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Obama Enemy Investigated and Audited

Last August, Idaho businessman Frank VanderSloot gave $1 million to Restore Our Future, the SuperPac supporting Mitt Romney

In April, according to Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberly Strassel, the Obama campaign website put him on one of its enemies lists –  “Keeping GOP Honest” – smearing Vandersloot as one among a group of “wealthy individuals with less-than-reputable records” who in particular was “litigious, combative and a bitter foe of the gay rights movement.”

He’s combative! The nerve of him.

Just 12 days after coming under attack by the Obama campaign, Mr. VanderSloot found out that a private investigator – who had recently worked for the Senate Democrats and was now in the employ of an opposition research firm – was sifting through his records for dirt.

And then on June 21, VanderSloot got a love note from the IRS informing him that he and his wife were being audited, according to Strassel.

Mr. VanderSloot, who is 63 and has been working since his teens, says neither he nor his accountants recall his being subject to a federal tax audit before. He was once required to send documents on a line item inquiry into his charitable donations, which resulted in no changes to his taxes. But nothing more—that is until now, shortly after he wrote a big check to a Romney-supporting Super PAC.

Not to be outdone, the Labor Department got in on the investigation

Two weeks after receiving the IRS letter, Mr. VanderSloot received another—this one from the Department of Labor. He was informed it would be doing an audit of workers he employs on his Idaho-based cattle ranch under the federal visa program for temporary agriculture workers . . .

This letter requests an array of documents to ascertain whether Mr. VanderSloot’s “foreign workers are provided the full scope of protections” under the visa program: information on the hours they’ve worked each day and their rate of pay, an explanation of their deductions, copies of contracts. And on and on.

I’m sure this is all a coincidence. How could the Obama administration do something that would look so obviously bad?

Unless, of course, that’s exactly the point. The bad publicity may be conveying an important message:

If you’re thinking of donating $1 million to a pro-Romney PAC, please make sure your papers are in order, because someone may soon be demanding to see them.

Obama Takes Down the Rest of His Ads in Colorado

Looks like there’s a lot of positioning going on to make sure each candidate seems appropriately mournful of the events in Aurora, Colorado.

The Obama campaign just put out word that it has pulled ALL its ads from Colorado markets. Earlier, the campaign said it was taking down only the attack ads.

From the pool report:

From a campaign official:

“We have asked affiliates in Colorado to pull down all of our advertising for the time being.  Not just contrast spots.  It takes time for stations to be able to do this, but we are making every effort.”

This follows word that Romney had suspended ALL advertising in the state.

Obama Returning to DC; Pulls Colo. Attack Ads

Updated 11:28 am ET

President Obama addressed the Colorado mass murder this morning during an event in Fort Myers, Florida and is now headed back to Washington to monitor the situation.

Obama canceled a scheduled campaign event outside Orlando.

“He wants to be back in Washington to get further updates on this, and I think you can expect that he will upon arrival,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

Meanwhile, the Obama campaign will pull its attack ads in Colorado for the time being, though the process may take some time, according to Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

The Fort Myers event, which had also been scheduled to be a campaign appearance, was shortened and turned into a venue for a statement by Obama on the tragedy.

From the pool report:

President Obama spoke for about 6 minutes to a convention center full of supporters. There was an american flag and bunting, but no campaign signs with the now familiar “Forward” campaign slogan. There was no music and the mood was somber.

Obama said: “This morning, we woke up to news of a tragedy that remind us we are always united as an American family.”

He said, “We may never understand what leads anyone to terrorize their fellow human beings, such violence, such evil senselessness is beyond reason.”

But, he added, “We do know what makes life worth living. People in Aurora loved and were loved.”

“I’m sure many of you are parents who had the same reaction I did when we heard the news. My daughters go to the movies. What if Malia and Sasha had been at the theater as so many kids do each day?”

He led a moment of silence five minutes into the speech.

Mitt Romney will also use what had been scheduled to be a campaign event in New Hampshire to talk about the shooting. His campaign is pulling its ads in Colorado.

Obama was briefed this morning a 5:26 am ET on the shootings by Homeland Security Adviser John Brennan.

Carney, who appeared to choke up during a briefing for reporters aboard Air Force One, indicated that the shootings do not appear to be related to terrorism.

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Obama’s First Ad Flops

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Obama Campaign Collecting GOP Emails

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