Sheldon Adelson hires Connie Mack’s firm to lobby against online gambling

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The casino corporation headed by Republican donor Sheldon Adelson has hired Mack Strategies, a firm led by former GOP U.S. Rep. Connie Mack.

Mack role will be promoting the top priority for Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corp.: Restoration of America’s Wire Act, a measure sponsored by Sen. Lindsey Graham to ban all forms of online gambling.

Adelson has engaged several firms to address the issue that is divisive even within members of the gaming industry.

According to Senate lobbying records, Las Vegas Sands employed The Keelen Group, Capitol Counsel, Lincoln Policy Group and Steptoe & Johnson — all since February 2014.

Las Vegas Sands also registered with Husch Blackwell, spending $200,000 between five firms in the first quarter of 2014.

Adelson stands virtually alone in this anti-online gaming push, particularly among gaming corporations. Most other major casino operators are opposing him; they see online gambling as an emerging market.

Internet gambling has also split the main industry trade association, the American Gaming Association, which have backed off from the fight. Adelson pledges to spend whatever is necessary of his fortune to push the online gaming ban through Congress and has the attention of many leading Republicans  on Capitol Hill.

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