The report of lobbing shows that issuers of the credit card MasterCard have spent 840 000 US$ in 2010 for lobbing the change of gambling laws. The corporation spent this sum in order to influence on American Congress in order to change credit card laws including the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.
This Law forbids all banks and financial institutions of the USA to conduct transactions from offshore sites which are concentrated on the online casinos development and promotion. When the former president of the USA signed this Act, many online gambling institutions made their services unavailable for American customers.
Many paying systems including MasterCard, Visa and PayPal have prohibited their clients to deal with institutions of such a kind. As a result online casinos have lost their most profitable and loyal visitors. Credit cards issuers have lost potential milliards of dollars that they might earn due to these transactions.
When the senator Harry Reid stated about his plan to change laws concerning online gambling, the sum that MasterCard has spent for lobbing these changes had increased for 25 per cent against the same period of 2009. However all measures conducted by Reid failed at the end of the previous year, first of all because of Republican Senators John Kyl of Arizona and Spencer Bachus of Mississippi.
But nevertheless most Americans consider gambling as an additional source of income during the economic depression. If new laws will be adopted by California, Florida or New Jersey, MasterCard and other card issuers will be able to conduct transactions for any new intrastate sites.