Republican Presidential Candidates Court Idaho’s Mega-Donor
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho isn't known for attracting political powerhouses during presidential races. However, what it lacks in clout, it makes up for being home to one of the GOP's wealthiest donors.
Frank VanderSloot, founder and CEO of health care products company Melaleuca based in Idaho Falls, was a critical fundraiser for former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign during the 2012 election. Now he's being courted by GOP presidential candidates eager to benefit from VanderSloot's successful fundraising reputation.
VanderSloot told The Associated Press that five candidates out of the crowded Republican field have caught his eye, including favorites Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former business executive Carly Fiorina. VanderSloot added that it's still too soon to tell who is going to win the Republican nomination.