SPRINGFIELD, Virginia- Today, Campaign for Liberty issued the following statement from C4L President John Tate strongly opposing the “Restoration of America’s Wire Act” (S. 2159/ H.R. 4301), which would institute a federal ban on online gambling, despite current law and the United States Constitution respecting the authority of the states to regulate Internet gambling.
S. 2159 and H.R. 4301 have the support of Las Vegas billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who would stand to benefit financially from a federal ban limiting competition in the gambling industry.
“This bill would not only provide federal bureaucrats with another excuse to monitor the online activities of law-abiding Americans, but it would restrict economic activity in order to solely benefit one well-connected billionaire,” said C4L President John Tate.
“This legislation is just another example of well-connected elites using the strong arm of government to enrich themselves by eliminating their competition by government fiat. The federal government has no business banning online gambling, and Campaign for Liberty will strongly oppose any attempts to pass such legislation now or in the future.
“I urge Campaign for Liberty members and all Americans who value Internet freedom and free markets, even if they don’t gamble, to contact their legislators and tell them to oppose the ‘Restoration of America’s Wire Act.’”
About The Restoration of America’s Wire Act:
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (S. 2159) in the United States Senate on March 26, 2014. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced identical legislation (H.R. 4301) in the House of Representatives on April 16, 2014.