Former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown said Thursday he is joining a coalition funded by billionaire casino owner
Brown, the former mayor of San Francisco, joins a team that also includes former Democratic Assembly Speaker
Mercury has been paid $175,000 during the last six months by Adelson’s
Brown said he is the new national co-chair and California chair of the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling, which has begun running Internet commercials in California warning of the negative impacts of Internet gambling.
"There are a multitude of reasons to oppose the expansion of Internet gambling," Brown said in an open letter. "I was once on the wrong side of this issue — speaking for and supporting Internet poker — but I have since learned about some of the tactics used by online gambling companies to lure young people."
A spokesman for the coalition said he did not know whether Brown was being compensated for his role with the coalition.