Re: TECH/IDEA FUTURES: Nevada Law Would PermitInternetGambling ...

From: Michael Lorrey (
Date: Thu Apr 19 2001 - 08:20:48 MDT

Robin Hanson wrote:
> Michael Lorrey wrote:
> > > Even if they legalized using the internet for what you can gamble
> > > in person on in Nevada, that would not legalize idea futures.
> > > That is because you cannot bet on science/etc. questions in Nevada.
> > > You can only bet on sporting events.
> >
> >Well, there's nothing a little campaign contribution can't fix...
> Little?! Care to estimate a specific dollar amount?

State level legislative action is not that expensive (compared to
federal lobbying). Focus money on the party heads and the members of the
committees who will be considering such a proposal, somewhere around
$500-1000 a head. Then 100-200 bucks to each legislator outside of those
mentioned, and a few thou to the parties themselves. This is advice
given to me several years ago by the Chief of Staff for a former
president of the Washington State Senate, who was a friend of mine. He
said that for minor issues like this, where an existing law gets a
rather minor amendment to it, its rather easy to slide stuff on through.
If you can get high tech industry groups to support such lobbying by a
former local pol (i.e. an insider) such things can be achieved rather

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