Regulated Online Gambling Champions Emerge in USA

Published Wednesday, February 05, 2014 -
Regulated Online Gambling Champions Emerge in USA

The opposition is building to Sheldon Adelson’s Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling with some prominent Republican names in the group. This battle of almost epic proportions when one looks at the amount of money involved and the ethical standpoints of both sides in the public eye is playing out to become a long one.

The new group called the Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection (C4COP) includes members of the GOP such as noted former California Representative Mary Bono and Mike Oxley, who represented Ohio in the House for over 25 years.

According to a statement released to the press by the opposing C4COP, the group “represents the voice of public-­‐safety advocates, business leaders, technology leaders, state-­‐ and federal-­‐elected officials, the gaming industry, and the millions of Americans who would be adversely affected by a ban” on regulated online gambling. Prohibition would, the group claims, “would jeopardize consumer safety, allow for the existing overseas black market to thrive, stifle innovation and growth, and infringe on individuals’ and states’ rights.”

The Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection published articles in The Hill and USA Today with  former Ohio Congressman Mike Oxley claiming, “An across the board federal ban on online gaming would have unintended negative effects for Americans by encouraging illegal online gambling and bolstering the current black market,” Oxley continued, “Millions of Americans are currently engaged in online gaming. A congressional ban would essentially ensure they are playing on an unsafe black market without the strong consumer protections that all Americans deserve.

Mary Bono also affirmed Oxley’s position, saying that, “Congress can neither legislate the Internet away, nor consumer demand for online products. We need to do all we can to make sure that the Internet is a safe place for businesses, consumers, families and children. I am proud to be a part of the Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection to make sure that people know the risks behind implementing such a ban.”


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