That's the dynamic that has to change, and (this is addressed to any lawyers for VanderSloot and Melaleuca reading this) this is the dynamic that will change if someone stands up to these pernicious tactics. In addition to his position with Melaleuca, he owns one of the largest, finest herds of Angus cattle in the U.S. 11 seed, but had the advantage of playing their first-round and potential second-round games at their home court of McCarthey Athletic Center. Her father built a sports court with a basketball goal behind the family house, but she almost never played there, choosing instead to play at a hoop in front of a neighbor's house where she could easily be seen by other children in the neighborhood. Jody May-Chang is an independent journalist and an LGBT spokesperson in Boise. The word about Melaleuca gets around in the old-fashioned way–by one person telling another about the effectiveness of Melaleuca products and the consumer-direct business opportunity Melaleuca provides. How Frank VanderSloot, Wellness Billionaire And GOP Kingmaker, Became Idaho's Richest Person Chase Peterson-Withorn , FORBES STAFF I cover the world's most successful entrepreneurs. But it is VanderSloot's chronic bullying threats to bring patently frivolous lawsuits against his political critics -- magazines, journalists, and bloggers -- that makes him particularly pernicious and worthy of more attention. By her junior year, attendance had risen to 2,935, and rose again to 3,824 in her senior season, with the Zags selling out the McCarthey Athletic Center twice before the NCAA tournament. [7], That season, she had averaged more than 18 points and 7 assists as she led Kentwood to its first state tournament appearance; they would lose in the second round of the tournament to Spokane's University High, led by future Tennessee star Angie Bjorklund. There is no journalist or blogger too small to evade VanderSloot's threats. Then there was VanderSloot's behavior in response to an award-winning investigative series by The Post Register, a small, independently-owned newspaper in Mormon-heavy Idaho Falls, which unearthed the story of a pedophile in the local Boy Scouts troop who had molested dozens of scouts (the national Boy Scouts of America had succeeded in having the subsequent civil case sealed from public view). Idaho’s richest man, Frank VanderSloot, and his wife, Belinda, announced on Tuesday they would double their original donation of $500,000 to defend eastern Idahoans from a … " She eventually reached the point where she regularly beat her coach off the dribble. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories . VanderSloot has also been in the headlines recently concerning a lawsuit involving a former employee. As his work on the Romney campaign brings him national notoriety, he is now aiming these tactics beyond Idaho. Most of those who have been successfully bullied out of their free speech rights are reluctant to talk about what happened for fear of further retribution. The Truth about Melaleuca and Frank VanderSloot . I was more physical than anything she's ever been used to. "[7], In her rookie season, she became the Sky's regular starter at the point, ultimately starting 26 of the team's 34 games. Frank VanderSloot Net Worth Detail. So alarmed were Mother Jones editors at the prospect of being sued by such deep pockets that they did not edit the piece in accordance with the dictates of Melaleuca lawyers but actually removed the entire article from the Internet, and, until yesterday afternoon, it had been deleted for more than a week. Joran van der Sloot's wife says her husband was stabbed twice in the Peruvian prison where he is serving time for murder, according to reports. [Adam] Morrison [a recent Gonzaga men's standout] was a little bit the same way. Brian was born June 28, 1974, in Seattle to Frank VanderSloot and … That "truth is a defense" allows sweeping discovery into the allegedly defamatory statements. The revised article contains numerous tortured edits and corrections (all about trivial issues) designed to placate VanderSloot's lawyers and to correct what were a couple of minor errors; tellingly, nobody from Mother Jones was willing to be quoted, even anonymously, for this article. She was selected to the 2019 WNBA All-Star Game, making it her second All-Star appearance. VanderSloot was personally audited by the IRS, as was his business. Vandersloot once again found her wife — a three-time WNBA All-Star in her own right — for another trey with 21 seconds left to extend the record to 18. [38] Her average of 3.7 assists per game (apg) was 11th in the league[38] and second among rookies. Melaleuca marketing doesn’t rely on television commercials, radio ads, billboards, or any of the normal advertising methods. This is done through a sales force reaching hundreds of thousands of households across North America, Taiwan, […] Reproduction