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.  During that season, she broke her own school record for assists in a season with 321, and also broke the Gonzaga and WCC records for career assists. Cassie is the youngest child of Frank's second wife, Vivian VanderSloot.  In addition to her other milestones during the season, she also broke the Gonzaga single-season scoring record. Frank VanderSloot, founder and CEO of Melaleuca, recently launched a new fund to defend people from “overly aggressive medical debt collectors.”. 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 . 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. They defeated UC Davis in the first round before falling to Colorado in the second round.  The Bulldogs went on to win the WCC Tournament, with Vandersloot named tournament MVP.  In the NCAA Tournament, the Zags defeated Xavier for the program's first NCAA Tournament win before narrowly losing in the second round to Pitt. In 2008, VanderSloot's wife, Belinda, donated $100,000 to California's anti-gay-marriage Proposition 8 campaign. This is done through a sales force reaching hundreds of thousands of households across North America, Taiwan, […] Joran van der Sloot's wife, Leydi Figueroa, has a much harder time visiting her husband today. 13 years ago, Frank met his second wife Belinda. 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. Frank L. VanderSloot is the CEO of Melaleuca, Inc. headquartered in Idaho Falls, Idaho. 35 among guards, by Scout.com. Recently, Frank VanderSloot wrote an opinion piece taking aim at the Idaho Freedom Foundation. There is something that separates Courtney from others. The Truth about Melaleuca and Frank VanderSloot . We respect that. There are few things more invasive than being a defamation plaintiff. She is nonetheless determined not to permit a highly politicized billionaire to create a Free Speech and Free Press shield of immunity around himself with baseless, bullying legal threats. 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. Follow Frank Vandersloot on Twitter. As the Post Register's courageous Managing Editor, Dean Miller, detailed here, the backlash against the paper, its editors and reporters was severe: the Boy Scouts in that part of Idaho is associated with and heavily supported by LDS, and "some counties that [the] newspaper serves are more than 70 percent Mormon, and for generations scouting has been the official youth program for Mormon boys. She scored 113 points in the tournament, one shy of the state record for a girls' tournament, and was named MVP.  She was also named as an Eastern Conference reserve for the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game, 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.. Despite these performances, the Sky missed out on the playoffs yet again, they finished 13-21. VanderSloot has been getting a lot of press lately about his $1 million donation to Romney’s super pac, and now Melaleuca attorneys are ratcheting up their efforts to protect what they consider the company’s squeaky clean public image. He was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the age of 16.  During the third grade, she wrote a school paper about her dreams of one day playing in the WNBA.. In 2011, she signed with the Turkish club Beşiktaş. Idaho might supply a third of America’s potatoes, but you won’t find its richest resident among the state’s 325,000 acres of potato fields, or even in its capital city of 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. Even a meritless suit can drag on for months – sometimes even years – and tactics such as aggressive discovery can pile on the costs." While Vandersloot regularly played basketball and many other sports as a child—she was also on a fast-pitch softball team that was runner-up in a Washington state tournament at age 11— her favorite sport was soccer; she had a poster of Mia Hamm on her bedroom wall. 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." , Vandersloot became one of the most decorated players of the 2010–11 season. A district court in Idaho ordered the website to disclose to Melaleuca the identity of the blogger who posted the lawyer's cease-and-desist letter, but refused to compel disclosure of the identity of the other blogger. VanderSloot and his wife, Belinda, announced a $500,000 legal defense fund last week to help east Idahoans with medical debt who also have been slapped with “excessive attorney fees.” Brian was born June 28, 1974, in Seattle to Frank VanderSloot and Kathleen Zundel. 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.  In their second-round game against No. At times, I wasn't too nice. 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. 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.. The reality is that most people who threaten to bring defamation lawsuits rarely do so. 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. In addition to his position with Melaleuca, he owns one of the largest, finest herds of Angus cattle in the U.S. During her college career at Gonzaga University, she was the only women's player in West Coast Conference history to be named the conference's player of the year three times, and also the only player to be named MVP of the WCC Women's Tournament three times. This is done through a sales force reaching hundreds of thousands of households across North America, Taiwan, […] Despite her resolve, May-Chang works as an independent journalist and, like most other targets of VanderSloot's threats, is fearful of the financial consequences of defying his demands. After that season, Vandersloot was asked by many people if she would consider Washington or another Pac-10 school, but decided against it after a Pac-10 assistant told Hennig she was too small. But now, VanderSloot may have picked the wrong person to bully. 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.  She was named an All-Star again in 2019. Tweets by @FLVanderSloot  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. Frank L. VanderSloot (born August 14, 1948) is an American entrepreneur, radio network owner, rancher, and political campaign financier. These national magazines are encountering what small local journalists and bloggers in Idaho have confronted for years.  Vandersloot was again named both WCC Player of the Year and WCC Tournament MVP while leading the Bulldogs to a second consecutive WCC Tournament title. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. VanderSloot has also been in the headlines recently concerning a lawsuit involving a former employee. At the end of the interview, she mentioned to me the series of threats issued to local LGBT journalists and bloggers by VanderSloot. 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. 