The Poker Player’s Alliance is spearheading an online petition campaign in an attempt to garner attention from President Obama regarding online poker legislation. The White House asked citizens to submit petitions at their official website of whitehouse.gov for serious issues that affect the country. If at least 5,000 signatures are received, it is promised that White House staffers and policy makers will look over the petition and a response will be given.
The petition was posted by Drew Lesofski, the PPA’s director of grassroots and external affairs. It petitions the Obama Administration to “protect consumers, create jobs, and generate revenue by licensing and regulating online poker.” At the time of writing this article, there are 6,996 signature on the petition. Users must register for an account with Whitehouse.gov in order to sign a petition. Also, if a significant number of petitions are submitted, the number of required signatures may be raised. Users have until October 22nd to sign.
PPA vice-president of player relations Rich Muny stated, “What we really want is to show the administration that a lot of people care about this liberty. We want it to always be in their heads that poker is in the top-tier of Americans’ interests. To me, that is more important than what response we get from the administration.”
In addition, he stated, “It’s very important for everyone in the community to participate. We want to stay above any bar they choose. It’s very gratifying that the White House thought a good proposal would take 30 days to get 5,000 votes and we did it in three days. That shows the strength of our community. More votes will increase our priority in getting an answer. Every additional signature is an important one.”
At present, there are 100 petitions online and numerous petitions are above the total for the online poker legislation petition. Some of the those include petitions to:
Legalize and Regulate Marajuana in Manner Similar to Alcohol
Legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana
Stop Interfering with State Marijuana Legalization Efforts
Allow Industrial Hemp to be Grown in the U.S. Once Again
Remove “Under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance
Remove “In God We Trust” from Currency
Remove tax exemptions from churches
Restore democracy by ending corporate personhood
Abolish the TSA
Forgive Student Loan Debt
Reallocate Defense Funds to Nasa
Repeal the Defense of Marriage Act
End the War on Drugs0
Give states the freedom to establish marijuana laws
Dissolve the electoral college
Make election days national holidays
With so many petitions already above the 5,000 limit, poker players that have not already signed should do so to make their voices heard. The number of petitions and votes will surely go up in the days and weeks ahead, so if you want a say in this matter, sign the petition.