Don’t know who Frank VanderSloot, National Finance co-chair for Mitt Romney is? You should.

Glenn Greenwald has a fascinating article up on Salon right now with all the details, including what appears to be VanderSloot’s habit of using threats of legal action against anyone who publishes articles critical of him and/or his business practices.

One of the important things to note about VanderSloot is his, and his wife’s, history of anti-gay, anti-marriage equality activism.  From Greenwald’s article:

He has a history of virulent anti-gay activism, including the spearheading of a despicable billboard campaigncondemning Idaho Public Television for a documentary, entitled It’s Elementary, that was designed to provide “a window into what really happens when teachers address lesbian and gay issues with their students in age-appropriate ways” (the image on the left shows one of VanderSloot’s “homosexual lifestyle” billboards after it was defaced with the word “YES!”). VanderSloot denounced the documentary as a threat to children: “if this isn’t stopped, a lot of little kids will watch this program and create questions they’ve never had . . . little lives are going to be damaged permanently,” he said. In 2008, VanderSloot’s wife, Belinda, donated $100,000 to California’s anti-gay-marriage Proposition 8 campaign.

For anyone out there who still is under the vague impression that Mitt Romney is somehow the “moderate” Republican in the race, his close association with VanderSloot should give you pause for thought.

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