On December 23, 2011, the Justice Department reversed its long-held position that gambling over the Internet is illegal. This decision opened the door to Internet gambling without any input from Congress or other elected leaders.
Now, some in Congress are working to restore the ban on Internet gambling, and they need your support.
Three states have already legalized Internet gambling and many more are actively considering following suit. Given the potential for money laundering, terrorism financing, fraud and other criminal activity, participation by minors, exploitation of individuals with a gaming addiction and the impact on jobs and economic activity, Congress must act now.
Please tell Congress that it's Time to Restore the Long Standing Policy Banning Internet Gambling.
I am writing to urge you to restore the US policy banning Internet gambling in order to allow the public time to fully examine and consider the implications of setting up a casino on every computer in America.
Internet gambling sites target the young, the elderly, and the most vulnerable of our citizens. The protections and regulations provided in land-based casinos that help prevent underage gambling, problem gamblers, and other illegal activity are virtually impossible to enforce on the Internet.
I'm worried that Internet gambling will be a prime target for criminals and terrorism and I don't think that it can be regulated effectively and without a huge new government bureaucracy.
Please pass the recently introduced legislation to restore the Wire Act and stop states from expanding Internet gambling before we have had a chance to examine its effects.
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