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Dirty Harry Reid Rewarding His Casino Backers With Online Gambling Monopolies

That really didn’t take long at all. Only a month after winning re-election with hundreds of thousands of dollars in casino contributions, Harry Reid is working to reward his campaign contributors by re-legalizing, then granting them with monopolies in online gambling.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is pushing behind the scenes for lame-duck legislation that would allow poker games over the Internet but restrict initial licenses to casinos and racetrack operators that have been in businesses at least five years.

Some of the biggest casino operators in Reid’s home state of Nevada are eager to get a piece of the online gambling industry, which generates an estimated $5 billion a year for offshore operators.

A congressional aide familiar with the issue said Reid aides were circulating the draft legislation, and a copy of it was obtained by The Associated Press. The aide was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter and did so only on condition of anonymity.

Four years ago, Congress effectively banned online gambling, passing legislation that prohibits banks and credit card companies from making payments to gambling websites. Supporters of online poker face less opposition with Democrats in charge of both chambers for another month. The House Financial Services Committee this year approved a bill that established a regulatory structure for online gambling.

Reid’s office would not answer questions about the legislation.

No, of course Harry Reid’s office doesn’t want to answer questions—some of them might be too inconvenient.

Back in October, we wondered why casinos had crawled into bed with union bosses to destroy the Tea Parties in Nevada.

Other than a general dislike for Sharon Angle, it didn’t really make sense at the time.

It certainly does now. Casino bosses knew they would hit the jackpot backing Dirty Harry.

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