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Poker Players Alliance ups Ante in UIGEA Lobbying Stakes

21 April, 2009,  Peter Bowman, Staff writer

It has long been known that elements within US government are making strong overtures to introducing legislation repealing the current US anti-online laws.  Leading the charge are Democrat Congressman Barney Frank, and Former Republican Senator Sen. Alfonse D'Amato.

D'Amato is also chairman of poker players association the 'Poker Players Alliance' and a very vocal critic of the UIGEA.  D'Amato has on numerous occasions voiced his disapproval at a law that prevents him from enjoying online poker from within the confines of his home.

"How dare you come into my house and tell me what I can and can't do on the Internet!" D'Amato has said.  He also asserts that the law flies in the face of normal Republican ideals  of small government and minimal market intervention and for this reason believes any Democrat attempts to repeal the legislation should receive bipartisan support...particularly as UIGEA has clearly proven ineffective in its operation.

Now D'Amato and his Poker Players Alliance have shifted gears from mere cage rattling to a well funded lobbying campaign to push for regulated online gambling in the United States.  The APP has set aside $3 million on lobbying activity during the next session of Congress.  The cash will come from the Interactive Gaming Council, a Vancouver based internet casino regulation authority funded by associated online casino operators.

But the lobbying efforts will come up against stiff opposition.  The NFL are outspoken opponents of online gambling and believe it has a negative impact on their league.


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