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Wed., Aug. 1, 2012, 8:50 a.m.

Edit: Picking On Idaho’s VanderSloot?

Prominent Idaho Falls businessman Frank VanderSloot (pictured) gave more than $1 million toward a Super PAC supporting Republican Mitt Romney. He is a national campaign finance co-chair for the GOP presidential hopeful. For that, Barack Obama's re-election campaign added VanderSloot to a list of eight Romney mega-donors, and characterized VanderSloot as "litigious, combative and a bitter foe of the gay rights movement." And a Democratic opposition research worker started digging around VanderSloot's history, including his divorces. Then both the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor slapped audits on him. The IRS wants to look at VanderSloot's 2008 and 2009 tax returns; the labor department is reviewing three temporary foreign workers VanderSloot employs at his Riverbend Ranch in southwestern Montana. So the Obama administration is harassing one of Romney's top contributors.This story couldn't look any more damning for Obama's re-election campaign, could it?/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Is this a matter of political harassment by the Obama administration -- or something else?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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