Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations
Last Friday, PPA Executive Director John Pappas sent you an email asking for your help in telling Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice not to impose a second Black Friday via administrative action. Such an action could result in a de facto online gaming prohibition, shutting down state-licensed poker and casino-style gaming websites across America.
PPA has reason to be concerned. Rumors are circulating throughout Capitol Hill that Sessions is preparing to take action against online poker.
From Gambling Compliance (here, subscription required):
Gambling lobbyists in Washington, D.C. are abuzz with speculation that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is on the verge of announcing plans to overturn the 2011 legal opinion which cleared states to regulate internet gambling…
One theory making the rounds among online gambling lobbyists is that (SC Sen. Lindsey) Graham may have recently asked Sessions to release another statement criticizing the 2011 opinion to halt the momentum of internet gambling legislation in Pennsylvania…
Another theory is that it may not be coincidental that two weeks ago the National Governors’ Association (NGA) sent a letter to Sessions warning him to stay away from internet gambling.
For the first time in the internet gambling debate, the NGA complained specifically about “administrative actions” in addition to legislation in Congress which could interfere with the jurisdiction of states regarding gambling.
If you did not get a chance to take action last week, please send this prewritten, fully editable letter to Sessions telling him to keep his hands off internet poker, and please ask your friends and family to send their letters too!
After sending the prewritten letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, please tell Sessions and five anti-poker congressmen via prefilled, editable tweets that our nation’s governors strongly object to efforts to shut down state-licensed poker websites:
- AG Jeff Sessions (R): prefilled tweet
- Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK): prefilled tweet
- Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL): prefilled tweet
- Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI): prefilled tweet
- Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MI): prefilled tweet
- Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS): prefilled tweet
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On this week’s show, 2004 WSOP Main Event Champion & PPA Board Member Greg Raymer joined me for a discussion on the WSOP, poker and poker activism. Please be sure to check it out.
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