Is There a Mutually Beneficial Deal Between Adelson and Sen.Reid?

Multi-billionaire land casino mogul and a Republican, Sheldon Adelson finds himself in a pickle. In order to accomplish his biggest goal of prohibiting online gambling anywhere in the United States, he needs the help of a Democrat.

Over the weekend Huffington Post examined the relationship between Adelson and the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in a rather interesting article, highlighting the fact that Adelson is an ardent Republican supporter prepared to throw tens of millions of dollars into influencing politicians, whilst Reid is known for being critical of Republican big-money influence in US politics.

What makes things even more interesting is the fact that Reid needs some help from Adelson too. In two years’ time Reid will run for re-election in Nevada, and Adelson, as a powerful figure in Nevada can do a lot to back Reid’s opponent…or not. So to sum it up Adelson needs Reid to get his Restoration of the American Wire Act banning bill through - preferably in the "lame duck" closing days of the current Congress, whilst Reid will in the future face re-election against some heavy competition in Nevada and Adelson support would be helpful.

As a consequence to mounting conservative pressure in the past few weeks, the House Judiciary Committee declined to progress the measure slowing down RAWA. Conservatives are concerned that RAWA will have the same outcome as the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which passed the Congress because it was attached to a totally unrelated and must-pass national security bill. The lame-duck session is the only time for RAWA to pass Congress, as there is an omnibus spending bill that must pass by December 11 to avoid a government shutdown.

"Given the size and complexity of omnibus bills, they are typically crafted behind closed doors by congressional leaders, who often engage in horse-trading over pet projects until the very last minute. This kind of process is perfect for moving Adelson's online gaming ban," the Huffington Post observes...and that means Reid's help would be essential.

If not passed into law by December 31, RAWA will have to wait for the newly elected Congress next January. However The Post confirms recent reports that Adelson has been heavily lobbing for RAWA in the offices of Washington politicians who could influence the omnibus bill. Among them were Reid and Republican Speaker John Boehner.

Reid only admits to having discussions on the RAWA and his options with the bill’s political introducer, Adelson-influenced Senator Lindsey Graham and others. It would be redundant to point out that if Reid supports the insertion of RAWA into the omnibus spending bill it will confirm suspicions that Adelson and Reid have struck a mutually beneficial deal. The suspicions were raised after positive comments about Adelson in a Reid television interview earlier this year.
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    I hate these kinds of bills. They should be against the law. The main purpose of whatever bill they are trying to get passed should be the only thing on the entire bill. But to get it passed, everybody wants something for their group that got them elected with their big bucks. When a bill finally gets passed it is so full of other crap, so many other things getting passed along with the primary goal of the bill, but has nothing to do with the original bill. This is where your and my hard earned tax dollars get wasted paying for all the other things in the bill that get passed. By the time any bill gets passed it is 25 pages longer than it originally was and has a bunch of other legislation in it that gets passed as a bribe to get them to vote on the original idea of that bill. The worst part is that so many Americans don't have any idea that this is what is happening in our government. If the RAWA gets passed it will be because it will be buried deep in that spending bill. I don't even think that half of the politicians that vote on it will even know it is in there.
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    Sen. Harry Reid is all out for himself. He is a politician-for-hire, and that means bribery will get you everywhere with him. Hopefully age will catch up with him and he will be ineffective for the balance of his term. Nobody has heard anything from him since the midterm elections.
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    OMG. You know the type of politicians and the wished of those who try to implement them onto others is not what this country (USA) was built on. This article makes me sick to my stomach. America is no longer free, its free to those who have money or those who have money to bribe their way to get their way. Its just disgusting. This is not what our founding fathers considered looking out for the people. This is just straight up conspiracy for another to become even richer and corruption. If you ask me the way our (USA) Government and politicians not to mention some not all well off people are worst then a virus causing sickness and death. They are deadly to our country and we need a cure badly. There should be some kind of law put in place that this will not be accepted and the people needs to speak what they want not politicians who get kick back money to provide a rotten apple his way. Then they try to make it seem like different parties republic -democratic no its all the same corruption corruption corruption i really hope that the good people on the hill see and don't let it there any good people on the hill anymore? Hear my cry!

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