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Billionaire Romney Backer Frank Vandersloot Conduct Undermines Romney’s Presidential Chances

By CL - Posted on 17 February 2012

Hello Frank, OFA here. This is just to let you know that OFA is not afraid of you or your legal tactics. So in the words of the immortal Ali, bring it on... But if you do, understand that you will be the most written about and talked about individual on this planet. Until then you made the OFA accountable list.

I just read the 10 things you should know about Frank Vandersloot at the Idaho Statesmen. And they are in this order, with some additional commentary by OFA staff in red:

1. His direct-sales company has paid $2.8 billion in commissions since 1985. About 90 percent of the sales force is part-time, with sellers averaging less than $2,100 each in annual Melaleuca income.

So you're rich and the people that make you that way are essentially poor bastards that can barely pay the rent? Ok..

2. Vitamins, detergent and lotion are his top three sellers.

You sound like an Amway salesman lol.

3. VanderSloot says he is “ruthless” in pursuing legal action against any former salespeople he thinks are trying to “steal” any of his 800,000 customers.

And let's not forget his legal threats to remove published content he doesn't like, and his relentless pursuit of anyone who writes about him without his permission or puts him into a negative light. That's what rich ruthless bastards do I guess.

4. Melaleuca’s predecessor company thought it had cornered the market on the melaleuca tree — or “tea tree” — but found out it had just 5 percent. Oil of melaleuca is in fewer than 10 percent of the company’s 350-plus products.

Sounds like snake oil to me.. So let me get this straight, you made billions selling snake oil to sooth common health problems and detergent to rinse the dirt away?

5. The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s largest business group, wants VanderSloot to be its chairman.

Let me clue you in Frank. That will probably never happen, but if it does we will make sure to write about you as we write about Tom Donahue. If you dont understand that just ring old Tom up and ask him.

6. He remembers his father weeping and apologizing to his mother for not being a good provider.

So this affected you to the degree of making small bloggers and people barely able to pay the rent who talk about you say the same thing to their wives?

7. A “cute little red-head” motivated him to convert to the LDS Church.

Well the thing about Mormon girls are they stand in a room and the guy walks in and picks her out of a bevy of beautiful woman waiting to be married. Mormon girls are sweet that is for sure.

8. He has 14 children in a blended family and enforces a rule requiring a 3.0 GPA to get a car.

And the Mormon's believe the more children you have the more you bring in souls of the departed. Oh and there is that Joe Smith story and the hidden tablets and only the the guy wearing the hidden glasses can see God.

9. He believes the Idaho Falls July 4 fireworks show he funds is the second-largest in the U.S.

Nothing like feeling you are the biggest and the baddest in the land.

10. His ranching and breeding operations are among the 20 largest in the country.

And what do the ranch hands get for making you that way?



Now onto the juicy story:

Frank VanderSloot is an Idaho billionaire and the CEO of Melaleuca, Inc., a controversial billion-dollar-a-year company which peddles dietary supplements and cleaning products; back in 2004, Forbes, echoing complaintsto government agencies, described the company as “a pyramid selling organization, built along the lines of Herbalife and Amway.” VanderSloot has long used his wealth to advance numerous right-wing political causes. Currently, he is the national finance co-chair of the Mitt Romney presidential campaign, and his company has become one of the largest donors ($1 million) to the ostensibly “independent” pro-Romney SuperPAC, Restore Our Future. Melaleuca’s get-rich pitches have in the past caused Michigan regulators to take action, resulting in the company’s entering into a voluntary agreement to “not engage in the marketing and promotion of an illegal pyramid”‘; it entered into a separate voluntary agreement with the Idaho attorney general’s office, which found that “certain independent marketing executives of Melaleuca” had violated Idaho law; and the Food and Drug Administration previously accused Melaleuca of deceiving consumers about some of its supplements.