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Former majority leader lobbying for online gambling opponents

Former majority leader lobbying for online gambling opponents
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Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.), former Sen. John Breaux (D-La.) and a host of other former congressional staffers will lobby for a group pushing a ban on Internet gambling. 

The Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling — backed by GOP donor and casino owner Sheldon Adelson — hired the lobbying firm Squire Patton Boggs, according to disclosures filed Tuesday. 

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The group is lobbying in support of the Restoration of America’s Wire Act, which would renew federal restrictions on online gambling. 

It would reinstate the original interpretation of the Wire Act, which was used to prosecute early Internet gambling such as online poker. The Justice Department changed its interpretation in 2011 to say the law should not be used to go after online gambling, except traditional sports betting.

The legislation has been introduced in the House and Senate and is cosponsored by a pair of GOP presidential candidates in the Senate — Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDespite veto threat, Congress presses ahead on defense bill GOP urges Trump not to tank defense bill over tech fight Republican frustration builds over Cabinet picks MORE (S.C.) and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP urges Trump not to tank defense bill over tech fight Pressure builds for coronavirus relief with no clear path to deal The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Coast-to-coast fears about post-holiday COVID-19 spread MORE (Fla.).

Lott and Breaux, who owned their own lobbying firm before it was acquired by Squire Patton Boggs, represent a number of other clients, including Solar Energy Industries Association and Red Flat Nickel Corporation. 

Others lobbying for the coalition include David Schnittger, former deputy chief of staff for Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFeehery: How GOP takes back the House in two years Warren, Brown voice support for controversial Biden budget office pick Principles to unify America MORE (R-Ohio), as well as Bret Boyles, Matthew Cutts and David Hoppe.