Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection Statement on Subcommittee Hearing on Legislation to Ban Online Gaming

March 25, 2015

For Immediate Release:
March 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, Alison Siciliano, in response to a hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations on legislation introduced by Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) that would institute a nationwide ban on online gaming.

“This legislation would do nothing to protect consumers, state borders or children. In fact, the efforts for a ban have drawn opposition from children’s internet safety groups like WiredSafety, the National Governors Association, the Conference of State Legislatures, and the Fraternal Order of Police because it would push existing black market sites further into the shadows, increasing the risk for criminal activity such as fraud, money laundering and terrorist financing, and tie the hands of law enforcement in cracking down on these predatory practices.

“We encourage members of the subcommittee to see this bill for what it is – a disingenuous attempt by Sheldon Adelson to frame its passage as some sort of moral obligation when it does nothing to protect consumers who will continue to access the unregulated black market. We also encourage the subcommittee to focus on the clear intent of Congress in the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006, which made clear that the states had the power to prohibit or authorize gambling within their borders. This bill entirely ignores this fundamental states rights principle embodied in our Constitution.

“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 and we welcome a clear and transparent debate of this issue. We know that when policymakers examine the facts they will conclude that well-regulated gaming programs are safer for consumers and that individual states are best-suited to decide whether or not to implement gaming programs,” said Alison Siciliano, spokesperson for the Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection.

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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