Sheldon Adelson, who is under DOJ investigation: Obama will go after me, Romney won't


Two recent flashbacks:

The Las Vegas Sands Corp., controlled by Romney donor Sheldon Adelson, is the target of a U.S. money-laundering probe.

And Company of Newt Gingrich’s big donor, Sheldon Adelson, has alleged ties to bribes, Chinese mob.

So with that in mind, Politico's Mike Allen wondered what Adelson's primary motivation is for supporting Mitt Romney. Could it be the federal criminal investigation into his company's business practices? HuffPo's Ryan Grim reports:

In a wide-ranging, two-hour interview with Politico's Mike Allen published Monday, Adelson himself answered the question.

The top reason Adelson gave for backing Romney and opposing President Barack Obama is "self defense," as Allen put it, referencing the probe into Las Vegas Sands Corp. "Adelson said a second Obama term would bring government 'vilification of people that were against him.' He thinks he would be at the top of that list and contends that he already has been targeted for his political activity," Allen wrote. [...]

In other words, Adelson is spending millions of dollars to curry political favor in the United States, hoping to fend off charges that he spent millions of dollars to curry political favor in Asia.

A kajillionaire is trying his best to buy the election for a guy who he believes will go easy on him legally, and for good reason.

And to think there are people out there who still think we don't need campaign finance reform...

H/t: Dan Froomkin