To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, “There they go again.”

The Securities and Exchange Commission has launched an investigation into three high-profile businessmen and celebrities based on allegations of insider trading. In reality, it’s the Obama Administration using Chicago-style gangland tactics to attack (and try to make an example of) political enemies.

The FBI and SEC are investigating whether pro golfer Phil Mickelson and professional gambler, real estate and golf course developer Billy Walters illegally traded non-public information from Carl Icahn in 2011. That’s when the corporate takeover specialist made a $10 billion offer in attempt to buy Clorox.

Icahn and Mickelson both denied any wrongdoing in the matter, while Walters said to an inquiry from the Wall Street Journal, “I don’t have any comment about anything.” On May 31, Mickelson released a statement, saying:

“I have done absolutely nothing wrong. I have cooperated with the government in this investigation and will continue to do so.”

Icahn told the New York Post on May 30 that he has never engaged in insider trading:

“We don’t know of any investigation. Further, we are always very careful to observe all legal requirements in all of our actions,” Icahn said. “I’m very proud of my record and I’ve never given out insider information. I’m very careful. That’s why I have an unblemished record.”

Icahn acknowledged that he knows Walters, but has never met Mickelson:

“While I’ve obviously heard of Phil Mickelson, I’ve never spoken to him or met him.”

A law-enforcement source told the New York Post that no wrongdoing has been found, and no criminal charges have been filed against either of the three millionaires.

Walters has made hundreds of millions of dollars as a professional sports bettor, real estate and golf course developer in Las Vegas. Icahn is worth about $24 billion, and Mickelson is a well-known pro golfer with an estimated net worth of $180 million.

gangstersIt’s obvious they aren’t hurting for money… so what’s the real reason for the investigation? Here’s a little background and some dots to connect.

  • Icahn donated $100,000 – all to the GOP – during the 2012 election cycle.
  • Mickelson hasn’t made many political donations, but he publicly criticized Obama (and California’s high tax rates) in 2013 and threatened to move out of the Golden State.

So what’s the crime these gentlemen are truly guilty of? Criticizing – and funding the political opposition of – one Barack Hussein Obama. He knows that ObamaCare is an abysmal failure, and the VA Hospital, Benghazi and IRS scandals have made Democrats very politically vulnerable.

The President is doing what his team did in Chicago: Bully, intimidate and threaten the opposition, and make an example of them to other potential wealthy GOP donors and supporters.

It’s just another example of Chicago-style politics that Obama and his crew have brought to Washington.