Democratic Platform Avoids Mention of Internet Gaming


An editorial in the Las Vegas Review-Journal criticizes the 70-page Democratic National Platform for using the words "Internet" and "Internet Freedom" 12 times but neglecting to address the hot topic of legalizing Internet gaming.

The platform promises to ensure that 98 percent of U.S. citizens would have access to wireless Internet. The plank on Internet freedom promotes online "commerce, debate, learning, and innovation in the 21st century."

The Democratic platform was released a week after Republicans issued a call for a "prohibition" on Internet gaming in their platform, as well as a reversal of the December 2011 Department of Justice (DOJ) opinion that opened Internet gaming, with the exception of sports betting, to tribes and states.

Regardless, the Democratic Party outright omitted mention of online poker and gaming.

"The move was somewhat frustrating to Internet poker proponents and Nevada's major casino companies, many of which are asking Congress to approve federal legislation that would legalize and regulate online poker in the United States," stated Howard Stutz of the Review-Journal.

But according to John Pappas, executive director of the Poker Players Alliance, a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying organization, the language of the Democratic platform does not reflect the party's position on the issue.

Internet gaming aside, the Democratic platform shows support for tribal sovereignty.