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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 McCain.

Originally published: September, 2008 | Categories: Gambling

 

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