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Frank VanderSloot

AKA Frank L. VanderSloot

Born: 14-Aug-1948
Birthplace: Billings, MT

Gender: Male
Religion: Mormon
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business, Philanthropist
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Melaleuca CEO

Today we are happy to announce a monumental legal victory for Mother Jones: A judge in Idaho has ruled in our favor on all claims in a defamation case filed by a major Republican donor, Frank VanderSloot, and his company, Melaleuca Inc [...] That September, we broke the story of Romney's 47 percent comments, which some have argued cost the GOP the White House. Four months later, VanderSloot -- who was also one of Gov. Romney's national finance chairs -- filed a defamation lawsuit against Mother Jones, as well as Stephanie Mencimer, the reporter of the article, and Monika [Bauerlein, Mother Jones CEO] personally (for her tweet about the piece). [...]

This was not a dispute over a few words. It was a push, by a superrich businessman and donor, to wipe out news coverage that he disapproved of. Had he been successful, it would have been a chilling indicator that the 0.01 percent can control not only the financing of political campaigns, but also media coverage of those campaigns. [...]

In a way, there was something ironically hopeful about this: A conservative Republican -- someone who not long ago was quoted saying it was "child abuse" to put a film about gay parents on public television -- had apparently come to believe that to call him a gay-basher was so damaging to his reputation that he must fight the argument at virtually any cost.[1]

[1] "We Were Sued by a Billionaire Political Donor. We Won. Here's What Happened." Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery, Mother Jones, 8 Oct 2015.

Father: Peter VanderSloot ("Frank", d. 1982)
Mother: Margaret May Christensen Sindberg-Woodley (d. 2-Aug-2004)
Sister: Luana Hiebert
Sister: Marguerite VanderSloot
Brother: Peter VanderSloot
Wife: Kathleen Zundel (div.)
Son: Matthew Trent VanderSloot
Daughter: Cassie VanderSloot
Son: Brian Frank VanderSloot (b. 28-Jun-1974, d. 3-Nov-2011)
Daughter: Eliza VanderSloot
Wife: Belinda Boyack (m. 1995)

    High School: Sandpoint High School, Sandpoint, ID (1966)
AA Business, Ricks College
    University: BS Business, Brigham Young University (1973)

    Melaleuca, Inc. CEO
    Cox Communications Regional Vice Present, Washington state
    Direct Selling Association
    US Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (2004-)
    4-H Club
    The Commonwealth PAC
    Free and Strong America PAC
    Friends of Giuliani Exploratory Committee
    George W. Bush for President
    Helen's List
    John McCain 2008
    McCain-Palin Compliance Fund
    McCain-Palin Victory 2008
    National Republican Congressional Committee
    National Republican Senatorial Committee
    Obama for America $250 (11-Jul-2008)
    Republican National Committee
    Restore Our Future
    Romney for President National Finance Co-Chair
    Romney Victory Inc.
    Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign Committee
    Converted to Mormonism senior year of high school (1965)
    Religious Mission: Mormon Netherlands
    Silver Beaver
    Dutch Ancestry

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