According to the Poker Players Alliance (PPA), the anti-poker lobby, led by billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson, continues its multi-million dollar push to shut down our right to play online and the right of states to authorize it.
Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick has joined with the small cadre of federal lawmakers seeking a federal ban. Adelson’s Pennsylvania casino, Sands Bethlehem, is located just outside Rep. Fitzpatrick’s district.
Fitzpatrick joins anti-poker Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent—whose Congressional district is home to Sands Bethlehem—in asking the federal government to usurp the powers of their own state.
In a recent op-ed by former Rep. Ron Paul on pennlive.com, he said, “It is bad enough that Dent, of Allentown, wants to sneak an expansion of federal power into a massive spending bill. But his proposed ban on online gambling violates the principles of federalism and threatens the constitutional rights of all Americans, regardless of whether they gamble online.”
In a recent email from the PPA they said, “It is not clear that the Congress has any appetite to shut down the states on online poker and online casino-style gaming, but we are not taking any chances. It is clear Adelson and his Capitol Hill cronies are not going away. We all need to keep up the pressure on these anti-poker lawmakers to ensure they know the American people want—and demand—the right to play poker.”