When it Comes to Politics, It’s Follow the Money – Always

by Lou on May 31, 2010

Although Barney Frank’s (D-MA) pending legislation to repeal the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) won’t be acted on until way after the June 1, 2010 date for implementing its regulations, it’s always worth following the money to see who is lobbying for, and contributing to his bill’s passage.

During the first quarter of 2010, Harrah’s Entertainment spent the most money, $1.22 million. They are followed by the Poker Players Alliance, the online poker advocacy group, which spent $785,000.

Online poker companies PokerStars and Betfair US were also big contributors. There’s no surprise here, and the online firms have been major supporters of the Poker Players Alliance since day one.

While the major Las Vegas casinos seem to be coming around in support of online gaming—and that has been a nice surprise—it’s not a totally done deal yet, particularly where Native American casinos are concerned. According to Mark Macarro, chairman of the Pechanga tribe, operator of a major California casino, “Most tribes are on the fence with this thing, including my tribe.”

The journey toward legalized online gambling in the United States is still a work in progress, and one that appears to be getting longer with each passing day.

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