Legislation Introduced to Congress to Ban Internet GamblingPublished April 4, 2014 by OCR Editor
Sen. Lindsey Graham and Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation to Congress last week that would ban internet gambling; the Coalition to Stop Online Gambling supports the bill, citing money laundering and fraud as inevitable threats to the USA should inte
New legislation was introduced to Congress last week that would restore the interpretation of the Wire Act that bans internet gambling; that interpretation was dismissed in 2011 by the Justice Department.
The legislation was introduced by Rep. Senator Lindsey Graham (SC) and Dem. Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA) and would essentially outlaw the newly legislated online gambling of Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware, not to mention any other states considering legalizing online gambling.
"It's not just about gaming; it's about the process," Graham said at a news conference at the U.S. Capitol last week. "The attorney general's office, in my view, made a huge legal misstep here." Graham contends that Congress, not the Justice Department, should have the final say on how to interpret the Wire Act.
Graham's bill is supported by Sheldon Adelson and the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling, who cite that internet gambling is a "strategic national threat" that can expose the United States to money laundering and fraud by terror groups.
Dem. Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey believes that outlawing online gambling will simply drive the industry underground, and not eradicate it. "Blanket prohibition of Internet gaming will empower black-market operators at the expense of responsible states like New Jersey, which have invested in creating a secure Internet gaming structure."
A spokeswoman for New Jersey's other senator, Democrat Cory Booker, commented, "Sen. Booker opposes this legislation because it would drive Internet gambling underground, where there are no protections for consumers and no measures to prevent minors from taking part."