"If you support generating tax revenue without increasing taxes, as well as creating domestic jobs instead of outsourcing them, you will support the licensing and regulation of online poker. If you do not, you will lose my vote in the 2012 election."
So, What Can You Do?
Know What to Say, Know Who to Say it To, Say It
The quote above (taken from the WickedChops website, link below) pretty much says it all and it's pretty much the ONLY message politicians are going to understand. But to get that message, you (me, all of us) have to do something. I blogged this weekend calling Black Friday poker's Stonewall. I was frustrated because I knew I needed to do something, but I had no clue what to do. Since then, there've been many great action plans formulated by a lot of good people in the community.
I went through all the information I could find and summarized it in what I hope will be easy-to-do steps so that you, too, will take action. I agree wholeheartedly that wrongdoing must be governed and punished appropriately under the law, but I firmly believe that - if every US poker player takes at least one of the actions outlined below - Black Friday can ultimately serve as the catalyst to license and regulate online poker so that we can get back to playing.
- Know What to Say
What to cut and paste into a letter/email:
As a voter and tax-paying constituent, I am writing to ask for you to support the licensing and regulation of online poker in the United States.
The recent DoJ indictments of PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker only underscores the tremendous opportunity that exists right now for the U.S. Government (and its citizens) to benefit from the regulation of online poker.
Online poker is estimated to generate over $42 billion in tax revenue over the next 10 years and create over 37,000 domestic jobs.
Along with tax and job creation, regulating online poker provides consumer protection safeguards that have not existed in the past.
In short, Federal online poker regulation is fairly cut & dry:
If you support generating tax revenue WITHOUT increasing taxes, as well as creating domestic jobs instead of outsourcing them, you will support the licensing and regulation of online poker. If you do not, you will lose my vote in the 2012 election.
- Online poker regulation will “repatriate” funds and generating tax revenues.
- Online poker regulation will stimulate business by creating tens of thousands of domestic jobs.
- Online poker regulation protects children and adults by creating safeguards for participation.
- Online poker regulation protects the consumer by enforcing safety standards.
- Know Who To Say It To
You can also call:
US DOJ, Office of the Attorney General Public Comment Line (202) 353-1555
White House Phone Number for Comments: 202-456-1111
You can also post your thoughts on the US Department of Justice Facebook page
(you have to like the page, first)
- Say It
Other good resources: US Pokers Action Plan, Interview with the First Lady of Poker, @Mark_Gahagan's blog, Most Excellent BWoP blog.