… 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 Industries Warns 45,000 Employees Of ‘Consequences’ If They Don’t Vote For Republicans (thinkprogress.org)
- Koch Industries Sends Pro-Romney Mail To 45,000 Employees Warning Of “Consequences” (alan.com)
- Unacceptable! Koch Brothers Urge Employees To Vote For Romney…Or Else (newsone.com)
- Urgent message from the boss: vote Romney (smh.com.au)
… 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.
- The Koch Brothers And The Battle Over Integration in Wake County’s Schools (jhaines6.wordpress.com)
- Will you help Bernie Sanders expose the Koch Echo Chamber? (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
- Robert Greenwald: WI: The Kochs, Colbert, and $ in Politics (huffingtonpost.com)
- A Less Than Magnificent Obsession (powerlineblog.com)
- Stop the Koch Brothers from profiting from the destruction of America’s water and farmland… (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
- North Carolina School Board Debate Over Potential Resegregation Sparks Fiery Protests (huffingtonpost.com)
- Keystone XL Pipeline (jcwinnie.biz)
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.
- Robert Greenwald: Sec. Clinton Has A Choice: Protect Americans or Profit The Kochs (huffingtonpost.com)
- Green: Demanding Hillary Clinton’s E-Mail – Now (green.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Here is an example of how Americans REALLY feel about the Koch Brothers and the upper 1% (iflizwerequeen.com)
- “Waxman to Koch Industries: “Are you now or have you ever been a capitalist?”” and related posts (knowledgeproblem.com)
… 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
Vanity fair napkins
Georgia-Pacific paper products & envelopes
All Georgia-Pacific lumber & building products
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.
- How You Can Boycott the Kochs (alternet.org)
- Anonymous v. Koch brothers (dangerousminds.net)
- Boycott Koch Industry Products! (kaystreet.wordpress.com)
- Koch Industries Boycott List (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
- Hackers Vs. Billionaires: Anonymous Takes Down Koch-Supported Websites Amid Wisconsin Protests (blogs.forbes.com)
- Koch Industries Opens Madison Lobbying Office (crooksandliars.com)
- WISCONSIN UNIONS: Koch brothers own Walker and they’re trying to leverage him to buy Wisconsin (unfinishedscript.wordpress.com)
- Koch brothers may be behind Wisconsin labor battle (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
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:
- Billionaire Koch Brothers’ Money Plays Role In Wisconsin Fight Against Unions (huffingtonpost.com)
- [Re:Wisconsin] It’s Time to begin converting Teabaggers! (curmilus.wordpress.com)
- Wisconsin Is Part of a Nation of Laws (lezgetreal.com)
- Scott Walker Claims He’s Never Met the Koch Brothers and Doesn’t Know Who Breitbart Is (crooksandliars.com)
- Philip Radford: A Familiar — and Frightening — Story in Wisconsin (huffingtonpost.com)
- Koch Whore: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (iflizwerequeen.com)
From Pruning Shears:
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.
- Georgia-Pacific to Distribute Financial Information for Third Quarter 2010 on Nov. 12 (prnewswire.com)
- Port Hudson, La., Site Selected for Portion of Georgia-Pacific $500 Million Investment in Advanced Papermaking Technology (prnewswire.com)
- Brian Ross: Big Brothers Are Watching You (huffingtonpost.com)
- Justices Scalia And Thomas’s Attendance At Koch Event Sparks Judicial Ethics Debate (huffingtonpost.com)
- Republican Billionaires Arrange Secret Meeting to Plot Evil [Conspiracies] (gawker.com)
…and if you didn’t read the New Yorker article on the Kochs, go HERE and see what we are really dealing with.