Who said the Democrats will help the online gambling cause?
When the UIGEA was passed last
November and forbid the banks and financial institutions from
making any transactions to online gambling websites, many people
in the industry blamed it on the Republicans. The same people
claimed that the Democrats will change this law as soon as they
came to power. Well, thanks to the banking sector, this may
happen, but don't put the laurel leaf headband on the blue
website goes beyond politics, because we all know what actually
moves the lawmakers - the green stuff. Democrats or Republicans
- it's all the same at the end of the day. And I am writing this
article just to show that neither of the parties care much about
what people think or what freedoms they have lost, when it comes
to gambling online.
There is not much to say about
the Republican party - we all know that representatives of that
party were the creators and main supporters of the anti online
gambling bill, passed last year.
But let's look at the
Democrats using the latest Associated Press review of the
campaign finance reports.
According to the data,
California Democratic lawmakers, who will be introducing a
massive expansion of Indian gambling in the state of California
have received over $1.6 million in donations and contributions
from the Indian tribes over the past few years. Those bills were
killed last year, but they are being re-introduce with a
majority of the sponsors being Democrats.
Two new Democratic senators
elected last year with the help of $540,000 in contributions
from Indian tribes will carry bills that would let those tribes
more than triple the number slot machines they can operate all
the way to 7,500. And many political analysts believe that the
tribes turned to the Democrats after the Republicans did not
managed to secure the similar bills last year in Congress.
And the question comes to mind
- do you think that, with so much money being contributed to
Democratic representatives, there would be enough political will
to repeal the online gambling law? We all know that one of the
main reasons for the bill to pass in the first place is the
heavy lobbying from the land based casino industry, which is
loosing millions in profits to the Internet gambling business.
And now we see that they have shaken hands with the Democrats,
So if there is no clause in
the Congressman Barney Frank's future bill that would allow
Indian tribes to operate online casinos, much like the online
horse betting industry, would he find enough supporters among
his colleagues to fight the anti-gambling bill?
Let's just hope that the
banking sector, which has much more powerful lobby than the
Indian tribes, would help Rep. Frank, instead of waiting for the
regulations on UIGEA to come out in July and declare them
impossible to implement.