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.” VanderSloot resides in Idaho Falls, Idaho, with his wife, Belinda VanderSloot (née Boyack), whom he married in 1995. Anyone who is the national finance co-chair of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign deserves probing, substantial scrutiny. In the NCAA Tournament, Vandersloot led the Zags one round farther than in 2009, upsetting No.  Vandersloot was named WCC Player of the Year for an unprecedented third time.  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.  However, she was seen as likely to be one of the top seven picks, and was ultimately picked third overall by the Chicago Sky. When he received an accusatory letter from a Melaleuca lawyer, Associate Counsel Michael LaClare, Tidmarsh spoke to friends to decide what to do, but before he could respond, he received a follow-up missive by email from a different company lawyer, General Counsel Ryan Nelson, demanding compliance. Vandersloot was also consensus first-team all-state, and was named the state's player of the year by the Seattle Times. Although Tidmarsh noted what was plainly true -- that "the facts included in the post are a matter of public record found elsewhere, including the internet, periodicals and newspapers" -- he was afraid of being sued by a billionaire and thus removed the post entirely. I would ride her and foul her. VanderSloot has also been in the headlines recently concerning a lawsuit involving a former employee. 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. Melaleuca marketing doesn’t rely on television commercials, radio ads, billboards, or any of the normal advertising methods. In 1905, they purchased Beechwood, on the Hudson in the hamlet of Scarborough, in Briarcliff Manor, New York. Journalists like Jody May-Chang who focus their journalistic light on people like Frank VanderSloot provide all of us with a vital public service, and deserve our full-fledged support when they are targeted with threats and retribution. Regarding his personal life, Frank VanderSloot has been married to Belinda VanderSloot since 1995. Vandersloot would recall that it "took me a couple of weeks to build up," and when she finally called Stockton for the first time, she hoped that she would reach his voice mail so she wouldn't have to talk. He offered her a scholarship after seeing her practice, even though he did not stay for the tournament. [Adam] Morrison [a recent Gonzaga men's standout] was a little bit the same way. ... Former Zag breaks WNBA record with help from wife. , Vandersloot was widely considered to be one of the top prospects in the 2011 WNBA Draft. During that first season, Graves suggested that she call the school's greatest point guard in history for advice—Hall of Famer John Stockton. 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. In 2019, Vandersloot continued to exceed assists records. 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. 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. The year before she arrived in Spokane, the Bulldogs averaged 1,492 with a team that would make its first NCAA Tournament appearance. They do this with threatening letters demanding that news organizations and bloggers scrub their websites of information they consider damaging or face legal action. Those statutes create causes of action against those who abuse the legal system not to vindicate legal rights, but to intimidate and silence critics.  She was also named to multiple All-America teams. But it doesn’t erase the past. 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". Frank VanderSloot, CEO of Idaho Falls-based Melaleuca, recently announced that he and his wife have started a legal fund to push back against a local medical debt collection company. 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. 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. IDAHO FALLS — Frank VanderSloot says he got “a big education” about the Idaho Freedom Foundation when he visited Boise earlier this year to advocate for legislation. 11 in their region, opened the tournament with a 92–86 upset of Iowa, with Vandersloot scoring a career-high 34 points. Vandersloot broke the WNBA's single game assist record on Monday night, and is using her gift to help give back. Frank VanderSloot grew up a poor farm boy and lived in a laundromat to pay his way through school. Unbeknownst to May-Chang at the time, she, too, had been targeted for the crime of speaking critically of the Idaho CEO. SALON ® is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a trademark of Salon.com, LLC.  Finally, she was named to the 10-player USBWA All-America team, becoming the first Gonzaga player so honored, and the 10-member State Farm Coaches All-America team, another first for a WCC player. Visualizza i profili delle persone di nome Franki van der Sloot. 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. All rights reserved. She won the women's Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award as the top Division I player no taller than 5'8" (1.73 m), and the Nancy Lieberman Award as the top point guard in Division I women's basketball. During that game, she became the first player in Division I history to amass 2,000 career points and 1,000 career assists. Melaleuca's get-rich pitches have in the past caused Michigan regulators to take action, resulting in the company's entering into a voluntary agreement to "not engage in the marketing and promotion of an illegal pyramid"'; it entered into a separate voluntary agreement with the Idaho attorney general's office, which found that "certain independent marketing executives of Melaleuca" had violated Idaho law; and the Food and Drug Administration previously accused Melaleuca of deceiving consumers about some of its supplements. He can’t comment on the case because it has not yet been resolved. Joran van Der sloot, the man suspected in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in aruba nearly seven years ago, has been sentenced to 28 years in prison. Forbes, too, received complaints from Melaleuca lawyers which caused them to remove the article entirely. , Vandersloot became a basketball star at Kentwood High School in her hometown. His clothes came from the Salvation Army. The WNBA has a new single-game assists leader. Vandersloot is also the first Division I player, male or female, to have accumulated 2,000 points and 1,000 assists in a career, and only the second female overall. 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). The Truth about Melaleuca and Frank VanderSloot . Idaho-based businessman Frank VanderSloot, who gave $1 million to Mitt Romney’s Super PAC in the last election, told Breitbart News he was audited three times last year and investigated a fourth. 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