September 25, 2008 - Here's yet another reason why
you should support Democratic Presidential nominee, Barack
Obama and his VP Joe Biden. Hunter Biden - Joe Biden's
youngest son - is a supporter of online gambling regulation.
In fact, the rumor is that he has been working as a
Washington lobbyist for Party Gaming shareholder and
founders, Russ De Leon and wife, Ruth Parasol. Oh, and did I
mention that Obama himself is a fan of poker?
Ya, I know that's no reason to vote for a
Presidential candidate - Nor does Hunter Biden's stance necessarily mean that
either Biden Sr. or Obama would take charge in regulating online gambling.
Remember, we're not talking about the good'ol boys club anymore, where "you
scratch my back, I scratch yours" is the law of the land. In reality, it's
really just a coincidence.
The fact of the matter is that Hunter Biden's
law firm, Oldaker, Biden and Belair, was hired by De Leon and Parasol. And
rather than trying to legalize
online poker and casino gambling, Biden's firm
lobbied to persuade Congress to pass a law that simply clarified the ambiguous
Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), and thereby protect Party
Gaming from any legal repercussions for having participated in online gambling
activities prior to the passing of the UIGEA. The U.S. DOJ has certainly been
a junkyard dog when it comes to internet betting, and considering Party
Gaming's former presence in the U.S., there fears are quite understandable.
When all is said and done, however, Hunter Biden
ceased all lobbying activities when his father was elected Vice President by
the Democratic National Committee. It wasn't until he was asked by reporters
about the association with expatriates De Leon and Parasol, that the Obama
campaign even felt the need to address the situation and clear his record.
If anything, Biden's actions are a testament to
how serious Barack Obama is about changing how things are run in Washington,
which we all know has plenty to do with insider lobbying. No more, says Obama,
whose campaign hasn't received a single dime from lobbyists, unlike John
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