Former US Congressman and Presidential Candidate Ron Paul has penned a piece in which he criticizes billionaire gambling mogul Sheldon Adelson for attempting to use his influence to ban online gambling in the US.
Paul penned a piece on his website "The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperiety" where he criticized Adelson and lawmakers for trying to block online gambling in the United States. He spoke about how politicians who received political donations from Adelson were likely to attempt to vote for the Restoration of the American Wire Act bills (which Adelson supports), which would outlaw online gambling and restore the Wire Act which was overturned by the Department of Justice back in 2011.
Adelson is the Chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands, a major land casino group which likely sees internet gambling as a threat, even though he tries to frame his attempts to ban the activity as protecting citizens and claiming that online gambling is immoral.
Paul attacked those points, writing: "Many supporters of an Internet gambling ban sincerely believe that gambling is an immoral and destructive activity that should be outlawed. However, the proposed legislation is not at all about the morality of gambling. It is about whether Americans who do gamble should have the choice to do so online, or be forced to visit brick-and-mortar casinos."
He also went on to state that internet gambling is not something that the federal government has the right to regulate, stating: "Nowhere in the Constitution is the federal government given any authority to regulate activities such as online gambling. Arguing that "states rights" justifies creating new federal crimes turns the Tenth Amendment, which was intended to limit federal power, on its head."
Paul is a former Congressman from Texas who served as a flight surgeon in the US Air Force before being elected to Congress, where he served many terms before retiring in 2013. He is a former two-time Presidential candidate, but lost to Senator John McCain in 2008 and Governor Mitt Romney in 2012.
Those interested in reading Paul's full piece can do so here .