RAWA Advocates Send Another Letter to US Department of Justice

RAWA Advocates Send Another Letter to US Department of JusticePoliticians lobbying in favor of the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA) have followed up on the letter they sent to the US Department of Justice on November 21st by penning a similar letter to US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Once again, the lobbyists are requesting that the 2011 reinterpretation of the Wire Act be overturned, but while it was apparently sent out on December 19, the action was only discovered by the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) last week.
Unlike the last letter that was endorsed by Senators Lindsey Graham and Diane Feinstein and sent to the Senate, this time around, the four politicians who added their names to the letter are all Republican representatives, namely Dan Donovan of New York, Tom Garrett of Virginia, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, and Louie Gohmert of Texas.
Once again, their ultimate goal is to see all online gambling activity in the US halted under a federal law, with their biggest supporter being none other than Las Vegas Sands Corporation CEO Sheldon Adelson (photo), who has been funding his anti-online gambling campaign for several years now.
Amongst the numerous reasons cited by Adelson for wanting to see online gambling made illegal across the country is his belief that the industry will cannibalize the revenues of land-based casinos, and lead to an online gambling frenzy amongst underage players. Despite both these arguments having now been disproved, RAWA advocates don’t seem too bothered about letting the truth stand in the way of their political goals, and once again their letter rehashes the same old tired claims, as well as some blatantly false assertions. As one extract from the letter subsequently reads:
“Internet gambling carries with it significant law enforcement implications, as the pervasive nature and anonymity of the internet makes it ripe for exploitation by criminals.. Other legal issues arise in preventing online casinos from targeting children and, since the internet knows no state boundaries, in protecting the rights of jurisdictions that bar the activity.”
The latest letter coming so soon after the last is likely a reaction to the news of Pennsylvania passing legal online gambling at the end of last year, which could in turn spur other states such as New York and Michigan to consider similar legislation of their own. In other the words, Adelson and his cronies will now feel a greater sense of urgency over the issue than ever before as the more states that get onboard the online gambling train this year, the harder it will become for RAWA supporters to ever have the Wire Act reinterpretation reversed.

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