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PPA unveils congressional rating guide
The world's largest poker advocacy group, with over 1 million members, has released a guide for its members that rates politicians' poker friendliness.
In the seemingly never-ending battle between online poker and the U.S. Congress, the PPA felt it would serve its members' best interest to know where each member of Congress stands in this fight. The guide ranks every member of Congress whom has fought either for or against online poker in any way.
Out of the current total of 535 members of Congress, 164 members have received a rating of B or higher, denoting their strong support for the online poker.
Unfortunately, 258 members scored a D or an F. With almost half of the total members of Congress still so adamantly against online poker, the PPA still has a lot of work ahead of it. (If you're wondering where the remaining members of Congress rate, unfortunately the PPA has no data on them or their stance on the matter.)
The PPA derived its ratings from cosponsorship of bills, congressional letters of support, public statements and private meetings with the PPA and its members rather than from actual votes on pro-poker bills.
The guide is updated periodically as new data comes in and is searchable by state and zip code. Users can directly e-mail members of Congress from the guide to voice their support for the poker cause.
The Poker Players Alliance (www.pokerplayersalliance.org) is a nonprofit membership organization comprised of over 1 million online and offline poker players and enthusiasts from around the United States who have joined together to speak with one voice to promote the game and to protect poker players' rights.