RAWA, the Restoration of America’s Wire Act, has been shuffling around the halls of Congress for more than two years, but the anti-online gambling and poker legislation has found little patronage or support during its loiter.
First introduced into the US Senate and House of Representatives by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) in March of 2014, RAWA seeks to restore the Wire Act and effectively take away a state’s right to offer Internet gambling.
RAWA isn’t officially dead, but by all means it appears to be shelved in its original form. That’s why some were surprised to see language in a new Senate Appropriations Committee spending bill feature certain aspects of RAWA.
Late last month, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a massive 141-page $65 billion spending bill that provides funding for the Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Commerce (DOC), numerous science agencies, and several other related governmental departments.
The Return of RAWA Two Republican senators running for president reintroduced a bill Wednesday that would effectively ban Internet poker and other forms of online gambling—legislation that has long been championed by casino magnate and GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson.
Both Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio […]
Adelson “Bribes” US Senate for Online Gambling Agenda Sheldon Adelson is a Republican “mega donor.” So there’s nothing necessarily unusual about his donation, made public this month, of $20 million to a GOP super PAC called the Senate Leadership Fund.
His recent donation of $25 million to the Trump campaign makes him the biggest donor of […]
RAWA Could Criminalizes Nevada Sports Bets A bill in Congress that would ban Internet gambling would inadvertently criminalize Nevada’s booming mobile sports wagering business, which has been credited with turning the Silver State’s sports books into a $3.9 billion-a-year industry.
The measure, backed by Las Vegas Sands Corp. […]