Recently The Blaze reported on how the Obama team treats high profile Romney donors. The message: donate to Romney and you’ll feel the wrath of the Obama smear machine.
The Blaze explains, "VanderSloot has run a wellness-products company called Melaleuca Inc. out of Idaho Falls, ID, for the last 26 years, the Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley A. Strassel reports. By all accounts, it’s a healthy and prosperous company — something of a rarity in this current economy. But that doesn’t matter to certain members of 'Team Obama.' VanderSloot gave $1 million to the pro-Romney Super PAC Restore Our Future and that was enough to land him a spot on the enemies list."
What happens when you end up on the enemies list? Well, you end up on Obama's (former) Attack Watch website "Keeping GOP Honest" site.
Glenn continued to read the news report, this time from the Wall Street Journal who said:
About a week after that post, a man named Michael Wolf contacted the Bonneville County Courthouse in Idaho Falls in search of court records regarding Mr. VanderSloot. Specifically, Mr. Wolf wanted all the documents dealing with Mr. VanderSloot's divorces, as well as a case involving a dispute with a former Melaleuca employee.
Mr. Wolf sent a fax to the clerk's office—which I have obtained—listing four cases he was after. He would later send a second fax, asking for three further court cases dealing with either Melaleuca or Mr. VanderSloot. Mr. Wolf listed only his name and a private cellphone number.
Some digging revealed that Mr. Wolf was, until a few months ago, a law clerk on the Democratic side of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. He's found new work. The ID written out at the top of his faxes identified them as coming from "Glenn Simpson." That's the name of a former Wall Street Journal reporter who in 2009 founded a D.C. company that performs private investigative work.
The website for that company, Fusion GPS, describes itself as providing "strategic intelligence," with expertise in areas like "politics." That's a polite way of saying "opposition research."
Vandersloot has said he is undeterred by the invasions into his past, and is contemplating a second contribution.
Glenn said that these kinds of dirty tactics haven't been seen since the Nixon administration, but it's clear that Obama and his team will do anything to get the dirt they want on anyone who disagrees with them.
Stu added that while in the past these kinds of tactics were done with flashlights under the cover of night, Obama is taking full responsibility and putting the results out there on his own website. He doesn't think there is anything wrong with invading the privacy of a private citizen.