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Casino gambling can be a controversial issue in some states. Maryland is bracing for the battle that will rage on between now and November. The battle will be over a referendum on slot machines.
It is common practice in the United States that lobbyist groups give large sums of money to politicians. The hope is that once the politician is in office, the lobbying group will receive what they are battling for.
In Maryland, a slot referendum is on the ballot for November, and one group is trying to make the playing field as even as possible until then.
Political watchdog group Common Cause Maryland, has asked that lawmakers reject any gambling contributions between now and the November election. They are trying to ensure that people are not swayed in their decisions by money.
The group wants people to vote without campaign donations being a factor in the voting. They are not only targeting pro-gambling lawmakers, but also anti-gambling politicians. The group has not taken a stance on the issue yet, but does want it to be a fair fight.
Delegates and Senators will receive a letter from Ryan O’Donnell, the Executive Director of Common Cause Maryland. The letter is asking that they do not accept any money from lobbyists on either side of the controversial issue until after the November vote.
Yahoo Goes After Lottery Spammers In Lawsuit Filed In New York
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Almost everyone has received an e-mail that tell them they have won a large sum of money in a lottery. Many of these e-mails are claiming that they come from Yahoo. The company had had enough of the fake e-mails.
On Tuesday, the company filed a lawsuit against spammers. The suit claims that the spammers are violating the Federal Trademark Act and Can-Spam Act. What is rare about the suit is that it does not name specific defendants.
The suit was filed against ‘Yahoo lottery spammers’. These spammers send out e-mails to unsuspecting victims. The e-mails tell the victims that they are the winners of a lottery. All they have to do is respond to the e-mail with their personal information.
It is simply a scam to get people’s personal information given voluntarily. “The unauthorized use of Yahoo trademarks is misleading, fraudulent, and has actually confused, misled, and deceived the public,” said Senior Vice President for Yahoo Business Strategy, Joe Siino.
Yahoo is not the only company that is dealing with the e-mail fraud. Lottery e-mails are going out to people from all over the world. Several countries have already began cracking down on the illegal e-mails.
Other countries have gone to extensive lengths to warn their citizens of the dangers that exist in responding to these e-mails. Several groups have also been arrested for running the e-mail scams.
Yahoo is hoping the lawsuit helps them protect their customers against this e-mail spam. “Through our continued litigation efforts, our top goal and priority is to further protect Yahoo Mail users and the public from this type of fraudulent activity,” said John Kremer, Vice President of Yahoo Mail.