Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio care deeply about the dangers of online gambling. In fact, the two recently reintroduced the Restoration of America’s Wire Act, which would once again allow the federal government to use the Wire Act to ban Internet gambling (as opposed to only sports gambling).
It just so happens that Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson is also opposed to online gambling, so much so that last year he started the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling. The group’s desire to stop the spread of gambling “into our living rooms and onto our smartphones, tablets and home computers 24 hours a day without necessary protections” might be admirable if not for the fact that Adelson made billions off of gambling at brick-and-mortar casinos. But I suppose you have to draw a line somewhere, even if that line happens to directly coincide with your business interests.
As for Graham and Rubio, they deny Adelson’s gambling interests played any role in their principled stance against online gambling. The fact that neither senator has previously expressed much interest in the topic, and that both men are courting Adelson as a donor for their presidential campaigns, is just a happy coincidence.
As John Ashbrook, a spokesman for Adelson’s group, puts it, “Predatory online gambling is ruining lives all across our country.” But if Graham and Rubio have their way, gambling will only ruin lives in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, or any of the numerous Indian casinos that have popped up over the years.
(Source: National Journal)