Grassroots Campaign Against UIGEA Launched in the UK
By Marianne Lambert
UK companies, UC group and Baker Tilly Accountants, have announced the introduction of the “Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative”, in support of recent moves to regulate Internet gambling in the US.

The initiative is set to stand in opposition to the blanket prohibitive legislation in the US in the form of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. In addition, a re-opening of the US market would see the return of significant profits to both companies.

UC Group has fought the UIGEA since its inception, and can offer technology to detect compulsive gambling as well as money laundering and underage gambling. This will support Barney Frank’s proposed bill for a legal and regulated online gambling industry.

“The Initiative is both to educate parts of the public as well as to garner grassroots support from other companies, organizations and individuals for the (Barney Frank’s) legislation,” said spokesman Jeff Sandman of Hyde Park Communications.

According to Jeffrey Oldham of Direct Impact, specialists in grassroots mobilisation, the initiative is a novel use of grassroots tactics.

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