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2/18/12

Frank Vandersloot in the Spotlight Again (Surprise Surprise, NOT in a Good Way...)

Even though I am still considered a 'newbie' when it comes to Eastern Idaho, I make sure to be aware of my surroundings.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, Idaho Falls is the epicenter of Melaleuca, founded by Frank Vandersloot.

Frankie is currently the national finance co-chair for the Mitt Romney campaign, which puts him under a media microscope.

Thanks to said microscope, I found this article from Glenn Greenwald and salon.com.  It's a fun read about how Mr. Vandersloot uses his company and influence to further political and ideological agendas, and make people who criticize him, his company or his questionable practices vanish.  In short, his team of lawyers will threaten to shut you down if they don't like what they see.

Heh, by simply linking this article and typing these few paragraphs, I could very well be putting myself in their sights.  Folks, if lostinidaho.me disappears, you'll know why.

Anyway, read the article.  This is what I live with, this is the thumb I currently live under because I am an Idaho Falls resident.  It's insane, but it's reality.  I am all for the entrepreneurial spirit, and for the letter of the law.  But using money to shut people up seems a bit unfair.  I can't afford to hire a legal team to match his, so if I get a demand letter I'll buckle.  I'm one of millions (dare I say it, the 99%??) who would be forced to do the same.

Is that justice?

Have you read the article yet?

Added:  Another reporter has picked up the story, and the seeds of discord are spreading.  What now, Frank?



Added:  Vandersloot's rebuttal in the Idaho Statesman, including a lengthy statement.  Enjoy the read.  I chuckled, especially when me mentioned his liberal stance on environmental issues...
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10 witty retorts:

Melanie said...

So much for "land of the free". How is that ok? Wait...it isn't.

Youngman Brown said...

If lostinidaho.me disappears, I do believe that foundinidaho.me is the next logical step.

Bozo said...

Totally crazy... amazing the people can get by with doing this like that!

Autumnforest said...

Of course his name is Vandersloot--crime runs in the family.

Bart said...

spam there emails. i have recently and im getting some feedback. they're probably lieing to me though, but atleast i know they have read my rants.

Leon Kennedy said...

Oh SuperPACs, don't ever change

G said...

Jeez he puts $cientologists to shame

Thank, Q said...

I agree w/Autumnforest. He's required to be a crook with that name, isn't he?

The thing about it is: he's probably one of thousands around the country who do this stuff.

Frank VanderSloot said...

There many other things can be found.

Brandon Lostinidaho said...

Great grammar, there...

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