Politicians in the United States who have received donations from anti-gambling billionaire Sheldon Adelson are urging Attorney General Eric Holder to restore the Wire Act and ban online betting in the United States.
The three politicians who have taken charge on the issue are Senators Lindsey Graham, Kelly Ayotte, and Dianne Feinstein.
In a letter addressed to Holder the group writes:
“We must act before we find virtual casinos making gambling pervasive in our society, invading living rooms, bedrooms, and dorm rooms across the country; a result we know the Department of Justice does not want to see.”
Holder and the Justice Department reversed stance on the Wire Act in 2011, ruling that the act does not prohibit online gambling and instead only applies to sportsbetting.
The trio claim that if the Justice Department's view remains the same that it could: "...usher in the most fundamental change in gambling in our lifetimes by turning every smart phone, tablet, and personal computer in our country into a casino available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”
Currently a bill introduced by Graham and Representative Chaffetz is in play and would restore the Wire Act, and the letter urges Holder to sign on to back the piece of legislation.