A war over online gambling is about to spill out in Congress as opponents move to restore a long-standing Internet gambling ban and block Uncle Sam from creating a sprawling new federal department to police the web.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on Wednesday introduced legislation that would ban most forms of online gambling, ratcheting up a lobbying battle that pits casinos and state lotteries against GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) today introduced their bipartisan legislation, Restoration of America’s Wire Act, which restores the long-standing interpretation of the Wire Act and reverses the Department of Justice’s abrupt December 2011 decision to expand online gaming.
“We support and applaud all efforts to restore the long-standing interpretation that the Wire Act prohibits Internet gambling. It’s common sense that putting a virtual casino in the pocket of every American with a phone is bad public policy,” said former New York Gov. George Pataki (R-NY), former Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and former Denver […]
Today, former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb, National Co-Chair of the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling, applauded Massachusetts Attorney General and Gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley after she came out in opposition to Internet gambling. Coakley argues that families in Massachusetts will be the hardest hit, saying, “The potential to run up credit card debt gambling online […]