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Brown: Behind the Obama Campaign Curtain

By Floyd and MaryBeth Brown

Imagine you're a private citizen; you've built up a successful business through years of hard work and enterprise. And now you want to give back, by supporting a candidate for president that shares your views. You can afford to donate a million dollars to the candidate, and so you do. You even take a figurehead role in the campaign, as large donors often do, as a measure of recognition. Then you wake up one day to learn that your entire life and livelihood have been ransacked—just as surely as if identity thieves had stolen your credit card. Only these thieves are employed by a shadow company that, you learn, is employed by the President himself.

It sounds like a cheap premise for a pulp novel.

But it's not—it's exactly what just happened to Frank VanderSloot, CEO of an Idaho Falls wellness-products company named Melaleuca. Mr. VanderSloot gave $1 million to Restore Our Future, a Super PAC that supports Mitt Romney.

Soon after making his donation, Mr. VanderSloot discovered that a certain Michael Wolf was trying to dig up court records on Mr. VanderSloot. But not just any records; Mr. Wolf was looking for dirt. Looking for any documents on Mr. VanderSloot's past marriages, or past grievances with former employees.

This is where Kim Strassel's reporting in the Wall Street Journal nailed it. Her investigation revealed that Michael Wolf had sent a number of faxes to the clerk's office of the Bonneville County Courthouse, trying to find something cheap and tawdry to hang on Mr. VanderSloot.

He failed at that. But not before Ms. Strassel figured out exactly who "Michael Wolf" really was. In his document requests of the court, he listed only his name and a private cellphone number. But he had been, until just a few months prior, a law clerk on the Democratic side of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. Seeking the more glamorous life, apparently, he then went to work for a company named Fusion GPS—which is in the strategic intelligence business, aka, opposition research, aka dirty tricks.

When Ms. Strassel was finally able to get someone at Fusion GPS to answer the phone, she was met with one "no comment" after another. But clearly someone at Fusion GPS was worried that they could easily be linked with the President, so they sent an email to Ms. Strassel saying:

"Frank VanderSloot is a figure of interest in the debate over civil rights for gay Americans. As his own record on gay issues amply demonstrates, he is a legitimate subject of public records research into his lengthy history of legal disputes."

The "gay" charge was a total fabrication, a stutter step, meant to throw off Ms. Strassel's attention and presumably that of her readers at a time when the president was taking considerable heat for his flip-flops on the gay agenda: did he support it, did he not; was he himself gay, was he not? The story was changing by the day, by the hour. And throwing out a totally unfounded but salacious comment that a supporter of Romney's is a gay basher would have exactly the effect intended: deflect attention away from Obama.

Lacking the decency gene, the Obama campaign has kept focus on what matters to them: keeping their and Obama's job and power.

We think people see Mr. VanderSloot for exactly who he is: Someone whose only crime was to donate a million dollars to a Super PAC. He is just another name on the long list of people on Obama's enemies list.

©2012 Floyd and Mary Beth Brown. The Browns are bestselling authors and speakers. To comment on this column, e-mail browns@caglecartoons.com. Together they write a national weekly column distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate. Floyd is also president of the Western Center for Journalism. For more info call Cari Dawson Bartley at 800 696 7561 or e-mail cari@cagle.com.

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  1. billwvComment by billwv
    September 19, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

    Anyone who loves and cares for this country and desires to see our nation grow and continue it’s legacy as a land of opportunity for it’s citizens is an enemy of Ozero or should I say Ozero’s sworn enemy. He cares nothing about furtherance of the fundamental belief of capitalism; he is a marxist / socialist through and through to the core.

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    • gopluvaComment by gopluva
      September 19, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

      Right on.My dog Tiger says the same. Ovbama has divided this country into so many factions that its like a different world.Where have gone the freedom we once had for things like voting without incurring malice from others?Eating proper food in schools?putting In God We Trust on coins? Each small in themselves but made bigger by this admin.views on how we should live. Their war on Christianity,and private lives is getting to be our new normal and I dont like it.

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    • crunchemComment by crunchem
      September 19, 2012 @ 10:38 pm

      @gopluva, your comment is spot on; however, the motto “In God We Trust” has not been removed from any coins.

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  2. nickster99Comment by nickster99
    September 19, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

    THIS PRESIDENT IS A SCUMBAG THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS MADE UP OF SCUMBAGS! THEY WILL STOP AT NOTHING TO ADVANCE THEIR MARXIST AGENDA. AND THAT IS TO DESTROY THIS COUNTRY AS IT IS OR ONCE WAS. THEY NEED TO BE STOPPED IN NOVEMBER! TAKE THEM OUT WITH THE TRASH!

