Dear Mr. Brown,
Thank you for mass emailing me something I already know. I would also like to thank you for your timely return. However, Online poker is overseas because there are financial restrictions regulating the transactions made for betting. Like the stock market, poker, is a "game" of incomplete information with less variables then the stock market. Because of your desire to regulate morality and desire to email me with incomplete facts, you will no longer receive my vote or my encouragement for others to vote for you. To be more blunt I will no longer be voting for your party in the future because of the utter incompetence displayed by you and your party as a whole and as individuals.
--- On Tue, 4/19/11, Sherrod Brown <Senator_Brown@brown.senate.gov> wrote:
From: Sherrod Brown <Senator_Brown@brown.senate.gov>
Subject: Reply from Senator Sherrod Brown
Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 5:04 PM
Dear Mr. Dawson:
Thank you for expressing your views on Internet gambling.
The Internet has become a major portal of communication in today’s world. It transmits all kinds of information and serves as a common form of communication between all citizens; this has transferred to the realm of gambling as well.
Americans bet more than $6 billion a year online. Online gambling opponents argue that because it is largely unregulated, online gambling tempts children and offers an opportunity for criminals to launder money. Regulating the industry is a problem in that most online gambling operations are based overseas and out of reach of US regulation.
On September 30, 2006, Congress passed and sent to President Bush the SAFE Port Act, which included the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.
This legislation makes it illegal for Americans to use financial instruments, such as checks and credit cards, to play online poker, place bets, and engage in other forms of gambling. However, the title exempts intrastate and intratribal Internet gambling operations that feature age and location verification requirements imposed as a matter of law.
Currently, bills have been introduced in the Senate and the House of Representatives to repeal or alter the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. Should these bills be brought before up for a vote, I will keep your views in mind. Thank you again for getting in touch with me.
United States Senator
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