Thursday, July 26, 2012

AP: Vandersloot Says Being on 'Enemies List' Triggered Audits

Posted By on Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Frank VanderSloot, founder and CEO of the eastern Idaho Melaleuca Corp. and listed by Reuters as one of presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's top contributors, says he's on a White House enemies list and is the subject of two federal investigations, one from the Internal Revenue Service and another from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The Associated Press reports that VanderSloot is cooperating with both inquiries.

VanderSloot, who serves as a national campaign finance co-chair for the Romney campaign, said he received notice of his first-ever IRS audit two months after he was "singled out by the Obama campaign for having questionable and troubling records on various issues."

"I am not claiming there is a connection and don't know if there is one," VanderSloot told the AP. "But the fact that it comes right on the heels of being named on the president's enemies list is curious to say the least."

VanderSloot said the IRS is focusing on his 2008 and 2009 personal tax returns while the Labor Department examines foreign-born workers employed at his Montana cattle ranch. Vandersloot said the employees have worked at the ranch for five years.

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