Conservatives Lead the Fight Against US Online Gambling

Published November 7, 2015 by Elana K

Conservatives Lead the Fight Against US Online Gambling

The battle rages on over whether online gambling should be banned at a federal level or not. Conservatives lead the charge against online gambling, while supporters tout the benefits that legalization can offer everyone.

There is a huge battle currently raging in the United States, and like most things these days, it revolves around the internet. Groups both for and against online gambling have become more and more outspoken over the past year as the issue heats up. As of now, there are no federal regulations governing internet gambling, but three pioneering states have passed their own regulations: Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey.

At the same time, conservatives are pushing for a federal ban on online gambling, which would mean that the three states that have already legalized it will have to shut down their operations. It also means that the many states that are strongly considering legalizing it will be stopped in their tracks.

Who is leading the fight against online gambling?

Sheldon Adelson is the most outspoken lobbyist against online gambling; ironically, he made his own fortune as a casino mogul. He created the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling, which acts as the lead lobbying group against it. Members of his coalition include groups such as Focus on Family, Concerned Women for America and Let Freedom Ring.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah has been the force behind the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA), an act that would reverse a decision made by the Justice Department in 2011 that bans only online sports betting, not online casinos.

The good news is that last week, Chaffetz dropped his bid for Speaker of the House, which means that online gambling supporters will have an easier time fighting RAWA.

Benefits of Online Gambling

Not only can online gambling heal the budget deficits that many states are currently facing, but regulating internet gambling can also protect American citizens. The fact is, many Americans play online at illegal or offshore sites, leaving them unprotected in case of fraud or theft. Regulating online gambling will protect American citizens, who will find ways to gamble, whether it’s legal or not.

 

See also

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