Frank VanderSloot, Romney donor investigated or audited by IRS, DOL 4 times, after making ‘enemies list’ –
Large money donor to Mitt Romney’s campaign says he was audited three times in 2012 and investigated a fourth time by the government.
In the wake of the IRS scandal, which revealed the IRS was targeting tea party and patriot groups during the 2012 election cycle, Frank VanderSloot tells Breitbart News on May 19 that Department of Labor audited his business too, and a staffer for the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations appeared in his town of Idaho Falls, Idaho, seeking legal records about him.
VanderSloot that the investigations began immediately after he made President Obama’s re-election campaign put him on what has become colloquially known as Obama’s “enemies list.”
On April 20, 2012, Obama’s campaign published statements about eight Romney donors, including VanderSloot, and argued that they are “a group of wealthy individuals with less-than-reputable records” and many “have been on the wrong side of the law, others have made profits at the expense of so many Americans.”
Within 10 days of the campaign publishing that list, Michael Wolf, then a staffer for the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, appeared in Idaho Falls, Idaho, seeking legal records about VanderSloot.
The article continues to detail how two months later: “VanderSloot and his wife Belinda were told by the IRS their personal finances were being audited. One week after that, President Obama’s Department of Labor commenced an audit on VanderSloot’s company VanderSloot Farms. Then, a couple months later, in September, the IRS commenced an audit on another of VanderSloot’s companies, RBH Idaho.”
The accountant fees cost $80,000 to respond to the audits etc…and the IRS and DOL never found any wrongdoings – “no fees, no penalties and no changes in taxes paid.”
“I’ve been through one audit, maybe, surely not in the last two decades, I’m thinking thirty years ago,” VanderSloot said in a phone interview with Breitbart News. “Now, to be hit with two IRS audits within a span of two months of each other? And coming right on the heels of the president’s list? Those things just look awful suspicious.”
VanderSloot says he doesn’t believe the Obama administration order the investigations, but he is happy to see an investigation into these facts.
“My argument would be this: We do need to separate those things that we know from those things that we don’t know, and the things that we fear to be true from the things that we can legitimately conclude to be true,” he said. “I think this is a time not for drawing conclusions, but this is a time for asking a lot of questions. I’m really, really thrilled that these questions are being asked. I don’t know where it will all lead.”