of material from any Salon pages without written permission is strictly prohibited. All rights reserved. This is what one now finds when one clicks on a link to the original article. Currently, he is the national finance co-chair of the Mitt Romney presidential campaign, and his company has become one of the largest donors ($1 million) to the ostensibly "independent" pro-Romney SuperPAC, Restore Our Future. VanderSloot has also been in the headlines recently concerning a lawsuit involving a former employee. He is the founder and chief executive officer of Melaleuca, Inc. His other business interests include the Riverbend Ranch and Riverbend Communications. We respect that. She led the WNBA in assists in 2014, 2017, 2018, and 2019, and holds the all-time WNBA records for most assists in a season (300), highest assists-per-game in a season (9.1), and highest career assists-per-game (6.2).[5][6]. [25] Vandersloot was named WCC Player of the Year for an unprecedented[7] third time. It detailed VanderSloot's ties to Romney, the controversial business history of Melaleuca, and the attacks on (and community outing of) Zuckerman by VanderSloot for his Boy Scout/pedophile investigative series. There is no question that there will be ample willing donors ready to support an independent journalist and a stalwart activist for LGBT equality in Idaho who is the target of a steamrolling, intimidation campaign from a right-wing billionaire fanatic and Romney finance co-chair, especially one plagued with the history that VanderSloot has. IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Oct. 10, 2019 – Frank and Belinda VanderSloot announced a second donation of $500,000 today to a consumer protection fund that defends Idaho citizens from overly aggressive medical debt collectors and attorneys who appear to use unscrupulous tactics.. I would ride her and foul her. There they founded the Scarborough … Most important to her future development as a player, she regularly played against boys. It warned them that "this is serious business" that "will escalate this quickly if you do not help us resolve these issues immediately.". VanderSloot has also long used his wealth in electoral politics: it was VanderSloot's LearJet that was rented by the state's far-right Lt. [36] However, she was seen as likely to be one of the top seven picks,[37] and was ultimately picked third overall by the Chicago Sky. [13] Vandersloot eventually worked with Stockton throughout her Gonzaga career. But it doesn’t erase the past. It merits much more attention that such a prominent and significant Romney backer is repeatedly using his vast wealth to bully reporters, bloggers, and activists out of writing about him with threats of frivolous though potentially bankruptcy-inducing legal claims. Joran van der Sloot's wife, Leydi Figueroa, has a much harder time visiting her husband today. [41] On July 20, 2018, Vandersloot became the seventh player in league history to post a triple-double, she scored 13 points along with 10 rebounds and a career-high 15 assists in a 114-99 victory over the Dallas Wings. As a result, they immediately sent May-Chang another letter -- four years after her original post -- demanding removal of what it called "inflammatory rhetoric published as fact" and "false accusations of bigotry." In 2019, Vandersloot continued to exceed assists records. This tactic almost always succeeds in silencing its targets, because even journalists and their employers who have done nothing wrong are afraid of the potentially ruinous costs they will incur when sued by a litigious billionaire. Follow Glenn Greenwald on Twitter: @ggreenwald. Frank VanderSloot grew up a poor farm boy and lived in a laundromat to pay his way through school. Governor, Jim Risch, to fly around the state as Risch successfully campaigned in 2008 to replace Larry Craig in the Senate. In 2007, one of them ("TomPaine") wrote a critical post about VanderSloot, and then quickly received a letter from Melaleuca's in-house General Counsel at the time, Ken Sheppard, threatening a lawsuit if the post was not removed within 24 hours. SALON ® is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a trademark of Salon.com, LLC. The Truth about Melaleuca and Frank VanderSloot . Over the last decade, he has continuously inserted himself into the political realm in all sorts of inflammatory and influential ways, clearly making him a public figure and fair game for scrutiny. Frank VanderSloot grew up a poor kid in rural Idaho. Frank VanderSloot, the billionaire founder of supplement company Melaleuca (and richest man in Idaho), who was heavily involved in the Mormon Church and Boy Scouts, took it … On February 2 of this year, one of its bloggers, James Tidmarsh, wrote a piece entitled "Romney Receives Big Money from Idaho's Not-So-Gay-Friendly Melaleuca Company." Frank VanderSloot was born