Harrah’s Hires Lobbing Firm in Support of Regulated US Online Gaming

by Lou on June 15, 2010

harrahsGaming giant Harrah’s retained the lobbying firm Capitol Counsel to move forward in support of regulated online gaming in the United States.

Capitol Counsel describes itself as “a full-service, bipartisan government relations firm providing political analysis, strategic advice, and advocacy services.”

Harrah’s hired them to lobby Congress in support of online gambling and taxation. Harrah’s has been more active than other land-based Las Vegas properties in pursuing online gaming, having hired Mitch Garber, formerly of PartyPoker, to head what they call their “interactive division.”  But if you called it their “online division,” you’d be 100 percent correct. 

Harrah’s also launched an online poker room under the WSOP.com brand, and while it’s not accessible to US residents, it gives Harrah’s a chance to hone their chops in the online gaming world and market to US-based players whenever Rep. Barney Frank’s (D-MA) legislation aimed at repealing anti-gaming laws is enacted.  Congressional hearings for Rep. Frank’s legislation are expected to begin in July.

Thus far, Harrah’s has spent nearly $1,000,000 on lobbying efforts in 2010.

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