Would $20 million be enough to buy enough U.S. Senators to get a law passed before the New Year that will benefit your business interests? Apparently Las Vegas Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson thinks so.
He’s become a human ATM machine for the Republican Party this year, having donated $100 million to Republican causes. This includes the $20 million he pledged on September 20th of this year to the Senate Leadership Fund, a Super PAC created to elect Republican candidates to the U.S. Senate.
What does Adelson want for buying Senators and members of Congress? He wants federal legislation to ban state-based regulated online gambling that he believes poses cutthroat competition to his brick-and-mortar casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City.
Some states are allowing their residents to purchase state lottery tickets online or gamble at online casinos that operate within their states. This is a result of the Justice Department issuing a reasonable interpretation of the Wire Act, stating that it does not prohibit online gambling in states that choose to legalize such activity — a ruling which was consistent with the Tenth Amendment.
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