Businessman Frank Vandersloot, the CEO of Melaleuca, has been targeted by the Obama campaign after donating money to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. "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," Kim Strassel of the Wall Street Journal reported. "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.'"
The attacks are working. Vandersloot revealed in an interview on Fox News that his business practice is being hurt by the attacks from the Obama team.
"Those people that I know well weren't affected by this [attack]," said Vandersloot. "But for people who didn't know me, who are members of our business or customers, and they were reading this, then we got a barrage of phone calls of people cancelling their customer memberships with us."
"Really?," the Fox News host asked. "How many did that?"
"A couple hundred that we can track," Vandersloot replied.
Again, the host asked, "Really? Do you have any grounds to sue?"
"I suppose we do," Vandersloot said. The businessman says he's been accused of being anti-gay, an accusation he says that couldn't be further from the truth.
Watch the interview here:
Vandersloot has so far donated $1 million to Romney's super PAC.
As Strassel details, some loosely associated Democratic officials are now rooting through Vandersloot's records, trying hard to find dirt on the donor.
Though he indicated in today's interview that he still supports Governor Romney's effort to become the next president of the United States, this is the sort of action that the Obama campaign seems to be employing in order to intimidate future donors from giving to the Republican presidential candidate.
"I'm going to support [Romney] more than I was originally," said Vandersloot. "We thought that we were done with our donations," but he indicated he's likely to give more money in the future after being attacked by the president's campaign.
Vandersloot isn't asking for an apology from the president. "I remain undeterred," he said.
Mitt Romney's latest campaign ad says that President Obama's "attack machine" is "spending millions to sling mud, err oil at" the Republican candidate "because in the five states where Obama is attacking Romney, gas prices have roughly doubled."