Originally Posted by LetsGambool
The problem is that I think that even with Federal lobbyists we arent going to have a voice in Federal legislation. We will have a voice in writing the Barton bill or in the Frank bill....but those bills aren't going to pass.
The voices that will shape Federal Legislation are Harry Reid and Jon Kyl, and I dont see our lobbyists having much of an effect with either one. The AGA white paper will get more bang for the buck than our cash.
So I understand that we're giving up our voice on shaping legislation...but the honest truth is I dont think we have a voice in shaping the details. Not if the AGA or Jon Kyl disagrees at least.
God help me, but I think the most effective thing our lobbyists can actually argue for is something like DQ's pay players first provision since the AGA might not actually have a stance on tacking that on at the end.
Come on now, LG, did it really take an epiphany ?
This ain't my first rodeo.
Pay Players First is a NO COST legislative item to any of the Big Boys.
It makes perfect sense to try and actually get something tangible this time around, even if it is only a $150,000,000 bone tossed to the PPA from the Big Boys' Table.
Face it, when the elephants are fighting over the substantive portions of "The Bill", the grass will get trampled.
The PPA has ZERO shot at getting anything substantive included regarding the shape of the regulated industry. At least it can try and help out millions of poker players to get paid with funds seized from their insolvent providers.
In fact, Pay Players First benefits the US industry going forward.
It could put $150,000,000 or so back into the pockets of US poker players, at a time when US-licensed sites are launching the "Only Game In Town". It also could alleviate some of the bad taste online poker got from DOJ forking manure down the players' collective well. This argument may be strong enough to encourage the AGA to acquiesce or even support "priming the poker pump" with seed money otherwise seized by DOJ and to be wasted by the Administration on (whatever).
If the PPA is actually going to be "player-representative" in the long term, meaning an independent voice in the post-bill regulatory process; aside from a need to have a discernable effect politically THIS time around, it will also need to put its financial house in order. A strong step in that direction would help its credibility going forward.
As for the DC Lobbyists, it sounds like some folks believe that just because the PPA is paying their bills, they are not really in the Industry/AGA's pocket...... because he sups today at the PPA trough today ?
Lobbyiists are ALL in it for the money, today's and tomorrow's.