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Flashback: Romney Donor Subjected To 2 Audits

From the Daily Caller:

FLASHBACK: Romney donor vilified by Obama campaign, then subjected to 2 audits

By Jamie Weinstein | May 13, 2013

Just months after being slimed by President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, Mitt Romney supporter and businessman Frank VanderSloot was informed that he was going to be audited not only by the Internal Revenue Service, but by the Labor Department as well.

VanderSloot’s saga was told by columnist Kimberley Strassel in the Wall Street Journal last July.

In April 2012, VanderSloot, who served as the national co-chair of Mitt Romney’s presidential finance committee, was one of eight Romney backers to be defamed as ”wealthy individuals with less-than-reputable records” in a post on the Obama campaign’s website.

The post, entitled “Behind the curtain: a brief history of Romney’s donors,” singled out VanderSloot for being a ”litigious, combative and a bitter foe of the gay rights movement.”

Two months later, the IRS informed VanderSloot he and his wife were going to be audited, Strassel reported. Two weeks after that, VanderSloot was notified by the Labor Department that it was going to “audit workers he employs on his Idaho-based cattle ranch under the federal visa program for temporary agriculture workers,” reported Strassel…

In her column, Strassel raised the specter that the IRS targeted VanderSloot for his political activism.

“Did Mr. Obama pick up the phone and order the screws put to Mr. VanderSloot?” she asked. “Or—more likely—did a pro-Obama appointee or political hire or career staffer see that the boss had an issue with this donor, and decide to do the president an unasked-for election favor? Or did he or she simply think this was a duty, given that the president had declared Mr. VanderSloot and fellow donors ‘less than reputable’?” …

Lest we forget.

In fact, we might bear in mind what a large role taxes and the IRS played in last year’s elections. Off shore accounts, etc. Did the White House use Romney’s tax returns against him? Was Harry Reid getting his crazy allegations about Romney’s taxes from the IRS? 

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, May 13th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Flashback: Romney Donor Subjected To 2 Audits”

  1. Enthalpy

    It’s simply a surprise to us all. The President is surprised and promised to get to the bottom of it. He’s at the bottom of it.

    • captstubby

      during a joint question-and-answer session at the White House.President Barack Obama declared “You don’t want the IRS ever being perceived to be biased and anything less than neutral in terms of how they operate.”
      and”that Americans have the right to expect “absolute integrity” from the IRS .”

      its got to be awkward ,

      with the British Prime Minister David Cameron standing right next to you,

      “see Dave, this is how we Colonials do it.”

  2. bousquem25

    Was anything else expected. It seems like more chicago-style thug politics coming out of the cesspool that is washington these days, especially the white house.

  3. Unexpected™

    (slams hammer into thumb)




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