US and International Gambling Companies Spend Millions Lobbying Government Officials 15.12.2011

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The USA state of Florida is facing a major legislative move with regards to the gambling industry. A bill has been put forward before the Florida Legislature that if approved will allow the establishment of a super-casino resort.

The bill dubbed the “destination gaming” bill first needs to pass with the Florida Senate before it can progress to the Florida House of Representatives. This bill has divided the Floridians with some feeling that the super-casino is just the right business to revive their recession-stricken economy, while others feel that the super-casino will cause more harm than good.

It seems that whether the bill passes or not, there is one group of individuals that is already turning a profit. This group is called lobbyists. They are hired by various interest groups, corporations or even by governmental bodies in order to promote a specific agenda.

Lobbyists are used by big industry leaders to influence government officials to legislate laws that would help their industry or avoid legislation that would harm their industry, and constantly apply pressure to make legislators lower taxes.

Every big industry in the world does everything in its power to ensure the governments allow it to operate their businesses without too much governmental interference and at minimal cost. This way the industry’s profitability is at its highest.

It is estimated that millions were spent on various lobbyists with regards to the Florida “destination gaming” bill. Some estimate that $2.6 million was spent on lobbyists just in the third quarter of the last year.

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