Mr. Bernal said Mr. Messina's involvement is a reminder that the battle over online gambling is set against the backdrop of the 2012 election.
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"Caesars is bordering on bankruptcy," Mr. Bernal said. "To try to salvage that investment, they are lobbying heavily to get online gambling. This is not a public uprising to have casinos on everyone's cellphones and in everyone's bedroom."