Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection Statement on Graham and Rubio introduction of Adelson Gaming Ban

June 25, 2015

For Immediate Release:

June 25, 2015

Alison Siciliano, 202-436-5565/
Kristen Hawn, 202-320-3792/

(Washington, DC) Today, the Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection (C4COP) released the following statement by coalition spokesperson, Kristen Hawn, in response to Sen. Graham and Sen. Rubio introducing legislation that would institute a congressional ban on online gaming. The legislation, a House version of which was introduced by Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), has drawn wide-ranging opposition from law enforcement, states rights supporters and Internet safety advocates across the country.

“It is unfortunate that Sen. Graham and Sen. Rubio and several colleagues have chosen to carry Adelson’s water in the US Senate. By introducing this ill-conceived piece of legislation in spite of broad bipartisan opposition, they have chosen political interests over the interests of sound policy. Law enforcement officials and Internet safety advocates alike have said that it does nothing to protect children and consumers from online predators, and nothing to prevent illegal activity such as money laundering and identity theft. In fact, both the Fraternal Order of Police and WiredSafety, the nation’s preeminent online safety group, argue that this bill only exacerbates dangerous illegal activity online by pushing an already thriving black market further into the shadows.

“State lotteries, local officials, sitting governors and other states rights advocates have also voiced their strong opposition to this legislation because it clearly usurps the ability of states to implement safe, regulated online gaming programs – programs that have proven effective in states like Delaware, New Jersey and Nevada. In passing the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006, Congress made clear that the states had the power to prohibit or authorize gambling within their borders. This bill entirely ignores this fundamental principle of federalism embodied in our Constitution.”

Following is a list of organizations that have voiced strong opposition to the Adelson bill:

National Governors Association

Letter from Governors Robert Bentley and Earl Ray Tomblin, Chair and Vice Chair of NGA Economic Development and Commerce Committee, to House and Senate Leadership

Democratic Governors Association  

Letter from DGA Chairs Governor Steve Bullock (MT) and Governor Maggie Wood Hassan (NH) 

National Fraternal Order of Police

Letter from President Chuck Canterbury to Senator Lindsey Graham

Letter from President Chuck Canterbury to House and Senate Leadership


State Chapters of the Fraternal Order of Police

CA FOP letter to Representatives Karen Bass and Judy Chu

OH FOP letter to Representative Steven Chabot

VA FOP letter to Representative Randy Forbes

National Conference of State Legislatures

Letter from NCSL President Senator Bruce Starr and President-Elect Debbie Smith

North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL)

Letter from NASPL Executive Director David Gale to Senator Lindsey Graham

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