VIDEO – Paul Ryan was in Las Vegas, Nevada Tuesday night to meet with the one-man funding machine of the Republican party, Sheldon Adelson, a China casino mogul. The event was closed to the press.
Paul Ryan met with Sheldon Adelson, the owner of Las Vegas Sands casino corporation and the single biggest donor to the Romney campaign and Romney’s Super PAC, Restore Our Future, at a closed-door event. It has already been documented that Adelson has spent $42 million in efforts to defeat President Obama and Democrats in November. He has pledged to spend $100 million on the Republican presidential candidate and also donates millions to American Crossroads (Karl Rove) and Americans For Prosperity (Koch brothers).
Not to be ignored, is the fact that Sheldon Adelson makes most of his money these days from his casinos in China. Those dealings in China have now led to a federal criminal investigation of Adelson and his corporation for bribery violations of The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which bars American companies from paying foreign officials to “affect or influence any act or decision” for business gain.
If Mitt Romney were to become president in 2013, it would mean a new administration would be running the Department of Justice, the federal agency that is investigating Adelson. Would a Romney Administration continue the investigation and possible prosecution of a man who gave his campaign and Super PAC $100 million?
In an interview last month with the PBS “NewsHour”, Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) expressed concern about the source of Adelson’s campaign contributions. “Much of Mr. Adelson’s casino profits that go to him come from his casino in Macau,” Sen. John McCain said. “Maybe in a roundabout way, foreign money is coming into an American political campaign,” the Aizona Republican said.
On Tuesday night – at what the Romney campaign is now calling a “financing event” instead of a fundraiser so they can adhere to their pledge to make fundraisers open to the press – Paul Ryan familiarized himself with the biggest source of money (most of it from China) that is funding the Republican ticket. If Paul Ryan didn’t know it before, he surely knows now who the Romney campaign answers to.