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Retired US politician Ron Paul blasted Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz this week over his views on the Restoration of America's Wire Act, which Paul claims is an assault on states rights.
Paul said that Chaffetz is attacking states rights, which are protected by the US Constitution and said that the bill failed to even reach a vote last year even though the bill was being pushed by "one Las Vegas billionaire, who stands to benefit financially from a federal ban limiting competition in the gambling industry."
Paul also stated that while critics of online gambling have the right to state their beliefs on the matter, they do not have the right to force their moral position on other citizens. Chaffetz is one of the chief proponents of the RAWA, as he introduced the bill into the US House of Representatives at the request of Las Vegas Sands owner Sheldon Adelson, who has contributed heavily to Chaffetz's political coffers in the past. If passed, the RAWA would effectively outlaw online gambling in the United States, even in spots that have regulated the activity such as New Jersey.