Melaleuca CEO and million-dollar Mitt Romney donor Frank VanderSloot has made a big splash questioning the timing of a pair of federal audits — implying, but not outright saying, the actions may have been politically drivem.
Meanwhile, here's an interesting angle on political connections from Northwest political blogger Randy Stapilus.
The former Statesman editor latches onto a $399,000 grant awarded by the state's Economic Advisory Council in July — money which will help the Idaho Falls company develop 6,600 acres of commercial land.
Writes Stapilus: "That payout may very well have been a normal part of operations, and Vandersloot’s close relationship with most of Idaho’s top elected officials might have had nothing to do with it.
"You wonder what Vandersloot’s supporters, so quick on the draw when it comes to federal agency action, would think about that."
Here's the link to the full Stapilus post.