CLBR Segment 1: AGA’s Frank Fahrenkopf, Jr. on Online Gambling’s Comeback

CLBR SEGMENT 1

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THE REVIVAL OF ONLINE GAMBLING IN THE US WITH AGA PRESIDENT FRANK FAHRENKOPF, JR. 

From UIGEA to Atlantic City . . .

2006

  • Congress passes the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (or UIGEA) which shuts down domestic online gambling.

2011

  • Justice Department issues opinion that federal law does not restrict states from setting up intrastate online gambling.

2012

  • Delaware becomes first state to legalize intrastate online gambling.

2013

  • New Jersey becomes 3rd state to adopt online gambling.
  • Antigua on verge of opening online consumer software and digital media store without paying royalties as part of judgment in US trade dispute over online gambling.

Resources:  DOJ Opinion Revives Online Gambling in USThe Rasta Mouse That Roared: Why Antigua Is on the Verge of Becoming the “Pirate iTunes” (Legally);  New Jersey Becomes Third State to Approve Online Gambling, More to Follow;  State Watch: Tiny Delaware Enters Online Gambling; IL Bans Shoulder Browsing

MEET OUR GUEST

Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr. is president and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA). In his role as the chief executive of the AGA, Fahrenkopf is the national advocate for the commerical casino industry and is responsible for positioning the association to address regulatory, politicial and educational issues affecting the industry.

A lawyer by profession, Fahrenkopf gained national prominence during the 1980s when he served as chairman of the Republican national party for six of President Ronald Reagan’s eight years in the White House. (1983 to 1989). When Fahrenkopf retired in January 1989, he has served as chairman of the Republican National Committee longer than any person in the 20th century (and second-longest in the history of the party) and led the party through two successful presidential campaigns in 1984 and 1989.

Fahrenkopf continues to serve in a variety of political capacities. He presently is co-chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates, which conducts the general election presidential and vice presidential debates in presidential election years. He co-founded the commission in 1986 with Democratic National committee chairman Paul Kirk.

Prior to becoming the AGA’s first executive officer on June 1, 1995, Fahrenkopf was a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Hogan & Hartson, where he chaired the International Trade Practice Group.

AGA WEBSITE: http://www.americangaming.org/

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