Hat tip to Chris Hayes for raising the issue, and the possible violations of Campaign Finance laws.
"Can your Boss tell you who to vote for?" as Chris puts it on today's show.
by Mike Elk, inthesetimes.com -- Oct 14, 2012
The packet arrived in the mailboxes of all 45,000 Georgia Pacific employees earlier this month. The cover letter, by Koch Industries President and Chief Operating Officer Dave Robertson, read:
While we are typically told before each Presidential election that it is important and historic, I believe the upcoming election will determine what kind of America future generations will inherit.Enclosed with the letter was a flyer listing Koch-endorsed candidates, beginning with Romney. Robertson’s letter explained:
If we elect candidates who want to spend hundreds of billions in borrowed money on costly new subsidies for a few favored cronies, put unprecedented regulatory burdens on businesses, prevent or delay important new construction projects, and excessively hinder free trade, then many of our more than 50,000 U.S. employees and contractors may suffer the consequences, including higher gasoline prices, runaway inflation, and other ills.“At the request of many employees, we have also provided a list of candidates in your state that have been supported by Koch companies or by KOCHPAC, our employee political action committee.”The packet also included an anti-Obama editorial by Charles Koch and a pro-Romney editorial by David Koch. [...]
For once, I'm left speechless. Much as the Koch Brothers have intended it.
Where oh where, is the FEC?
Employees have stated their "bonuses" often depend on how much they support (financially) the Boss' chosen Candidates, through the Boss' chosen PAC. (Some say even their Jobs, hang in the balance.)
Something is very wrong here.