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    • hnknchkComment by hnknchk
      September 19, 2012 @ 6:51 pm

      I think most Americans are brain washed. They believe what they see on TV. I don’t buy the ****; I go by facts. I pray to God I’m wrong. We need a majority in the House and Senate. If we don’t get it, we’re dead.

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  3. neonbudComment by neonbud
    September 19, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

    This country is upside down…everything good is bad and everything bad is good. Illegal is respected and legal is not respected. Christians are out and muslims are in. Gays are in and Straights are out. This is exactly what Mr. Potato Head wants. To keep us angry and distracted. Mr. Potato Head has had success through failure – the Obama Plan. Our outcome of the election is based on non-issues. We have no progress, no recovery we only have fasification of statistics. That the United States has degenerated into a police state in the short period of ten years should be the campaign issue. No mention of the destruction of the rule of law in the name of a hoax “war on terror”. We have to do a better job at making sure we have a majority in the House and Senate to make sure we are protected.

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  4. vevaComment by veva
    September 19, 2012 @ 5:22 pm

    MORGAN FREEMAN gave $1 million to Obama campaign. Does that mean HE should be investigated?! The left has become so stupidly ridiculous it takes my breath away!

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    • nickster99Comment by nickster99
      September 20, 2012 @ 8:21 am

      Do you know anything about Morgan Freeman? I mean really know him. He is a good actor that is for sure. I like his acting he is very good. BUT he is an extreme left wing radical to the point of being a Marxist. If he told everyone about the “REAL MORGAN FREEMAN”, then he would not have all the fans that he has. He believes just like obummer all wealth should be confiscated and redistributed!

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  5. MutantoneComment by Mutantone
    September 19, 2012 @ 5:37 pm

    even better, lets say you make a video that is used as the excuse for barbaric actions taken against our Ambassadors and embassies in the Middle East which fits in all so well with Obama’s agenda to advance the Muslim Brotherhood, just like Obama did for the “Arab Spring”. Now after all that you donate a Million dollars to Obama’s campaign. Collusion?

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  6. hnknchkComment by hnknchk
    September 19, 2012 @ 6:44 pm

    As much as I hate to say it, Obama is going to be reelected. Then our country will go 100% socialist, and probably Islamic to boot. God help us.

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    • phunyfarmComment by phunyfarm
      September 19, 2012 @ 7:39 pm

      Just don’t say that or think it. Have faith, pray regularly, speak with others, take others to the polls, help others get registered to vote. Do not believe everything you read & hear.
      We DO have some left over Patriots from earlier years, we have the 60′s activists that haven’t been this fired up since ‘Nam, Kent State & the like & surely some young patriotic Americans who think can think for themselves. Heck, there’s millions upon millions of good patriots that still honor & respect the Constitution. Have faith Man!

      Just Do Not Even Speak That Thought Aloud Again! Gives me the “willies” just to think about it…Brr-rrr-r-r-rt!

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  7. JDZComment by JDZ
    September 19, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

    Bill Maher, one of the sleaziest celebrities with a cable network show, gave a million dollars to the Obama campaign. Maher is anti-religion, anti-conservative, treats conservative women worse then Muslims treat their women, is basically an gay loving athesist who makes fun of Chistians who believe in God. He is an arrogant narcissistic little homely looking man who has a dirty mouth and just loves to criticise and make fun of conservatives. He has a lot in common with President Obama and must be why he donated so much money to his campaign. HBO should take this guy off of their network but will not because he must get good ratings…which tells you where the mindset of many Americans resides. Not a healthy situation. I haven’t heard about Obama lovers doing anything about Maher.

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    • gopgalComment by gopgal
      September 20, 2012 @ 11:14 am

      I have always thought the reason Bill Maher talks trash about women and treats them the way he does is because he has a little ding dong. Would seem to reason.

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  8. wumingrenComment by wumingren
    September 19, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

    Obama has sealed all his records for a reason: there are skeletons in those records. He believes that everyone has skeletons in their records, which is why he works so hard to keep his sealed and to pry open those of all who oppose him. The questions that must be answered are many. Why can Obama operatives gain access to everyone else’s records, but no one can access Obama’s? Why can’t everyone seal their own records as tightly as Obama has sealed his? How, in fact, was he able to pry open the SEALED records of others? There is something very rotten about this.

    One thing that comes to mind is that Democrats are willing to do anything and everything, whether or not ethical or legal, to advance their agenda. If that means releasing their opponents’ records, then so be it. Meanwhile, they will protect the records of their own kind. On the flip side, Republicans generally follow the law and live an ethical lifestyle. This means they are not likely to illegally or immorally release the records of their opponents, even if it would help to defeat their worst political enemies. The Dudley Do Right approach in politics loses out every time to Snidely Whiplash. It’s time to fight dirty tricks with dirtier tricks.

