• With: Frank Vandersloot, Melaleuca CEO

    This is a rush transcript from "Your World," May 11, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

    NEIL CAVUTO, HOST OF “YOUR WORLD”: Well, he gave $1 million to a super PAC supporting Mitt Romney and soon after found himself listed on an Obama campaign Web site, the post accusing him of being among eight wealthy individuals with less-than-reputable records. His name is Frank VanderSloot. He is a multi-millionaire who runs a wellness products company in Idaho. The Wall Street Journal reporting that people have now started digging into his divorce records. Mr. VanderSloot he says he will not be intimidated. He joins us now on the phone.

    By the way, we did call the Obama campaign for a response on all of this. We are waiting to hear back.

    This sounds pretty bizarre, Mr. VanderSloot. But we’re getting all sorts of reports that they have been looking into you, your marriages, et cetera. When did this start? When did you know it was getting kind of creepy?

    FRANK VANDERSLOOT, CEO, MELALEUCA: Well, Neil, thank you for talking to me today.

    I’m -- when we made the donation in August, the -- it was -- the super PAC went public with the donors. I believe it was in January. We got a little bit of flak then. A few little bloggers came out and said a few things.

    But when President Obama’s campaign came out and listed us as one of his eight on his enemies list as being whatever he said about us, I think he said we were anti-gay, he said I am, personally, anti-gay, which could not be further from the truth -- but that’s when everything lit up. That’s when our life changed.

    CAVUTO: All right, now, you donated how much, Frank? It was like $1 million in all?

    VANDERSLOOT: It was $1 million, yes.


    Now, this Michael Wolf, he used to be an intern I guess with Senator Carl Levin. He started looking around, you know, records in your town trying to dig up information on divorces, any of that. Do you know him? Has anyone tracked him down or what was he up to?

    VANDERSLOOT: Well, I think Kim Strassel, the Wall Street Journal reporter, has done the investigation on that. She could tell you more about who he is than we could, but she has informed us who he is.

    I know that for a while, he was working for the permanent -- the permanent investigation -- or the subcommittee -- the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations for the U.S. Senate.

    CAVUTO: Right.

    VANDERSLOOT: And that is what -- where we thought he was now, but he has recently left them, he says, and is doing -- working for somebody else.

    So we don’t know if this was an investigation for them or for someone else.

    CAVUTO: Yes, you’re right.


    CAVUTO: I mean, own Megyn Kelly has talked to her earlier. And so there were these odd sort of rummaging around.

    But I noticed that list also included Paul Schorr -- he’s with the Blackstone Group, Sam and Jeffrey Fox, the Harbour Group, Martin Fiorentino, who lobbied with Lender Processing Services. And the only tie- in was that you all gave, I guess, to this Republican PAC, or being supportive of Mitt Romney.

    How soon after that did you start getting these reports of people investigating you or your name coming up on enemies list or anything like that?

    VANDERSLOOT: Well, right away, right away, we got hit with all of this electronic media, these so-called journalists doing reports on us. So some of it started right away. And they start making a lot of false accusations.


    CAVUTO: Well, the anti-gay thing came up in your case, Frank.


    CAVUTO: A number of other organizations, another news channel pounced on that.

    Why you’re here now, I thought I would give you the opportunity to respond to that.

    VANDERSLOOT: On the anti-gay issue?

    CAVUTO: Yes.

    VANDERSLOOT: Well, I have many gay friends who had all kinds of questions about this. And some of these people, I’m very, very close to. I respect them a great deal. They respect and love me.

    Those people that I know well aren’t -- were not affected by this. But for people who didn’t know me who are members of our business or customers and they were reading this, then we got a barrage of phone calls, people canceling their customer membership with us.


    CAVUTO: Really? How many did that?

    VANDERSLOOT: A couple hundred that we can track, for sure.

    CAVUTO: Really?


    CAVUTO: You have -- do you have grounds to sue?

    VANDERSLOOT: I suppose we do.