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.