belatropic, on Friday, April 21st, 2006, 7:21 PM, said:
I’m not sure if they will “K street” hired guns or if they plan on lobbying Congress directly...they are just down the street on Pennsylvania Ave. I am not directly involved with this group but I am familiar with its leaders. I do know that Linda Johnson, from the Card Player Magazine, has put most of the pieces of this organization together. It’s also the largest “National” group that I know of. In Illinois, banks can close your account if they suspect you of transferring money to a gaming site. This has caused me to take a greater interest in local lobbying. Since I do work the best way I can help is with money. An added bonus was both the free money (From Party or Bodog) & the welcome package.
K-street hired guns is just slang for Washington Lobbyists. Most of the large lobbying firms offices are on K street.From wiki:
There are two separate roads designated K Street in Washington, D.C.; they are east-west streets in D.C.'s northern half and southern half. When not being qualified, K Street almost always refers to the northern K Street, as it is the more famous of the two.The northern K Street has its western starting point as K St. N.W. in the southern part of Georgetown in the city's Northwestern quadrant. The Georgetown section of K Street was called Water Street until the Georgetown street renaming of 1895. West of 33rd Street, the United States Postal Service still recognizes both "K Street" and "Water Street" in addresses.The road crosses Rock Creek into the downtown area, changing designation from K St. N.W. to K St. N.E. after intersecting North Capitol Street, which is the boundary between the Northwest and Northeast quadrants. This K Street's eastern end is at Florida Avenue in the Near Northeast neighborhood, just south of Gallaudet University.In alignment with the city's Cartesian-coordinate-based street system, there is another K Street in its southern half; this one running between the Potomac River at the western edge of the Southwestern quadrant (as K St. S.W.) to the Anacostia River at the eastern edge of the Southeastern quadrant (as K St. S.E.).
I guess my main point was, and is:The US poker community is a thriving and vibrant community. If disconnected politicians want to sifle this community, this community, which also happens to have a great deal of liquid capital, should, and must, pay for professional lobbying servives to help stave off threats.Monty