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If you’ve heard about employers telling employees how to vote or their jobs are on the line…

… then perhaps you’d like to know where they got that idea.

Well, they got it from Mittens last summer.

In a June 6, 2012 conference call posted on the anti-union National Federation of Independent Business’s website, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney instructed employers to tell their employees how to vote in the upcoming election. In a phone call, after making a lengthy case that President Obama’s first term has been bad for business, Romney said:

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.

Obviously, the Romney campaign is complicit in corporate attempts to influence employees’ votes that have made headlines in the past few days.

On Sunday, In These Times broke the news that Koch Industries mailed at least 45,000 employees a voter information packet that included a flyer endorsing Romney and a letter warning,:

“Many of our more than 50,000 U.S. employees and contractors may suffer the consequences [of a bad election result], including higher gasoline prices, runaway inflation, and other ills.”

In the June call, Romney went on to reassure his audience that it is perfectly legal for them to talk to their employees about how to vote:

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. 

He’s correct that such speech is now legal for the first time ever, thanks to the Citizen United ruling.

Beyond Romney’s statements on the call, it’s unclear whether his election operation is actively coordinating workplace campaigning by businesses. Romney press secretary Andrea Saul did not respond to In These Times’request for comment.However, the conference call raises troubling questions about what appears to be a growing wave of workplace political pressure unleashed by Citizens United.

Here’s Romney presenting this crap to businesses:

Koch Brothers are trying to resegregate public schools…

… Don’t let them do it.

First: watch this short documentary by Robert Greenwald.

Then: Call David Koch at his Manhattan office at 212-319-1100 and tell him to “stop funding school resegregation now.”

Then: Pass the video and phone number around to your friends.

You’ll be glad you did.

Will you help Bernie Sanders expose the Koch Echo Chamber?

Here’s a video from Robert Greenwald of Brave New Foundation:

The Koch brothers fund multiple think tanks and academic centers to promote their ideology and grow their profits, a Brave New Foundation investigation reveals. Let’s create an echo chamber of truth by using YouTube‘s SHARE tools above to protect Social Security and counter the Koch billions. http://KochBrothersExposed.com/socialsecurity.

Stop the Koch Brothers from profiting from the destruction of America’s water and farmland…

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has the ability to stop Koch Industries, Inc. from profiting off a pipeline that would carry the dirtiest oil on Earth through six states, one of America’s most important aquifers and almost 2,000 miles of American homes and farmland. Help us reach our goal of 50,000 individuals telling Secretary Clinton to say No to the Kochs and Yes to protecting Americans at http://kochbrothersexposed.com/tellclintonno.

One way to show your support for the Public Employees of Wisconsin…

… is to boycott the products manufactured and sold by the Koch Brothers, the major financiers of Scott Walker and the anti-Union Republicans.

Do what I do… stick the following list onto your refrigerator door… then every time you go to get cream for your coffee you’ll remember what products to avoid:

KOCH INDUSTRIES PRODUCTS TO BOYCOTT

Angel Soft toilet paper

Brawny paper towels

Dixie plates, bowls, napkins & cups

Mardi Gras napkins and towels

Quilted Northern toilet paper

Soft ‘n Gentle toilet paper

Sparkle napkins

Vanity fair napkins

Zee napkins

Georgia-Pacific paper products & envelopes

All Georgia-Pacific lumber & building products
(INVISTA Products)

Lycra

Stainmaster Carpet

Wow! I didn’t realize how many fingers those slimy hands have already stuck into our lives. It’s almost like trying to avoid things made in China… but this is even worse. This is something that we see the direct results of by just turning on the television and listening to people like Walker target the American Middle Class for its pension money… while letting rich folk like the Koch’s pay less taxes!

So pass this list on to your friends. Post it on your blogs. Hell, screen it on T-Shirts and wear it like a billboard. And the next time someone asks you “But what can I do?” you can give them the list and help multiply the effect.

The Wisconsin Koch Monopoly

 

 

This from:

Dear Social Justice Warrior,

It’s time to expose the Koch Brothers and their power grab in Wisconsin.

That’s why we wanted you to be the first to see our brand new Koch Monopoly infographic:


A neat piece I found on line… Makes you think about what you spend your money on.

From Pruning Shears:

Who funds the right wing noise machine?
You do, when you buy the following products from Koch Industries:

Quilted Northern®
Angel Soft®
Brawny®
Sparkle®
Soft ‘n Gentle®
Mardi Gras®
Vanity Fair®
Dixie® brand
Georgia-Pacific Building Products

European brands:
Lotus®
Colhogar®
Delica®
Tenderly®
Demak’Up®

…and more.

What… you gave the Koch’s your bucks at the grocery store this week?

Well, don’t make that mistake again!

Learn the facts about the Koch Brothers here in Jane Mayer’s New Yorker Article.

Learn more in David Dayen’s FireDogLake piece.

Exposing the Koch Brothers

Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, discusses a New York Times story about an event organized by Koch industries.

The Koch Brothers are at it again…

…this time they want to heat up California by spending a big million to break the state’s global warming initiative:
clipped from www.salon.com
Through one of their many subsidiaries, Flint Hills Resources, a Kansas petrochemical company, the Kochs just donated $1 million to Proposition 23, the California ballot initiative designed to sabotage the state’s global warming law, AB 32.
The Koch donation came a day after Tesoro, a Texas oil company that has been bankrolling the pro-Prop 23 campaign, put $1 million into the campaign coffers.

According to the [No on 23] campaign, 97 percent of the $8.2 million raised by the Yes forces has been given by oil-related interests and 89 percent of that money has come from out of state. Three companies, Koch Industries, Tesoro, and Valero — another Texas-based oil company — have provided 80 percent of those funds.

It’s hard to be any clearer than those numbers suggest. If you think out-of-state oil companies have California’s best interests at heart, go ahead, vote for Proposition 23. Because it is their baby, all the way.
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…and if you didn’t read the New Yorker article on the Kochs, go HERE and see what we are really dealing with.