on August 14, 1948 in Idaho Falls, Idaho, United States. He is the founder and chief executive officer of Melaleuca, Inc. His other business interests include the Riverbend Ranch and Riverbend Communications. That's why one no longer can even read most of the criticisms that prompted these warnings. But now, VanderSloot may have picked the wrong person to bully. In it, she described VanderSloot's involvement in the campaign against the public television documentary, and wondered aloud if the GOP Senate candidate shared VanderSloot's anti-gay views. the pressure cooker that crisps. It's almost impossible to imagine any more thuggish attempts to intimidate people from speaking out and criticizing VanderSloot: this was a tiny website being sued for trivial offenses in federal court by a company owned by a billionaire. He can’t comment on the case because it has not yet been resolved. . In the first round elimination game, the Sky defeated the Phoenix Mercury 105-76 to advance. Cassie is the youngest child of Frank's second wife, Vivian VanderSloot. There's no debating that the original version published June 3, 2012 stated that Vivian was Frank's third wife ("...Frank's third wife, Vivian VanderSloot"). 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 . Coming up Friday night Frank talks candidly about his wife and how they’ve raised their 14 children. VanderSloot bought numerous full-page newspaper ads in The Post Register that attacked the story and explicitly identified the reporter, Zuckerman, as "a homosexual" (Zuckerman had previously written for a small Florida paper about being gay when he lived in that state, but had kept his sexual orientation largely a secret since he moved to rural Idaho). That's equally true of someone who continues to use their vast wealth to influence the outcome of our elections and our most inflammatory political debates. Her coach, Keith Hennig, a former player at Central Washington University who is 6 inches taller than Vandersloot, regularly played one-on-one against her either before or after the team's practice. [36] John Stockton gave Vandersloot high praise, stating, "I don’t want to dramatize it too much but she’s like Gretzky in hockey. Coming up Friday night Frank talks candidly about his wife and how they’ve raised their 14 children. She broke her own league record for assists per game with 9.1 apg. He has been using this abusive tactic in Idaho for years: suppressing legitimate political speech by threatening or even commencing lawsuits against even the most obscure critics (he has even sued local bloggers for "copyright infringement" after they published a threatening letter sent by his lawyers). Worse, as part of that lawsuit, Melaleuca issued a subpoena demanding the identities of both anonymous bloggers -- the one who wrote the original post about VanderSloot ("TomPaine") and the one who posted the lawyer's letter ("d2"). Born in the Seattle suburb of Kent, Washington to parents who both worked for Boeing,[9] Vandersloot grew up in a neighborhood with many children her age, and said in a 2011 interview that "all we did was play sports, all sports." [35], Her impact on the Gonzaga program can be measured by another statistic—home attendance. He not only bought the entire operation on the island of Oahu, but paid $1.5 million to the ranchers and several others who were owed money. [39] She was also named as an Eastern Conference reserve for the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game,[3] and was one of the five members of the 2011 All-Rookie Team, gaining 10 of a possible 11 votes from the league's head coaches.[4]. Even a meritless suit can drag on for months – sometimes even years – and tactics such as aggressive discovery can pile on the costs." As the Project explains: "such lawsuits turn the justice system into a weapon, and have a serious chilling effect on the free speech that is so vital to the public interest. [18] The Bulldogs went on to win the WCC Tournament, with Vandersloot named tournament MVP. Mencimer's article was re-posted only late yesterday. But again, if you click on the link to the Forbes site where the article originally appeared -- here -- you will be greeted by a message error; the only evidence of the article is found from other sites that linked to it. By her own admission, Vandersloot came to Gonzaga as a shy freshman. 3 seed UCLA, Vandersloot finished with 29 points and 17 assists, one assist shy of the record for a Division I tournament game, as the Zags took down the Bruins 89–75. Mahala was born in 1854. 