Strident Anti-Online Gaming Congressman Bob Goodlatte Takes $40,000 in Contributions From Horseracing Industry

by Lou on December 3, 2007

I Got the Horse Right Here …
Congressman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia (pictured right), one of the online gambling’s most strident detractors, is—according to an article on Gambling Web—the recipient of $40,000 in contributions from the horse racing industry. Horse racing has cut-outs exempting it from the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act (UIGEA), and was also slated for exempt status in bills Goodlatte tried to push through Congress in the past.
If Online Gaming is Immoral, How Can You Take Their Money?
Goodlatte has always taken the position that gambling is immoral and that online gaming should be banned. Yet he takes money from the horseracing industry in return for an exception from current and proposed legislation dealing with online gaming.

So is Goodlatte a principled politician who happens to have a blind eye when it comes to the ponies, or is he simply whoring himself out for a few bucks added to his campaign coffers?

Can You Really Buy a Congressman for as Little as $40,000?

The answer is pretty clear if you follow the money. I’d love to hear Representative Goodlatte attempt to justify his position, and explain in any sort of convincing manner why online gaming ought to be illegal and subject to prosecution, with the exception of horseracing.

He Won’t Respond to Me

But I don’t think I’ll hear from him. Last year I challenged him to a freezeout poker game, with the money to go to charity as a way of demonstrating that poker is a game of skill, not luck. I never received a response from either Mr. Goodlatte or his staff. I certainly don’t expect see him try to extricate himself from the corner he so illogically painted himself into this time. After all, how can one purport to be morally opposed to gambling while taking money from the horseracing industry in exchange for granting exemptions to that very industry?

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