The latest statistics on lobbying expenditure in US politics indicates that there is still a keen interest in online gambling and the legalization question. Mark Balestra's e-gaming consultancy BolaVerde Media Group has released a report on declared lobbying expenditure over the first quarter of 2010, which shows that Harrah's Entertainment Incorporated is still a big spender in the sector as it promotes the idea of legalised online gambling.
Through the months of January, February, and March 36 separate parties spent a total of $4.2 million lobbying members of Congress and other groups.
Harrah's spent $905,515 lobbying for legalised online gambling followed by the US Chamber Of Commerce at $664,441, the UC Group at $522,239, the Poker Players Alliance at $450,000 and the Interactive Gaming Council at $439,080.
However, the tougher economic times have shown an estimated overall decrease of 18.4% in lobbying costs for the first quarter of 2010 compared to the previous three-month period.
When categorised by group, 'operators' spent the most at approximately $1.38 million while Congressman Barney Frank's Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection And Enforcement Act drew the most number of 'unique lobbying filings' with 36.5%.
Source: InfoPowa News