USA Online Gambling Lobbying Costing Millions

Published Thursday, October 29, 2015 -
USA Online Gambling Lobbying Costing Millions

The latest salvo against the online gambling industry in the United States has been launched by the conservative factions that oppose the use of the internet to make a wager. A number of conservative groups support the congressional effort to ban online gambling.  The list includes Focus on the Family and Concerned Women for America, Christian organizations that oppose abortion and same-sex marriage. These groups have joined to support the bill to Restore America's Wire Act and its chief sponsor, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah). Also, U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Marco Rubio of Florida, are sponsoring the bill in the Senate.

The president of Let Freedom Ring a group which wants less government and and rewritten tax laws, Colin Hanna commented, "Internet gambling is a game changer,"  Hanna added, "Certainly any decision to undermine this law, and unleash Internet gambling on our country, should not be left to a lawyer burrowed in the Justice Department."

Las Vegas Sands chairman and chief executive officer Sheldon Adelson and his wife donated $93 million to Republican focused groups in 2012. During the first nine months of 2015 Adelson put $1 million into the effort to lobby for the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling.

Money is being spent on both sides of the lobbying efforts in America. The Poker Players Alliance doubled its lobbying expenses, from January to September. Caesars Entertainment, which operates an online gambling site for New Jersey residents and is helping to fund the Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection spending almost $2 million this year.  

Executive director of the Poker Players Alliance, John Pappas, said the legislation "does nothing to stop unregulated Internet gambling in the United States and in fact, only makes it harder for America's law enforcement to protect vulnerable consumers." Pappas described it as, "particularly dangerous because it prohibits states from authorizing and safeguarding their own citizens." 


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