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National writer knocks Romney donor, as Romney’s Boise campaign rally nears

Glenn Greenwald, a contributing writer at, former constitutional law attorney in New York, author of three books and a widely known political commentator who was the featured speaker at the ACLU of Idaho's Bill of Rights dinner last week, has published an article today on Salon about Frank VanderSloot, the eastern Idaho businessman who's a big-dollar donor to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and VanderSloot's history of threatening lawsuits over critical press coverage entitled "Billionaire Romney donor uses threats to silence critics;" you can read it here.

Meanwhile, Romney himself is in Boise today, for two high-dollar fundraisers at the Grove Hotel, followed by a public campaign rally at 1:30 at Guerdon Enterprises, 5556 S. Federal Way in Boise. And tomorrow, GOP candidate Ron Paul will hold a campaign rally at 12:30 the Century Link Arena downtown, 223 S. Capitol Blvd.; Paul also plans rallies in Moscow at the University of Idaho at 4 today, and in Spokane tonight at 7:30 at the Spokane Convention Center. This after GOP candidate Rick Santorum drew big crowds to rallies in Boise and Coeur d'Alene on Tuesday.

Idaho GOP Executive Director Jonathan Parker said in a statement today, "With three Republican presidential candidates campaigning in Idaho in one week, the national media and presidential candidates are recognizing what we have known all along – that Idaho’s 32 delegates are more than Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada. For the first time in many years, the road to the White House goes through Idaho!" Attracting some of the candidates and attention to Idaho was part of the Idaho GOP's thinking in scheduling a Super Tuesday presidential caucus this year on March 6, rather than a May presidential primary election.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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