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Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) received very large donations from the casino operators and casino employees in Las Vegas as he fought to retain his seat in the U. S. Senate. If anyone thought this was done simply out of the goodness of their hearts, we have the answer to clarify that little detail.
Sen. Reid has added a provision to the current package of tax continuation and unemployment benefit extensions that would legalize online poker gaming. He has also specified that any casino wishing to operate those online poker games would have had to have been in the business for at least the past five years. Those not qualifying would be barred from this deal for two years, thus giving existing casino operators the opportunity to already have achieved market dominance.
Not surprisingly, his friends in the Las Vegas casinos would seem ideally suited to the requirements of this little add-on from good ole’ Sen. Reid.
This is yet another blatant payback by a politician for favors received. Had those casino operators not ponied up additional money and caused their employees to pony up additional money for Sen. Reid, he feared that he might have lost to the Tea Party candidate. It defies the imagination to think there is no linkage between the ‘donations’ and this add-on by the Senator. This deal had to have been the quid pro quo that got more money into his campaign. These things simply do not happen by accident in that world.
Political paybacks 101, indeed.