Ex-financier Mitt Romney in a conference call to corporate CEOs in June:
“I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their job and their future in the upcoming elections. And whether you agree with me or you agree with President Obama, or whatever your political view, I hope — I hope you pass those along to your employees. Nothing illegal about you talking to your employees about what you believe is best for the business, because I think that will figure into their election decision, their voting decision and of course doing that with your family and your kids as well.”
As if his fellow plutocrats need Mitt Romney’s permission. Koch Industries sent 45,000 workers a list of approved candidates, including Mr. Romney, whom the Koch brothers have backed with millions. Westgate Resorts CEO David Siegel emailed his employees, demanding that they vote for Mitt Romney, threatening to downsize the company if they don’t. ASG Software CEO Arthur Allen pointedly asked his workers “Will the US Presidential election directly impact your future jobs at ASG?” He answered his own question: vote for Romney or get down-sized.
“When plutocrats bullied voters,” Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Salon
“Mitt Romney’s latest audio leak: Should employers really tell workers how to vote?” The Week
“After Obama reelection, Murray Energy CEO reads prayer, announces layoffs,” Steven Mufson, Washiington Post
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