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Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection responds to misguided online gaming ban that would put consumers at risk

February 4, 2015

For Immediate Release:
February 4, 2015

Contacts:
Kristen Hawn, 202-320-3792/khawn@c4cop.com
Alison Siciliano, 202-436-5565/aharden@c4cop.com

Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection responds to misguided online gaming ban that would put consumers at risk

(Washington DC) Today, the Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection (C4COP) released the following statement by coalition spokesperson, Alison Siciliano, in response to legislation introduced by Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) that would institute a congressional ban on online gaming.

“Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson has relentlessly twisted the arms of Members of Congress to pass an ill-conceived ban on Internet gaming. In fact, last month Adelson had an exclusive meeting with the Republican Members of the House Judiciary Committee on his online gaming ban. As a major political donor whose influence is unmatched in Washington, Adelson has said that he will spend ‘whatever it takes’ in his effort to institute a federal ban,” said Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection spokesperson, Alison Siciliano.

“The Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection welcomes a clear and transparent debate of this issue. We know that when policy makers examine the facts they will conclude that an online gaming ban will not only drive an existing black market further into the shadows, but will put consumers and children at even greater risk.

“We value the perspective of groups like internet child safety advocates WiredSafety, the National Fraternal Order of Police and National Conference of State Legislatures who have voiced opposition to a ban; as well as states like New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada that have already successfully implemented safe, regulated online gaming programs that protect adult consumers and result in important revenue for the states. Attempting to ban online gaming would:

Put American consumers at high risk – Regulated and licensed online games require adherence to stringent anti-money laundering requirements, effective geo-location regimes, and consumer safety protections. Unregulated, black market websites provide no such protections and are therefore a major concern for consumers and law enforcement agencies.

Trample states’ rights – Online gaming programs and online lotteries have been safely and successfully implemented in many states, producing critical revenue. A ban would effectively usurp the will of the states in favor of the federal government in determining online gambling policy.

Block protections for minors – The proposed gaming ban would block implementation of common sense protections for millions of Americans, including blocking the use of cutting edge technology to protect minors.

Undermine current law – A congressional ban on online gaming would undermine current law, which recognizes that horse racing, fantasy sports and intrastate authorized gaming and lotteries are not subject to restrictions set forth by UIGEA.

“Our Coalition is committed to ensuring that the public is aware of the severe consequences that would result from Adelson’s ban on online gaming. We give voice to the businesses, local officials, law enforcement, consumer safety advocates and others who know this ban is bad policy,” said Siciliano.

To learn more about the Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection visit our website at www.c4cop.com.

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