Originally Posted by LetsGambool
I donated a reasonable amount of money to PokerPAC over the last two political cycles. Not life changing money or anything, but I bet something close to $1000 give or take.
A material amount of that money was disavowed by politicians and donated to random charities because of the PPA's association with IGC members. If I had wanted to donate the money to charity, I would have done that.
Since the PPA is still taking money from the IGC, Im not giving money this cycle. Not because I dont want to support pro poker politicians with money, but because I dont feel confident that money I give to PokerPAC will actually accomplish that goal because politicians believe money coming from PokerPAC is tainted.
LetsGambol, first let me thank you for any contribution you made to PokerPAC, but I also feel the need to clarify the misnomer that somehow PokerPAC is tainted. That just isn't the case. We continue to fully participate in the political process through our pac (i.e. attending and hosting fundraising events, endorsements of candidates, etc.). To our knowledge only two of the more than 100 candidates we have supported with PokerPAC money supposedly donated our contributions to charity: Dean Heller and Shelley Berkley. And truth be told they are in a heated race for the NV Senate and in my opinion (and the opinion of others) acted in a rash manner when they made that decision. Interestingly, Harry Reid said very clearly that he would not send back PPA money because it represents contributions from the poker community at large, not troubled companies or executives of those companies.
So the short of it is that PokerPAC is alive and well and still deserves the support of the poker community.
John A. Pappas
Executive Director, PPA