It is now the time for the elections and each party is breaking out a campaign designed to get the most votes. When the Republican Party took the stage, they spoke about reforms and did not seem to be too much in favor of any bill promotion online poker legally in the US. In fact, they went one step ahead and looked to cut online gambling. “Millions of Americans suffer from problem or pathological gambling that can destroy families. We support the prohibition of gambling over the Internet and call for reversal of the Justice Department’s decision distorting the formerly accepted meaning of the Wire Act that could open the door to Internet betting,” their report said. It must also be argued that the Democrats are taking a stance where they want to regulate the internet and prevent horrors like child pornography and human trafficking and games associated to such terrible acts.
However, in the recent campaign when the Democratic Party took the stage in Charlotte, North Carolina at the National Convention, they avoided mentioning anything either for or against internet poker or online gambling in the US. They did not disparage online poker and the only mention made by this group was in reference to internet freedom. “The Obama administration has led the world to recognize and defend Internet freedom – the freedom of expression, assembly, and association online for people everywhere…” their report stated on page 69. The report also mentioned an intention to “preserve the Internet as a platform for commerce, debate, learning, and innovation in the 21st century.”
The Democratic National Platform report was met with a mixed reaction from poker organizations and the poker community. Since the group had completely managed to avoid the matter of online gambling, it remains to be seen where they plan on supporting it or have the same views as the Republican party.
The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) may be a bit disappointed not to have any direct support from this group. “PPA learned that the 2012 Democratic Party Platform is silent on the issue of online poker. While clearly far better than advocacy for a ban, I think they missed a golden opportunity to reach out to America’s poker players and supporters in what is sure to be a very close election,” stated John Pappas, executive director for the PPA.
“Countless Democratic members of Congress have expressed their support of a licensed and regulated online poker market in the U.S. and we are working diligently to advance legislation to make this a reality. With so many issues drawing hard lines in the sand between Democrats and Republicans this year, this is one issue that is naturally bipartisan,” he added