempts, Malik has failed to get a license from the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB). His schemes for New York won't require him to get a gaming license from the State.
Malik and fellow Detroiter Marian Ilitch (Mrs. Mike Ilitch: Detroit Tigers, Red Wings, Little Caesars pizza) are business partners. He shares office space alongside hers in the executive suites at Ilitch Holdings, Inc. But, he's not an Ilitch "employee." If he was, his tactics -- sometimes illegal, and often borderline unethical behavior -- would become an issue for the Family's businesses. Think of Malik as the black hat, bag man, to Marian's white hat.