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    • canada3dayerComment by canada3dayer
      September 20, 2012 @ 2:58 am

      the Romney campaign is gonna have to, no matter how distasteful, take a page from The Untouchables: “You wanna know how to get Capone? They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. *That’s* the *Chicago* way! And that’s how you get Capone. Now do you want to do that? Are you ready to do that?” and the big question will be are they ready to do that? being from Chicago, Obama understands this and, more to the point, is doing it already.

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    • jetstreamComment by jetstream
      September 20, 2012 @ 7:48 am

      Our expectations are pretty high for Romney and Ryan to single-handedly try to overcome all the lies. We all need to take a more active part in exposing the agenda of the adversaries. It’s pretty safe, comfortable, & cozy for us to visit the friendly conservative news websites and critique R&R for not making the case better, but maybe we need to break out of our comfort zones and spend a little time each day on some of the more liberal internet sites countering their spin. Heaven knows we have anough ammunition! Some of those sites are pretty rabid, but if our comments produce doubt in or give confirmation to even one “leaner,” we could help the cause along. If nothing else, it beats sitting around and wringing hands.

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  9. va15324754Comment by va15324754
    September 19, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

    The Republicans will not win with Romney unless they publicize the fact that all the ;past
    history of O. is sealed from public view. They need to emphasize that only a man who had
    something to hide would do this.

    Truth is, he is a Muslim, and there are over 2.5 million here in the U.S. How do you defend
    your country against traitors and terrorists when their army is right here? There is no way
    to stop them if they choose to attack us. Remember they don’t mind dying to achieve their
    goals.

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  10. freedomfighterComment by freedomfighter
    September 19, 2012 @ 9:58 pm

    The Romney team need to start pitching fast *****, by going back at the O team just as strongly as he is going against them. There are so many things they could call attention to, but just don’t have the crust, it seems, to line the pie. What about the many times Oblamer has went against the Constitution, even with Impeachable offenses, and not one stone was thrown at him. What about the Millions of dollars floating into this Campaign. I KNOW they could certainly find dirt on the faces of many of those donors. What about his obvious hate of America, it’s people, and all that it and we stand for.
    Go after him in the same manner he is going after them. Hi is not infallible, he is not a saint, he is certainly not a Deity Oblowhard seems to believe he is, along with his followers. What about the appointments he has made to posts in his Administration, beginning with his two devout Muslim appointees to the National Security agency, etc.
    They are either going to have to return shot for shot, or they will fall behind Obellower. Romney would not have been my first choice for Presidential contender, but I believe he and Ryan make up a good team, and I will certainly give them all my support. For absolutely certain, no matter what you may think of Romney, he is without a doubt, the lesser of two evils if you think of it that way. I don’t think he is at all evil, so don’t twist my words into your meanings.

    TAKE OUT THE TRASH IN NOVEMBER, AND
    KICK THE WOLF OUT OF THE HENHOUSE.

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    • crunchemComment by crunchem
      September 19, 2012 @ 11:04 pm

      I would honestly hope that R&R have several “behind the scenes” zillionaires that dig up all the dirt and throw ALL the crud out there (heck, all the digging has already been done, just keep repeating it in a thousand different ways and a thousand different places); just inundate the media in the next 50 days so that OBummer and his minions can do nothing but explode in defiance. I would be so fun to watch. Alas, there may not be too many Republicans et al willing to do that. It’s our necks on the line, I wish they would go for it.

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  11. MutantoneComment by Mutantone
    September 20, 2012 @ 2:43 am

    “Article III Section 3 defines treason and its punishment.
    Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them,” or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court. The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attained.”

    What they need to do is level charges of treason against the Obama administration, it only takes two witnesses to that treasonous act, at the very least sedition. His turning over our Security and government over to the Muslim Brotherhoods’ agenda

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  12. johntComment by johnt
    September 20, 2012 @ 8:10 am

    this is only one of many lies that will be exposed. the obama adminstration and the demacrat party will keep these tactics up until it becomes so apparent that their own supporters will realize that the demacrats will stop at nothing to stay in power. some if not most will still be their mind-numbed robots and stay with them no matter what. but those with a brain and think for themselves will see them for what they are and leave the party. the independent voters have increased over the years and left both party’s because of this. i’ll sure be happy when this election is over and this sorry excuse for a president and his family is gone out of my house.

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  13. noveldogComment by noveldog
    September 20, 2012 @ 11:15 am

    Good article by the Browns. Now they need to write about the Guillotines that the government have been buying and storing. What purpose do they have for them? Are they a threat to our citizens and our freedom? Is BHO behind this diabolical plan? So go ahead Floyd. Check it out. WH

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