Accusations Hurled at RAWA Sponsor

Accusations Hurled at RAWA Sponsor

The chairman of the US Campaign for Liberty, former congressman Ron Paul, accused Representative Jason Chaffetz if violating state rights under the constitution with the federal proposal of his Restoration of America's Wire Act.

Paul noted that the regulation of online gambling is left to the individual states and not the federal government. He also recalled RAWA failure last year despite support from Sheldon Adelson, “one Las Vegas billionaire, who stands to benefit financially from a federal ban limiting competition in the gambling industry.”

He added that those opposed to online gambling have a right to their opinion but do not have the right to force their beliefs on others.

Chaffetz was running for the 62nd speaker of the US House of Representatives but announced that he had withdrawn from the race. The National Fraternal Order of Police, made up of over 330,000 members, sent a letter opposing Chaffetz's stance on online gambling. The order beleives that a ban only encourages illegal gambling.

The Poker Player's Alliance posted a copy of the letter here.

  • For or against. At this point, I believe that their is no point anymore to any of this. Several states have launched online gambling operations that are extensions of their land based casinos, that is a fact. Several other casinos, some of them in different states from those online casinos already launched, have launched social casinos online. I will bet that these too will become full fledged, legal, online gambling sites, so what is there to say or try to stop. It's happened and it will continue to happen until all US players have the opportunity to play online wherever they so please, legally, in their own country. I doubt if stopping it is even a worthwhile consideration......
  • Prohibition doesn't work. The government could realize greater gains by regulating online gambling for the sake of both the player, the online gaming providers and the greater good of society. Taxes could be collected to fund programs which advance the social and physical health of the citizenry; instead of expenditures on lawyers to prosecute individuals and businesses under outdated prohibition policies and laws which don't work.

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