Thursday, December 01, 2011

Marketing Resource Group: the Tom Shields-owned Political/PR Firm is a Slave to Ilitch/Malik Affiliates

Tom Shields founded Marketing Resource Group (MRG), a Lansing, Michigan-based political marketing and public relations firm, in 1979. The firm is closely identified with Republican interests but overriding that are the interests of Detroit’s Ilitch Family and their associate Michael J. Malik, Sr.

Mike & Marian Ilitch appear annually on Forbe’s list of 400 Richest Americans. Currently Forbes estimate’s their net worth at $2 billion. The Ilitches are co-founders of Little Caesars pizza. He owns the Detroit Tigers MLB franchise and she owns MotorCity Casino. Together they own the Detroit Red Wings NHL franchise and numerous other affiliates under the Ilitch Holdings, Inc., umbrella. With Malik, they’ve pursued gaming opportunities in Michigan as well as New York, California & Hawaii.

Shields/MRG were among a stable of consultants who planned and executed a secretly funded last minute advertising blitz in 1996 credited with winning voter approvals for Detroit's three Las Vegas-style gambling halls.  Currently Shields is spokesperson and attack dog for a so-called "coalition" of undisclosed interests bankrolling plans for the proposed New International Trade Crossing (NITC), a second international bridge that would link Detroit with Windsor, Canada. Ilitch,. Malik and the portfolio of Ilitch brands are conspicuously absent from that battle; nevertheless, Shields is front and center.

The following is a list of clients posted on Marketing Resource Groups website. Those in bold are believed to be Ilitch/Malik affiliates and related. For at least a decade, Malik/Ilitch affiliates likely represent the overwhelming majority of MRG’s revenues. Shields is certainly obligated to get their blessing for any client that is not affiliated.


Website links
BarWest Gaming, L.L.C.
Bay Mills Community College
Bay Mills Indian Community
Border Crossing Labs
Coca- Cola Operations North America
Continental Aluminum
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Tigers
Gateway Casino Resorts, L.L.C.
Hawaii Entertainment L.L.C.
Ilitch Holdings
Insurance Institute of Michigan
John Moolenaar for State Senate

Kennecott Minerals Company
Lauren Hager for State Senate

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

Michigan Association of Public School Academies
Michigan Deer and Elk Farmers Association
Michigan Legislative Consultants
Michigan Township Association

Minerals Processing Corporation
MotorCity Casino
Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians
Nestle Waters North America
Packaging Corporation of America
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
Renegade Charters L.L.C.
Republic Services
Safe-Travel L.L.C.
Shinnecock Indian Nation
Thomas More Law Center
Wolverine Pipe Line Company -

Blogger's Note:  In Hawaii, several lobbyists and lobbying organizations have been retained by Tom Shields' Marketing Resource Group.  It is understood that MRG has retained John Radcliffe, Radcliffe & Associates, Capitol Consultants of Hawaii and George A. "Red" Morris to represent the interests of Shields' client, a Detroit casino syndicate organized by Michael Malik and Marian Ilitch.  That syndicate has pursued various schemes that would allow them to develop and operate a Waikiki casino.  TVT and others believe it's likely that MRG is also the source of funding for a pro-gambling front group that suddenly appeared in Honolulu earlier this year, the so-called "Citizens" for a Better Way, LLC.

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