64 national prospect,[11] and No. May-Chang never actually received that letter back when it was sent in 2007, and because she soon thereafter moved her website to a different URL, Melaleuca likely assumed she complied with its demands and removed the post. Zuckerman's editor, Dean Miller, explained: "Our reporter, Peter Zuckerman, was not 'out' to anyone but family, a few colleagues at the paper (including me), and his close friends"; but after VanderSloot outed him to his community in that ad, "strangers started ringing Peter's doorbell at midnight. [30] She was also named to multiple All-America teams. Vandersloot totaled 13 points (4-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-5 FT), 18 assists, two rebounds, two steals and one block over 34 minutes in Monday's win against the Fever. Tweets by @FLVanderSloot I felt so comfortable here." Now he's the richest man in Idaho, thanks to "the wellness company." Frank VanderSloot is an Idaho billionaire and the CEO of Melaleuca, Inc., a controversial billion-dollar-a-year company which peddles dietary supplements and cleaning products; back in 2004, Forbes, echoing complaints to government agencies, described the company as “a pyramid selling organization, built along the lines of Herbalife and Amway.” They would take full advantage of their home court in the first two rounds. By coincidence, she was one of the local reporters who interviewed me last weekend when I spoke to the annual Bill of Rights dinner of the ACLU in Idaho. In 1905, they purchased Beechwood, on the Hudson in the hamlet of Scarborough, in Briarcliff Manor, New York. But then the recent Mother Jones article cited and linked to May-Chang's post at its new URL, and Melaleuca likely learned that way that it was still posted on the Internet. “I just thought, ‘Here’s somebody who I … Copyright © 2019 Salon.com, LLC. The threatening letter also complained about Tidmarsh's statement that VanderSloot "attacked" Zuckerman and "knock[ed] him for his sexuality" -- again, also plainly true given the contents of that full-page newspaper ad that outed Zuckerman to his not-very-gay-friendly rural Idaho community in the context of attacking his journalism. The word about Melaleuca gets around in the old-fashioned way–by one person telling another about the effectiveness of Melaleuca products and the consumer-direct business opportunity Melaleuca provides. The WNBA has a new single-game assists leader. She became a regular starter for the Sky in subsequent seasons, and helped lead the team to the 2014 WNBA Finals against the Phoenix Mercury in her fourth season, but the Sky were swept 3-0. little lives are going to be damaged permanently," he said. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/79871375/brian-frank-vandersloot Unbeknownst to May-Chang at the time, she, too, had been targeted for the crime of speaking critically of the Idaho CEO. Melaleuca marketing doesn’t rely on television commercials, radio ads, billboards, or any of the normal advertising methods. In the 2017 season, she led the league in assists for the second time in her career, setting the single-season league record for assists per game at 8.1 apg and the record for most assists over a 15-game stretch with 149. . As Vandersloot was shooting video, her wife and teammate outshot the Thunder’s Paul. But for the last full week, if one clicked on the link to where that story once was on the Mother Jones website, the article was no longer there, replaced by an "Access Denied" error message. Courtney Vandersloot is a Hungarian-American professional basketball player who plays in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) for Chicago Sky as their point guard. Beyond that, those like VanderSloot who are public figures, suing over articles clearly about matters of public interest, have a very high burden to meet in order to prevail, and proving actual damages is difficult in the extreme. [19] In the NCAA Tournament, the Zags defeated Xavier for the program's first NCAA Tournament win[20] before narrowly losing in the second round to Pitt. ", In response to this six-part exposé -- which won the Scripps Howard Award for Distinguished Service to the First Amendment -- VanderSloot went on a virtual jihad against the newspaper and the principal reporter who exposed the scandal, Peter Zuckerman. Since the company began in September of 1985, VanderSloot has directed its growth into an international company that generates more than $1 billion in annual revenue. During that game, she became the first player in Division I history to amass 2,000 career points and 1,000 career assists. He offered her a scholarship after seeing her practice, even though he did not stay for the tournament. Frank L. VanderSloot is CEO of Melaleuca, Inc. in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Together they have fourteen children: six from Frank VanderSloot's two prior marriages, and eight from Belinda VanderSloot's first marriage. It’s those same ideals that Frank uses in his family. [8] The win advanced them to the Sweet Sixteen for the second straight year, and to a regional tournament that would be held less than two miles (3 km) from the Gonzaga campus at Spokane Arena. [32] She also was named to the five-woman Wooden All-America Team, another honor never before achieved by a WCC player. