Thursday July 16,2015 : ANTI-ONLINE GAMBLING LOBBYING IN THE U.S.A. GROWS
Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling hires yet another lobbying firm.
Land casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson's threat to spend "whatever it takes" to ban online gambling in the United States has resulted in what is probably a very expensive initiative involving a mix of political donations, funding for an action body, PR and advertising costs and the hiring of several top lobbying firms.
The latest of these lobbying companies to join the fight to get Adelson's Restoration of America's Wire Act through Congress is Squire Patton Boggs in Washington, which the Adelson-funded Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling has hired, according to a report in The Hill.
There are some heavy political hitters in the firm, including former Senate Majority Leader and Republican Trent Lott, former Sen. John Breaux and a number of former congressional staffers.
Lott and Breaux owned their own lobbying firm before it was acquired by Squire Patton Boggs.
The Hill reports that others lobbying for the coalition include David Schnittger, former deputy chief of staff for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), as well as Bret Boyles, Matthew Cutts and David Hoppe.