Romney Supporter Named On Obama’s “Enemies List” Facing Two Federal Investigations

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Frank VanderSloot is wealthy man who runs a company selling wellness products. Earlier this year he was listed as one of 8 supporters of Mitt Romney on President Obama’s “enemies list.”

Today, in what I’m sure is just a coincidence, Mr. VanderSloot is facing two federal investigations, one from the IRS and one from the Labor Department.

In a letter dated June 21, he was informed that his tax records had been “selected for examination” by the Internal Revenue Service. The audit also encompasses Mr. VanderSloot’s wife, and not one, but two years of past filings (2008 and 2009).

Mr. VanderSloot, who is 63 and has been working since his teens, says neither he nor his accountants recall his being subject to a federal tax audit before. He was once required to send documents on a line item inquiry into his charitable donations, which resulted in no changes to his taxes. But nothing more—that is until now, shortly after he wrote a big check to a Romney-supporting Super PAC.

Two weeks after receiving the IRS letter, Mr. VanderSloot received another—this one from the Department of Labor. He was informed it would be doing an audit of workers he employs on his Idaho-based cattle ranch under the federal visa program for temporary agriculture workers.

The H-2A program allows tens of thousands of temporary workers in the U.S.; Mr. VanderSloot employs precisely three. All are from Mexico and have worked on the VanderSloot ranch—which employs about 20 people—for five years. Two are brothers. Mr. VanderSloot has never been audited for this, though two years ago his workers’ ranch homes were inspected. (The ranch was fined $8,400, mainly for too many “flies” and for “grease build-up” on the stove. God forbid a cattle ranch home has flies.)

It might be harder to make the case that this really is just a coincidence if these sort of tactics weren’t so clearly a part of the Democrat strategy. Here in North Dakota we’ve watched as Democrats have launched a full-on attack on oil industry money (with the help of ideologically sympathetic reporters and editorial boards). In Wisconsin voters were targeted by liberal groups with contribution and voting record information in extremely intimidated mailings and emails.

Nationally the left has fought a war on businesses that support political groups. Retail giant Target, as one example, was targeted by leftist groups for supporting a conservative group in Minnesota that, in turn, supported Republican governor candidate Tom Emmer. And court rulings which have struck down legal restrictions on political activities by businesses have been excoriated by the left.

It’s all an effort to intimidate and suppress political activity by people or organizations or even businesses that might support something other than liberalism.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Zog

    Sinclair Lewis (“It Can’t Happen Here”) was clearly prescient. I winder when refugees will start streaming into Canada or, of more immediate concern to me, when can we expect to be invaded?

  • JtChandler

    This makes me crazy! First because the hounds have been loosed on the scent of a business man who made a perfectly legal contribution…and second because I have known the Vandersloots for the last 16 years and they are hard working people of integrity and rock solid character. They do not deserve the treatment they’ve received or the cloud that has been cast over their good name. One thing is certain, Frank will not lay down and wimper…he’s one of the most patriotic men I know and his principles will carry him. It makes me want to cut a check to Mitt!

  • two_amber_lamps

    How is this possible? This is THE most transparent regime administration in American History….!

    (/sarc)

  • Ali_Mentary

    He needs to announce that he’s going to send one check a week to Romney’s PAC until the investigations are called off.

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