The Poker Players Alliance has furnished its 1.2 million members with a rating guide on the position of members of the US Congress on the legalization of poker.
In a letter to members this week, PPA chairman former Senator Alphonse D'Amato said that in its extensive efforts to promote poker on Capitol Hill the organisation has collected much information about members of Congress and their stance on poker.
"We have compiled this data for you in an easy to use guide," the former Senator wrote. "PPA's official Congressional Rating Guide gives grades from A+ to F- to every member of the U.S. House and Senate based on their position on poker.
"Members of Congress for whom a position could not be determined are noted with a question mark. The ratings Web site can be found at www.congressionalpoker.org.
"In most cases, grades are based on co-sponsorship of bills, Congressional letters of support, public statements and private meetings with the PPA and our members due to the lack of full votes by either the House or Senate. Grades are not permanent and this guide will be updated periodically. Our goal is for all Members of Congress to score a grade of A or better."
The PPA Congressional Rating Guide is searchable by state and by zip code. As an additional benefit, visitors to the website can automatically send an email to congressional representatives directly from the guide to let the politicians know how the sender feels about their grade and voice support of the "great game of poker."
D'Amato ends his letter: "Knowing how your elected officials stand on the issues important to you is half the battle – letting them know that you're a voter who supports poker takes care of the rest."
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