Mitt Romney Tells CEOs To Influence Employees' Votes, Suggests Threatening Their Jobs

Mitt Romney has been the favored candidate in all reports of CEOs threatening employees in regards to how they vote, and a new video leaked has Romney himself advising business owners to lean on workers to vote a certain way in the coming election.

Voter intimidation as suggested by Mitt Romney in the clip is certainly not unheard of, and it may even not be illegal in the way it was handled by CEOs like David Siegel. But many have found the suggestion made by Romney and others that bosses threaten workers’ jobs in the event Obama is re-elected to be distasteful, as well as an abuse of the power CEOs hold over vulnerable employees in an uncertain economic climate. And to hear those words spoken out loud by a man seeking to represent all Americans as our president is somewhat jarring and upsetting, no matter who you plan to cast your ballot for in November.

In addition to David Siegel, Koch Industries also recently attempted to influence the votes of tens of thousands of their employees by sending out a letter threatening to let many go if Romney isn’t elected in November. But it still comes as a shock to hear the voter intimidation tactics used by people like Siegel and the Kochs suggested by Mitt Romney himself.

In the leaked audio, Romney can be heard at around 26:44 urging business owners to threaten or intimidate workers to vote for him, saying:

“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.”

Thankfully, not all big business guys believe behavior such as that suggested by Romney is ethical or even good business. Good Guy CEO Mark Cuban tweeted in disgust after hearing of Siegel’s threats to employees, saying:
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Of course it's not true but it doesn't stop dumb lobs from asking questions like that to try to get their veiled attacks through.

MikeyA

Well the Mormon Mittster did not serve in fact he hid in Europe till the Vietnam war was over. None of his five sliver spoon fed boys have served but this clown is talking tough and will take your kids to fight some God awful war to protect his corporate interests.
http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/06/05/495310/romney-military-viet...

Statements made are the opinion of the writer who is exercising his first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and are generally permitted.

Wrong quote:Slick Willy: " I loathe the military"

This physical coward allowed his mother to get lumped up on a daily basis by a sawed off drunk runt ?!
And this 6'4" , 220 lb. 19 year old sissy watched it all and DID NOTHING !!!!

JFK, hey watch out for that 700 foot Japanese destroyer !!! WAM !!!!
And he becomes a Naval Hero ?!

Oh God, the madness Liberal net worth killers and their fellow travelers embrace is quite deranged.

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LOL actually Romney did have a draft number after he returned from his mission, which is required by his religion.

But nice of you to try.

MikeyA

that's why staying at home watching Oprah, Montel, or Judge Judy, eases their tender and fragile existence.
Therefore, making Life, worth living.

Sure its counter intuitive, it is Liberal Thought-defined.

"Elections have consequences".

Hmm, who said that?

"We're all riding on the Hindenburg, no sense fighting over the window seats"-Richard Jenni

Yes I have an family friend who is considered an independent tells of his Wood county employer pressuring them to vote Republican. This smacks of the Nazi Germany propaganda machine from the 1930s.

Statements made are the opinion of the writer who is exercising his first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and are generally permitted.

Goebbels, loves you !

I love the idea of employers giving people the information they need to make an informed voting decision. If in fact one candidate or another will be good for your business you should tell your employees that so they can make a choice that will be good for their future. Imagine if all these years factory workers had been told about their choices from the bosses instead of the union heads.They might have elected people who didn't spend all their taxpayer dollars on wasteful projects and ridiculous regulations.

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

How the heck do we keep fitting such fierce tempests into the tiniest of teapots?

If I was running a small business I would have long by now advised my employees to start reviewing their resumes, on the basis of increased costs due to Obamacare alone. Or I would have just dropped all the insurance crap as well as other so-called benefits. Anyone who still thought that I was their father and should keep covering their bills, would be free to seek another parental figure; but that's not the role of an employer.

So: That's not intimidation. That's not being threatening. That's just logical consequence in action. You can't keep loading up businesses with expenses and sanely expect them to keep operating. The small businesses are the ones being hit the hardest, constantly. And this is the fact that escapes the architects of Obamacare: Small business is America's economic engine. Without them, we really have no economy.

Some donkey's behind (who supports BO) starts trying to screw up the website by posting as many filthy and disgusting videos as he can in order to disrupt the posting board and hopes to discourage any conservative posts. When called on this, he posts that it is his first amendment right or freedom of speech to post anything he wants. A few posters rightly ridicule this. Some posters of (even) his own political persuasion stop participating at the website in disgust. I mean, there are us die-hard political junkies, but for all intents and purposes, this fool has achieved his purpose, and in most ways that count, has wrested control of the board from the site owner.

Fast forward to now. NOW this donkey's behind posts a political argument, and actually expects to be taken seriously, after acting like a 3 year old for weeks on end.

Sorry, but this creep deserves nothing but contempt, not discussion of anything (ANYTHING) he decides to post. IMHO, you don't feed feral cats, and you don't encourage dirtbags.

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