Sheldon Adelson’s Efforts To Ban Online Gambling Dealt Another Blow
Gambling Mogul Sheldon Adelson has never been shy to voicing his opinion on his opposition to online gambling in the US. Most critics are quick to point out that his attempts to block and even revert the current legalization of online gambling in three U.S. states is nothing more than an obvious attempt to protect his brick and mortar casinos who would almost certainly lose a lot of revenues if and when online gambling is legalized on a federal level.
Despite his millions Adelson has been dealt a blow during the Conservative Political Action Conference held at the Gaylord National resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. In a survey conducted by the attendees, an incredible nine out of ten participants stated they would oppose any Federal attempt to overturn the current online gambling legislation in the US. Even more damning over 88 percent said that they viewed Adelson’s Restore America’s Wire Act bill as nothing short of cronyism and a clear effort by one of the richest men in the world to ban all forms of competition that would affect his brick and mortar casino empire.
The RAWA Act was first introduced by Sen. Lindsey Graham in the Senate and Rep. Jason Chaffetz in the House of Representatives. It was introduced again despite being rejected. Even more worrying is the comments made by Sen. Jeff Sessions who stated he would be open to re-open the debate in the Wire Act. Many see the blatant interference by political contributors like Adelson as a real and growing threat to the Constitution itself as money and power are seemingly able to influence lawmakers.