by Bill Levinson
Law enforcement warned the Obama campaign against running lotteries, but Obama is doing it again anyway. We encourage our readers to report this Web page to their states’ gambling law enforcement agencies.
(Google cache of the Web page touting the lottery)
ALSO: Has anyone received one of these solicitations by POSTAL mail from the Obama campaign? It is illegal to promote a lottery through the U.S. Mail.
Obama camp’s illegal lottery modified: Campaign’s promotion strayed into definition of banned gambling reports,
- Democrat Barack Obama’s presidential campaign has moved quickly to fix a promotion that strayed into the area of illegal gambling after WND broke the story on the activity.
The campaign was offering a chance to be picked for a trip to the Democratic National Convention for a contribution of at least $5. However, as a gambling analyst for Colorado-based Focus on the Family told WND, that not only probably violated state laws banning gambling, it also probably violated federal bans.
Doug Forsman, a special agent with Minnesota’s Department of Public Safety, had confirmed the illegality of the promotion.
He gave the campaign two options, the newspaper said, to void the contest where such bans exist or to change the rules to allow people to participate without gambling any of their money.
Forsman confirmed Kendall Burman, staff counsel at Obama’s Chicago headquarters, informed him the “donation,” which had been a requirement earlier, would be made optional.
Today, October 31, the Obama campaign broke its promise to Minnesota’s Department of Public Safety.
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From: Barack Obama
Subject: Will you join me on Election Night?
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