Billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson has hired the firm of Blanche Lincoln, the former Democratic Senator from Arkansas, to reinstate the ban on Internet gambling.
He has argued that online gaming is bad for society and brick & motor casinos that could shut down, triggering a loss of jobs.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) reportedly will introduce a measure to re-establish the Wire Act’s prohibition of Internet gambling.
Adelman is a major supporter of the Republican party, and single-handedly funded Newt Gingrich’s quixotic race for the GOP’s nomination to win the Oval Office during the 2012 election.
High-profile GOP Senator Lindsey Graham reportedly will introduce a measure to put the kibosh on online gambiling.’
Lincoln is doing Adelson’s bidding with an assist from Robert Holifield, who was her chief of staff.
Adelson, 80, is a member of Bloomberg’s 2014 roster of billionaires with a worth of $41B.
He helms Las Vegas Sands Corp., owner of the Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino and Sands Expo & Convention Center, and has a financial stake in media properties in Israel.
Lincoln, 53, served in Congress and held the Senate seat from 1999 until 2012 when John Boozman defeated her. At 38, she was the youngest female to be elected a U.S. Senator.