Internet Gambling

Congressmen State Their Case for Legalizing Internet Gambling

New York Representatives Steve Israel and Peter King have written a column in today’s New York Post that endorses Internet gambling. They cite their reasons and thinking behind their endorsement of Rep Barney Frank’s Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act(H.R.2046).

The full article can be read here. In it they state how the UIGEA was simply a rider to a more important Port Security Bill passed last year. They also state that children and problem gamblers would be better protected with the industry regulated and run by legit businesses as opposed to illegal offshore entities that run them now.

Congressmen Israel and King have both signed on to co-sponsor H.R. 2046 and are being proactive in their support of American freedoms and each deserves a letter or phone call to thank them for their efforts.

Casino Gambling Web urges all readers to call or write their Representative, or visit them this month while they are in their home district and talk to them about the benefits that passage of the IGREA will provide for this country.

“If Americans are to regain some of their freedoms lost, they should act quickly on this issue. Congress does listen to the requests of their constituents and, although this issue may not appear on its face to be one that many care to get behind, the underlying effects of not overturning the UIGEA are far-reaching as it is a direct infringement of personal freedoms,” said Gordon Price, CEO of Casino Gambling Web.

Momentum is growing nationwide to repeal the UIGEA and to implement a sound policy that not only legalizes Internet gambling, but does so with safeguards to protect problem and underage gamblers, has provisions to combat fraud and monitors licensed business’s’ for money laundering, as well as providing a tax system to generate much needed revenues.

There is also a campaign against the repeal which is led by the restrictive, shameful and biased christian right conservatives, led by Focus on the Family Action that is deceptive and inaccurate in its presentation of facts.

“CGW has heard from many thousands of Americans that would like to see this law overturned and they have given their support via an online petition to repeal the UIGEA, calling congress and writing letters.” said Price, adding “FOFA has published articles authored by Chad Hills that simply are not correct and when we questioned their facts, they refused to respond other than to say that we should agree to disagree on this issue. We might add that when we wrote to Mr. Hills, he has never responded.”

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Congressman Bob Goodlatte Accepted $40,000 From Horse Racing Industry

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Representative congressman from Roanoke, Virgina, Bob Goodlatte, who is responsible for writing the details of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) – which bans illegal forms of Internet gambling and has an exception for online horse race betting – has accepted more than $35,000 in lobbying money from the horse race betting industry, it was revealed today by Perspectives Weekly.

Congressman Goodlatte has pushed his UIGEA in Congress over the past several years citing that it must be passed because gambling is immoral. As immoral as it is, he believes horse race betting is the exception to the immoral rule he lives and preaches by.

Perspectives Weekly, run by online casino industry expert J. Todd, revealed these facts about the corrupt Goodlatte in his latest episode of the show.

The Goodlatte issue was brought to light once again this week because of the House Judiciary Committee Hearing held to discuss what is going on in the current state of Internet gambling. Goodlatte was one of the few anti-online gambling panelists on the committee and he again insisted that the UIGEA be enforced with criminal prosecutions for those who violate it.

The problem, of course, is that the WTO has ruled the UIGEA as a protectionist measure and as a result the US faces over $100 billion in compensation claims per year from over ten other nations, including those in the European Union.

One unfortunate left out piece by J. Todd’s Perspectives Weekly episode this week was when Catherine Hannaway, the US Department of Justice representative who spoke at the House hearing, revealed that playing online casinos games for real money is NOT considered illegal by the DoJ.