Huffington Post: Wynn Resorts, the third-largest casino operator in the U.S., recently mailed a “2012 General Election Voter Guide” to its 12,000 employees in Nevada. The bound booklet, obtained by The Huffington Post, identifies candidates whom the Las Vegas-based company supports, leading to what one worker described as a feeling of being pressured to vote for candidates favored by the boss. This pressure is compounded by the behavior of company CEO Steve Wynn, who has used corporate time and media to attack President Barack Obama’s policies. The 67-page booklet is titled “WE Vote,” a reference to the Wynn Encore resort brand, and opens with a letter from President Marilyn Spiegel. The preferred candidates, she writes, “support policies that help promote a friendly business and living environment to Wynn Resorts, our approximately 12,000 employees, and the gaming industry as a whole.” [...]
It’s a strategy that Romney personally endorsed in June, telling business owners, “I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of … their job … in the upcoming elections.” Romney made the comment on a conference call hosted by the National Federation of Independent Businesses, a lobbying group that plans to host an Oct. 30 call to “train” business owners how to speak to employees about the election. Johnson, the Clear Law compliance consultant, pointed out that “unions have for years provided sample ballots to its members showing which candidates the union endorses,” but added that “the union, of course, doesn’t have the ability to fire, or threaten to fire, a member because he or she votes for another candidate.”
New York Times: Until 2010, federal law barred companies from using corporate money to endorse and campaign for political candidates — and that included urging employees to support specific politicians. But the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision has freed companies from those restrictions, and now several major companies, including Georgia-Pacific and Cintas, have sent letters or information packets to their employees suggesting — and sometimes explicitly recommending — how they should vote this fall. In these letters, the executives complain about the costs of overregulation, the health care overhaul and possible tax increases. Some letters warn that if President Obama is re-elected, the company could be harmed, potentially jeopardizing jobs.
Who else has been threatening their employees with voting “suggestions”?
- Arthur Allen, the President and CEO of ASG Software Solutions
- David Siegel, the founder and CEO of Westgate Resorts
- The owners of Koch Industries, brothers David H. Koch and Charles G. Koch, of Georgia Pacific
- Scott Farmer, the CEO of uniform manufacturing giant Cintas
Rightwing conservative ideology isn’t winning over the American public, so the one-percent have moved their candidate to the middle (clearly a PR stunt for votes), and are openly threatening workers with layoffs if Pres. Obama wins.
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