Meetings & Information


Thursday, July 23, 2015

2016 Presidential candidates on predatory gambling

We're releasing a summary this fall of where the 2016 presidential candidates stand on predatory gambling. You can read an initial draft summary here.
Because many of you live in states where these candidates are from or you may support one or more of them, please email us any information you may have about their positions on predatory gambling (whether it is commercial casinos, tribal casinos, state lotteries or internet gambling.) Please include the media source, the date and the internet link if you have it.
Nearly every one of these candidates is talking about "fairness," "opportunity," "equality" and "poverty" as the core themes of their campaigns. Yet any political leader who is genuinely committed to opportunity and fairness for middle class and low income Americans, and who wants to do something real and meaningful about it without being ideologically divisive, needs to start by stopping the cheating and exploitation of everyday citizens. You're being rip-offed whether you gamble or not. You pay even if you don't play.
This recent, must-read column by The Washington Post's Michael Gerson powerfully summarized our message and our mission.
The presidential campaign debate provides all of us a unique opportunity to get our country to live up to what we say we believe as individuals and as a nation. This issue is one of the best examples of it.
Les Bernal
National Director, Stop Predatory Gambling
End government-sponsored gambling because it is dishonest, financially damaging to citizens and contributes to rising unfairness and inequality in our country.

Stop Predatory Gambling Foundation ι 100 Maryland Avenue NE, Room 310 ι Washington, D.C. 20002 ι (202) 567-6996

No comments: