Mitt Romney is being called on to fire
his national finance chair, Frank VanderSloot, over his anti-gay
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the
nation's largest gay rights advocate, on Thursday launched
a petition campaign against VanderSloot.
According to an extensive Salon.com
profile published last month, VanderSloot, the CEO of dietary
supplements company Melaleuca, Inc., has a long history of using his
wealth to back right-wing political causes. In addition to serving
on the Romney campaign, VanderSloot is one of the largest donors to
the pro-Romney superPAC Restore Our Future.
He's also been labeled a bully for
threatening to file frivolous lawsuits against his critics.
VanderSloot bankrolled a billboard
campaign in Idaho condemning PBS for broadcasting the documentary
It's Elementary: Talking About Gay Issues in School.
VanderSloot claimed the film hurts 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
The billionaire also donated generously
to the campaign to approve California's gay marriage ban, Proposition
HRC spokesman Fred Sainz told gay
Advocate that Romney's association with VanderSloot runs
counter to the candidate's stated position that he is opposed to
discrimination against gay people.
Romney “can no longer get away with
saying [that] he opposes discrimination against LGBT Americans while
simultaneously working with someone as viciously anti-LGBT as Frank
Vandersloot,” Sainz said.