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. HRC has started a petition called "Fire Frank," calling on Romney to "Fire Frank VanderSloot immediately and return the money he has donated to your campaign." Numerous journalists and bloggers in Idaho -- who want to write critically about VanderSloot's vast funding of right-wing political causes -- are petrified even to mention his name for fear of these threats. I just fell in love with it. She won the women's Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award as the top Division I player no taller than 5'8" (1.73 m),[31] and the Nancy Lieberman Award as the top point guard in Division I women's basketball. The Post Register sued to obtain those sealed records, and then detailed how a Mormon bishop knew of his pedophile history yet still recommended him as a Scout master, how he was protected by several Boy Scout lawyers who were aware of more abuse but did not tell the boys' parents, and how top-level local and national leaders of the Mormon Church had also received warnings. [21], As a junior in 2009–10, Vandersloot led Division I in assists, averaging 9.4 per game,[22] while leading the Zags to an unbeaten record in conference play. Imprisoned killer Joran Van der Sloot is now a father after his wife of three months gave birth to a baby girl. Since the company began in September of 1985, VanderSloot has directed its growth into an international company that generates more than $1 billion in annual revenue. Together they have fourteen children:[24] six from Frank VanderSloot’s two prior marriages, and eight from Belinda VanderSloot’s first marriage. [33] Finally, she was named to the 10-player USBWA All-America team, becoming the first Gonzaga player so honored,[34] and the 10-member State Farm Coaches All-America team, another first for a WCC player. And it's certainly true of someone who has made it a regular practice of threatening journalists, bloggers and activists who shine light on his political and business practices. Courtney Vandersloot (born February 8, 1989) is an American-Hungarian basketball point guard for the Chicago Sky of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and Yakin Dogu in the Turkish Women's Basketball League (TKBL). “It was a complete shock,” Cassie said about her step-brother's death. Frank VanderSloot, founder and CEO of Melaleuca, recently launched a new fund to defend people from “overly aggressive medical debt collectors.”. Brian was born June 28, 1974, in Seattle to Frank VanderSloot and Kathleen Zundel. Courtney Vandersloot (born February 8, 1989) is an American-Hungarian basketball point guard for the Chicago Sky of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and Yakin Dogu in the Turkish Women's Basketball League (TKBL). VanderSloot is a devout Mormon and has been an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) since 1965. Graves would finally get to see Vandersloot at length in her junior year, on the day before the 2006 Washington Class 4A state tournament. Written by Elliot Suthers -- a Forbes blogger and GOP operative (he worked on the campaigns of McCain 2008 and Saxby Chambliss) -- the article examined what it called (based on this 2004 Forbes profile and complaints to government agencies) Melaleuca's "somewhat shady business model," and also referenced the "number of anti-gay causes" which VanderSloot has funded. [27] In their second-round game against No. Close to 30 states in the U.S. have adopted so-called anti-SLAPP statutes -- designed to punish "strategic lawsuits against public participation" (SLAPP). Frank VanderSloot may have evolved along with America. On February 10 -- four days after the Mother Jones piece was first posted -- Forbes published an article entitled "Meet the Men Behind Romney: Four Contributors Mitt Probably Doesn't Want You to Know About". [7] Vandersloot was again named both WCC Player of the Year[23] and WCC Tournament MVP[24] while leading the Bulldogs to a second consecutive WCC Tournament title. In the last month alone, VanderSloot, using threats of expensive defamation actions, has successfully forced Forbes, Mother Jones and at least one local gay blogger in Idaho to remove articles that critically focused on his political and business practices (Mother Jones subsequently re-posted the article with revisions a week after first removing it). Her relatively small size had been a subject of concern, as was her defense—despite averaging 4.5 steals per game in the 2011 NCAA tournament and ending her Gonzaga career with 366. But May-Chang is determined not to succumb to this bullying or to relinquish her right to opine and report on the conduct of a very significant political figure in her state. 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