SOURCE: Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling

March 25, 2015 15:35 ET

Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling Launches Educational Campaign

Senator Blanche Lincoln Speaks out Against Dangers of Online Gambling in Support of H.R. 707, Which Would Restore the Ban on Internet Gambling

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - March 25, 2015) - The Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling (CSIG) announces a new campaign to create awareness of the dangers of Internet gambling. The campaign urges parents across the country to contact their members of Congress in support of upcoming bill H.R. 707, which would restore the ban on Internet gambling.

"We want to let every member of Congress know that we don't want our homes to become casinos," says Senator Blanche Lincoln, Co-chair for the CSIG. "Our families are at risk from the predatory practices of Internet gambling companies."

As a part of the new campaign, the CSIG recently distributed a video that shows exactly how Internet gambling can happen in homes across the country.

Children are particularly susceptible to targeting, as many casinos use cartoon icons and name their games with titles such as 'Kitty Glitter," "Santa's Surprise" and "Transformers Ultimate Playback." Because many families share devices, such as tablets and smartphones, access to gaming by minors is difficult to restrict. And, although online gaming companies claim that technology is in place to prevent children from gaining access to gambling sites, the CSIG and its supporters believe the risk is too high.

"There is no amount of technology that can prevent kids from gaining access to their parents' online IDs and poker accounts," says Lincoln. "As a mother and legislator, I believe that Internet gambling takes gambling too far. I urge other mothers to make their voices heard by contacting their representatives in Congress and voice support for H.R. 707."

The legal battle centers around the interpretation of former Attorney General Robert Kennedy's Federal Wire Act, which was reversed after 50 years of precedent by the Justice Department in December 2011. The reversal opened the door for states to authorize non-sports wagering over the Internet. The federal ban was lifted without consultation of the Attorney General on the 10th Amendment and law enforcement needs or any opportunity for public comment.

The CSIG has made it easy to contact your Congressional representatives and ask them to cosponsor H.R. 707. Simply visit www.stopinternetgambling.com/take-action.

About the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling

The Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling is a group of legislators, public officials, companies and concerned citizens that are organized for the purpose of supporting the restoration of the policy banning Internet gambling. The CSIG seeks to give Congress and the public time to fully examine and consider such issues as the potential for money laundering, terrorism financing, fraud and other criminal activity, participation by minors, exploitation of individuals with a gaming addiction and the impact on jobs and economic activity.

The Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling is always looking for new partners, advocates and helping hands. To become a Coalition Partner, please visit http://stopinternetgambling.com

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