But not all states are on board; online gambling is an industry that its advocates say can create some major commerce.
J. I’m on solid footing with people in South Carolina who I represent.”
“To say that the Wire Act, after 50 years, only applied to sports betting is an incredible legal stretch,” Graham said. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo
Place your bets: Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Rep. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., and Sen. “This is an issue where there will be business issues on both sides. Rick Perry – have added their names to the list of people who want to turn back the clock on online gambling. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., are in a scramble to close them.
“If there is a case that people want to make for online gambling, they need to come to the Congress,” Chaffetz said. Attorneys general of 15 states – as well as South Carolina Gov. “Go read the plain text, because it doesn’t even fly with the plain text of the Wire Act.”
It all started two and a half years ago, when the Department of Justice ruled that the Wire Act – which had blocked all online gambling for 50 years – actually only applied to sports betting.
“I would say that Sheldon has aligned himself with most Baptists in South Carolina,” Graham quipped. Jason Chaffetz R-Utha, are going all in to ban online gambling.
“The attorney general’s office, in my view, made a huge legal misstep here, and those of us in Congress who are worried about the effects of online gaming are going to push back,” he said.
Graham also shot down questions about whether the legislation, which is being introduced two and a half years after the change in policy, was prompted by GOP mega donor Sheldon Adelson, whose brick and mortar casino empire in Las Vegas faces competition from the online gambling industry.
“Basically, it’s been the wild West out there on the Internet, which is of deep concern and that creates a huge problem for law enforcement,” Ayotte said. “There should not be a single person in the bowels of the Department of Justice reinterpreting law and fundamentally changing the landscape.”. “It changes fundamentally the statuteI’ll say in South Carolinian: it screwed everything up.”
The decision opened the floodgates to online gambling, and now, two and a half years after the switch, a bipartisan group of legislators – including Sen. Nikki Haley and potential 2016 presidential candidate Texas Gov