US Regulation: Ron Paul Speaks Out Against Efforts to Ban Online GamblingPublished November 20, 2014 by Amir G
Former presidential candidate Ron Paul speaks out against the efforts to outlaw iGaming in the US, accusing proponents of the ban and Sheldon Adelson of "cronyism".
Former Republican congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul has spoken out against the efforts to outlaw online gambling as a whole in the US. In a weekly column in the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity website, the former presidential candidate centered his criticism against casino mogul Sheldon Adelson who spearheads the fight against online gambling.
A Manifestation of Crony Capitalism
Paul begins his column stating that regardless of ideology, most Americans oppose what he calls "crony capitalism" – a situation in which politicians write laws in order to support their business beneficiaries. Paul claims that a concrete case of such cronyism can be found in a subject the US congress might vote on soon, that is legislation outlawing internet gambling. According to Paul, this legislation is being considered as a favor to Sheldon Adelson.
Outlawing Not the Answer
"Some proponents of internet gambling ban say that legalized online casinos will enrich criminals or even terrorists, but criminalizing online casinos will not eliminate the demand for online casinos," says Paul, continuing to claim that the opposition to iGaming in America is not about morality but about whether Americans who do gamble have the choice to do it online or are forced to visit brick and mortar casinos.
Paul asserts that an iGaming ban is a blatantly unconstitutional infringement on liberties of American people, something which could lead to a surveillance state. "Worst of all, it is all being done for the benefit of one powerful billionaire," concludes Paul.
No RAWA House Hearing
The efforts to ban iGaming in the USA are also tied to the "Restoration of Americas Wire Act" bill (RAWA). This bill which proposes the prohibition of all internet gambling was feared to be slipped through the House Judiciary Committee in a similar fashion to that of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA). The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) reported there will be no hearing for the RAWA bill during the current lame duck session, however the bill might be tagged onto unrelated legislation like the UIGEA did back in 2006, warned the PPA's John Pappas.