Fake Outrage of the Day: Obama Campaign ‘Targets’ Innocent Businessman

Anti-gay bigot goes into ‘persecuted innocent’ mode
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As usual, the wingnut mob is in a frenzy today about an imaginary case of persecution by the evil black man in the White House: Businessman Says He Lost Hundreds of Customers After Attacks by Obama Campaign.

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.  …

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.

Here’s what the Weekly Standard is calling “targeted attacks,” and the rest of the right wing blogs are calling an “enemies list:” a post at “Keeping GOP Honest” that named Vandersloot as one of Mitt Romney’s super-rich campaign donors: Behind the Curtain: A Brief History of Romney’s Donors.

Apparently, exposing Mitt Romney’s sources of money — using publicly available data — is now an “attack” in GOP-land. Note that Vandersloot didn’t just write a check for $50; he donated a cool million dollars to the Romney campaign.

As for Vandersloot’s claim that he’s not anti-gay, would you be surprised to learn he’s not quite telling the truth? Here are a couple of detailed pieces on his extensive right wing culture warrior credentials:

Pyramid-Like Company Ponies Up $1 Million for Mitt Romney | Mother Jones

Don’t Let Mitt Romney’s Anti-Gay Billionaire Backer Whitewash His Intimidation of Critics - Boing Boing

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