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Reported to Senate with amendment(s) (10/27/2003)

Internet Gambling Funding Prohibition Act - (Sec. 3) Establishes within the Department of the Treasury the Office of Electronic Funding Oversight to coordinate Federal efforts to prohibit restricted transactions.

Prohibits any person engaged in the business of betting or wagering from knowingly accepting in connection with another person's participation in Internet gambling: (1) credit; (2) electronic fund transfers or funds transmitted through money transmitting businesses; (3) any instrument drawn by or on behalf of another and payable through any financial institution; or (4) the proceeds of any other form of financial transaction involving a financial institution as payer or financial intermediary on behalf of another person.

Makes this prohibition inapplicable to any otherwise lawful bet or wager that is made on an interstate or intrastate basis on a live horse or a live dog race, or to the sending, receiving, or inviting of information assisting in the placing of such a bet or wager, if such activity is: (1) expressly authorized under applicable Federal law and the laws of that State and licensed or regulated by the State in which such bet or wager is received; (2) placed on a closed-loop subscriber-based service; (3) initiated from a State and received in a State in which betting or wagering on that same type of live horse or live dog racing is lawful; (4) subject to the regulatory oversight and minimum control standards for accounting, regulatory inspection, and auditing by the State in which the bet or wager is received; and (5) made in accordance with the Interstate Horse Racing Act of 1978 or, in the case of live dog racing, is subject to specified consent agreements comparable to those required by that Act.

Provides that the exception does not apply to: (1) a bet or wager made by the use of an agent or proxy using the Internet or an interactive computer service, (but does not prohibit the owner-operator of a pari-mutuel wagering facility that is licensed by a State from employing an agent in the operation of the account wagering system owned or operated by the pari-mutuel facility); and (2) an otherwise lawful bet or wager on any game that constitutes class II or class II gaming (as defined in the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act) or the sending, receiving, or inviting of information assisting in the placing of any such bet or wager, if specified conditions are met; and (3) specified gaming activity conducted on Indian lands on July 31, 2003, using the Internet or other interactive computer service, with the approval of the State regulatory authority , without Tribal-State compact approval.

Grants Federal district courts exclusive jurisdiction to prevent or restrain violations. Sets forth civil and criminal penalties, including authority for State attorneys general to bring actions to prevent or restrain violations or threatened violations.

Limits relief granted against an interactive computer service. Specifies circumstances for the liability of any creditor, issuer, institution, operator, business, network, stored value product transaction, participant, or any interactive computer or telecommunications service. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 4) Calls for the United States, in deliberations with a foreign governments, to: (1) encourage cooperation in identifying whether Internet gambling operations are being used for money laundering or other crimes; (2) advance policies that promote international cooperation in enforcement; and (3) encourage the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering to study the extent to which Internet gambling operations are being used for money laundering purposes.

(Sec. 5) Modifies Federal criminal code provisions on gambling to: (1) delete a limitation to solely wire communications; (2) specifically include satellite and microwave communications and communications from fixed or mobile sources; and (3) increase the penalty for unlawful transmission of wagering information.