Saturday, May 12, 2012

Strassel: Trolling for Dirt on the President's List

This is some disturbing stuff. Have you ever heard of a "president" doing something like this? Having the power of the entire United States Government at your fingertips is a privilege only a select few have known. Most of those have used that power with discretion. It seems obama has decided to go another route. This is a sign of a person who is very desperate and has no morals. To publicly call out and demonize a PRIVATE CITIZEN for donating to your opponent is wrong. No matter how you slice it this is an egregious abuse of power and the fact that it was done by the president makes it even worse. This is a guy we are supposed to be able to trust. obama has proven time and time again that trust in him is misplaced.  I am just as disturbed that no DEMOCRATS have called him on it. Are they ok with this type of activity? Would they be as accepting if this were being done by a Republican president? I highly doubt it.

Of the unConstitutional and illegal things obama has done since taking office, this has got to be the worst. Mr. Vandersloot should look into legal action against obama and any of the people responsible for digging into his records. It's not like this guy is some sort of political operative, he is simply a donor.

This is intimidation at its worst. obama is a scumbag piece of shit and he should be called out on this and every thing he does during this campaign that is crooked. Count me in. I will document every sleazy thing this asshole does. You can bet on it...
By Kimberley A. Strassel - The Wall Street Journal

First a Romney supporter was named on an Obama campaign website. That was followed by the slimy trolling into a citizen's private life.

Here's what happens when the president of the United States publicly targets a private citizen for the crime of supporting his opponent.

Frank VanderSloot is the CEO of Melaleuca Inc. The 63-year-old has run that wellness-products company for 26 years out of tiny Idaho Falls, Idaho. Last August, Mr. VanderSloot gave $1 million to Restore Our Future, the Super PAC that supports Mitt Romney.

Three weeks ago, an Obama campaign website, "Keeping GOP Honest," took the extraordinary step of publicly naming and assailing eight private citizens backing Mr. Romney. Titled "Behind the curtain: a brief history of Romney's donors," the post accused the eight of being "wealthy individuals with less-than-reputable records." Mr. VanderSloot was one of the eight, smeared particularly as being "litigious, combative and a bitter foe of the gay rights movement."

About a week after that post, a man named Michael Wolf contacted the Bonneville County Courthouse in Idaho Falls in search of court records regarding Mr. VanderSloot. Specifically, Mr. Wolf wanted all the documents dealing with Mr. VanderSloot's divorces, as well as a case involving a dispute with a former Melaleuca employee.

Mr. Wolf sent a fax to the clerk's office—which I have obtained—listing four cases he was after. He would later send a second fax, asking for three further court cases dealing with either Melaleuca or Mr. VanderSloot. Mr. Wolf listed only his name and a private cellphone number.

Some digging revealed that Mr. Wolf was, until a few months ago, a law clerk on the Democratic side of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. He's found new work. The ID written out at the top of his faxes identified them as coming from "Glenn Simpson." That's the name of a former Wall Street Journal reporter who in 2009 founded a D.C. company that performs private investigative work.

The website for that company, Fusion GPS, describes itself as providing "strategic intelligence," with expertise in areas like "politics." That's a polite way of saying "opposition research."

When I called Fusion's main number and asked to speak to Michael Wolf, a man said Mr. Wolf wasn't in the office that day but he'd be in this coming Monday. When I reached Mr. Wolf on his private cell, he confirmed he had until recently worked at the Senate.

When I asked what his interest was in Mr. VanderSloot's divorce records, he hesitated, then said he didn't want to talk about that. When I asked what his relationship was with Fusion, he hesitated again and said he had "no comment." "It's a legal thing," he added

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