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Discussion in 'Casino Industry Discussion' started by cipher, Jul 20, 2006.

    Jul 20, 2006
  1. cipher

    cipher Banned member - being a jerk

    It looks like the Costa Rican authorities know who butters their bread.

    Have a good one.
    1 person likes this.
  2. Jul 21, 2006
  3. Westland Bowl

    Westland Bowl Tin Foil Hat Club Member CAG PABnonaccred

    not applicable
    Well, it ain't going to be smooth sailing for DOJ. Hopefully any action by spooked sportsbooks/casinos will be short-lived.
  4. Jul 21, 2006
  5. jetset

    jetset Ueber Meister CAG

    Senior Partner, InfoPowa News Service
    Doolittle Flip Flop

    Here's the reasons for one Representative changing his vote to support the Goodlatte Bill this time around. I wonder how many other votes were genuinely motivated by a desire to protect the American people from themselves:

    From The Union.com:

    Doolittle supports anti-Web gambling bill

    'Flip flop' vote criticized by Democratic challenger Brown

    By Josh Singer, This email is not visible to you.
    July 20, 2006

    Rep. John Doolittle voted to support an anti-Internet gambling bill last week after voting against a similar measure in 2000. The bill passed the House by a 317-93 margin.

    Doolittle's vote is a "flip-flop," said Todd Stenhouse, spokesperson for Democratic challenger Charlie Brown, who was campaigning in Plumas County Wednesday.

    "The difference between 2000 and 2006 is Jack Abramoff lobbying," Stenhouse said, referring to the former lobbyist with close connections to Doolittle.

    Doolittle's Washington, D.C., spokesperson Laura Blackann said that six years ago, "members of Congress were concerned that ambiguities in the bill would actually cause online gambling to be expanded." Democratic congressmen also changed their vote on the bill, she said.

    Doolittle's political record on gambling has drawn the ire of "watchdog" groups, such as the Washington, D.C., nonprofit, Democracy 21.

    Fred Wertheimer, Democracy 21 president, earlier this month asked the House Ethics Committee to investigate Doolittle's actions on behalf of two Indian tribes that were Abramoff's clients, citing reports published in the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call.

    Doolittle sent letters on behalf of the Sac and Fox of the Mississippi in Iowa in June 2003 and the Wampanaog of Massachusetts in October 2003, according to the Department of the Interior.

    The congressman sent the letters while Doolittle's wife, Julie Doolittle, was receiving payments through her company from Abramoff's law firm, Blackann said. Abramoff pleaded guilty to charges of fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials in January. Julie Doolittle earns a commission on campaign funds she raises for her husband, some of which they share for personal use.

    Blackann denied any wrongdoing by the congressman, who has hired lawyer David Barger, who specializes in white-collar crime and public corruption.

    Doolittle intervened in matters outside of California's 4th Congressional District because the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which handles matters such as allowing tribes to open casinos, is "very bureaucratic," Blackann said, and Doolittle wanted to expedite the process.

    Wertheimer quoted the Ethics Manual for Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in his letter requesting an investigation.

    "A member, officer, or employee of the House of Representatives shall receive no compensation nor shall he permit any compensation to accrue to his beneficial interest from any source, the receipt of which would occur by virtue of influence improperly exerted from his position in Congress," states the Ethics Manual.
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  6. Jul 21, 2006
  7. paul1

    paul1 Dormant account

    Doesn't it seem just a wee bit arrogant for the FBI to go down there expecting to have their way? :rolleyes:
  8. Jul 21, 2006
  9. jetset

    jetset Ueber Meister CAG

    Senior Partner, InfoPowa News Service
    That struck me as well - normally an inter-government action like this would be diplomatically prepped in advance? Maybe it was, but the FBI jetted down there anyway....
  10. Jul 21, 2006
  11. cipher

    cipher Banned member - being a jerk

    Hi Jet:

    Since when do Storm Troppers need to be prepped? Just look at the way the Feds put the heat on Allegiant Air when BoDog wanted to pay Allegiant Air $6,000.000.00 to have BoDog's graphics put on the fuselages of Allegiant Air aircraft and the Feds advised Allegiant Air that it would not be a good idea to do that. Now that's racketeering.

    Have a good one.
  12. Jul 21, 2006
  13. lots0

    lots0 Banned User - troll posts - flaming PABnonaccred

    I do nothing productive
    Hell on Earth
    Ever since the US police (both local and fed) started shaving their heads, wearing ski masks (or dark sun glasses) and black leather gloves... I figgured they were just another gang, maybe with better manners, a little better armed and financed than the rest, but still just another gang.

    Where I live you can expect a call from the local police about once a month asking for a 'donation' to the police retirement fund... I also pay the local west side gang, so my property does not get screwed up or my house burned down...
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2006
  14. Jul 21, 2006
  15. cipher

    cipher Banned member - being a jerk

    Hi Lots0:


    Have a good one.

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