The classic story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas came frighteningly close to reality for the U.S. gaming industry five years ago as members of Congress rushed to finish a lame duck session and return home for the holidays.
Las Vegas Sands chairman Sheldon Adelson and his lobbyists launched an aggressive last-minute offensive to include a bill called the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA), which would ban all internet gambling in a massive spending package that had to pass Congress to prevent a government shutdown.
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