Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson has been vigorously lobbying against the legalization of online gambling. He founded the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling less than a year ago, but has already invested large sums of money in his lobbying efforts. Adelson has hired a number of distinguished experts to help spread his message. He recently announced that former GOP Congressman Connie Mack of Florida has joined the lobbying group.
Mack was a career politician for 12 years. He was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from January 2001 to October 2003. He also served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2005 to 2013. Adelson is confident that Mack will help his former colleagues to support a new bill that would reinstate the Wire Act.
Adelson has reportedly spent over $200,000 lobbying against online gambling. He said that his intention is to protect the country from the social risks that it poses, but most experts are skeptical of his claims. An online poker ban would help his company gain a competitive edge over Caesars Entertainment and other prominent gaming empires.
Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rep. Jason Chaffetz introduced the Restoration of America’s Wire Act in April. The two lawmakers have been struggling to gain support, but are still confident that they can get the bill passed. Adelson is speaking with former and current politicians to convince them that online gambling should be banned.