Republican Party Platform: Ban Online Gambling

Dustin Gouker : August 30th, 2012

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The Republican Party platform released at the party’s national convention on Wednesday included language about banning online gambling of all types.

The platform delineates the Republican Party’s stance on a variety of issues in this election year. The plank of the platform, “Making the Internet Family-Friendly,” was written as follows:

Millions of Americans suffer from problem or pathological gambling that can destroy families. We support the prohibition of gambling over the Internet and call for reversal of the Justice Department’s decision distorting the formerly accepted meaning of the Wire Act that could open the door to Internet betting.

You can read the entire platform here.

The inclusion of the anti-online gaming language is not a surprise, as it has also appeared in past Republican platforms. The platform came in advance of Mitt Romney’s formal nomination as the Republican Party’s presidential candidate.

The Poker Players Alliance responded with the following, from Vice President of Player Relations Rich Muny:

As we all know, the DoJ decision the plank calls for reversing is the very one that determined that the scope of the Wire Act does not include poker. Also, as we all know, our opponents are including poker in “gambling” activities they seek to ban. Some have even taken to calling the activity “poker gambling.”

It is unfortunate that the authors of the plank are at odds with many House Republicans who are leading the charge for licensed and regulated online poker, but it is even worse that they are so out of touch with the actual voters. Let’s all be sure to do our part through Election Day to ensure that all lawmakers understand where the people are on this important issue.

You can read the entire weekly update from the PPA and its reaction to the Republican Party platform here.

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