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The new campaign contribution: Iíll get my employees to vote for you
The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | May 20, 2014 | Philip Bump

Posted on 05/20/2014 4:22:48 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Some businesses in states with pitched Republican primary fights are turning to a relatively new tool to help ensure the outcome they want: telling employees how they want them to vote. Thanks in part to Citizens United, it's perfectly legal — but it probably doesn't do much good.

Bloomberg Businessweek describes the concerted effort by business groups to get their member corporations ready to weigh in on the election — an election, we'll remind you, that has largely been framed as business-versus-Tea Party. The National Association of Manufacturers spent a week in Kentucky, briefing "as many as 10 businesses a day" on how to get their employees to vote for Sen. Mitch McConnell. The Business-Industry Political Action Committee held a meeting in Idaho in January to encourage support for Rep. Mike Simpson, with employers representing about 94,000 voters in the room. Both men faced competitive primary challenges from tea party-backed challengers.

When the Supreme Court removed prohibitions against corporate political spending in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision, businesses were freed to do precisely this sort of electioneering. Shortly before the 2012 election, the New York Times reported on a letter sent from Georgia-Pacific (a subsidiary, the rules of politics blogging require we note, of Koch Industries) to employees criticizing President Obama. Companies can't threaten to fire employees if they don't vote a certain way, but can indicate their concern about the effects on the company if the "wrong" candidate is elected. "Employers can be the most credible source of information for their employees," BIPAC's Greg Casey told Businessweek....

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TOPICS: Kentucky; Campaign News; Parties; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: 2014; citizensunited; kentucky; lundergangrimes; mattbevin; mcconnell; mitchmcconnell; teaparty

1 posted on 05/20/2014 4:22:49 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If any employer told me how to vote I’d tell them were to shove it. If they fired me I’d sue the hell out of them.


2 posted on 05/20/2014 4:24:51 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Conservatives are all that's left to defend the Constitution. Dems hate it, and Repubs don't care.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Haven't the Unions been doing this FOREVER?
3 posted on 05/20/2014 4:26:31 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It's a secret ballot. They can vote as they please and say they obeyed.

Forcing people to vote your way is Democrat territory.

Can you say "card check?"

4 posted on 05/20/2014 4:30:02 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: Mastador1
"Haven't the Unions been doing this FOREVER?"

Yep, but that's different. Just ask a Democrat.
5 posted on 05/20/2014 4:32:00 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The other donation trick is the billionaire who has all of his employees from his various contractors, vendors, and subsidiaries donate to politicians and then he compensates them with bonuses.


6 posted on 05/20/2014 4:32:58 PM PDT by MeganC (Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.)
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To: Steve_Seattle
"Haven't the Unions been doing this FOREVER?"

Yep, but that's different. Just ask a Democrat.

I stopped doing that along time ago, their non stop braying gives me migraines.

7 posted on 05/20/2014 4:35:45 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Bloomberg Businessweek describes the concerted effort by business groups to get their member corporations ready to weigh in on the election — an election, we'll remind you, that has largely been framed as business-versus-Tea Party.

The only way business and tea party are on opposite sides is if there is a whole lot of crony capitalism going on.

CGato

8 posted on 05/20/2014 4:38:07 PM PDT by Conservative Gato
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It is a stretch - probably a lie - to connect this to Citizens United. Every employee - whether corporate, private, or public - probably already senses the political preferences of management, regardless of whether those preferences have any specific relationship to legislation affecting the business or government agency. But no business owner or government manager can compel an employee who or what to vote for.


9 posted on 05/20/2014 4:38:11 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ve always known how my employers wanted me to vote. It’s never mattered to me at all.


10 posted on 05/20/2014 4:41:48 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

boy they really hate Citizens United.

That’s how you know it’s good


11 posted on 05/20/2014 4:43:01 PM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period. PALIN/CRUZ 2016)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
Thanks 2ndDivisionVet.
Shortly before the 2012 election, the New York Times reported on a letter sent from Georgia-Pacific (a subsidiary, the rules of politics blogging require we note, of Koch Industries) to employees criticizing President Obama.

12 posted on 05/20/2014 4:43:46 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Fledermaus

READ THE ARTICLE CAREFULLY

WE *LIKE* THE CITIZENS UNITED DECISION

They tried to prevent comapnaies from having their first ammendment rights, because it turns out they donate to Republicans.

Citizens United decision prtected their ability to do this.

Liberals hate CU because of this, and this is a smarmy libtard smear job against it. No company is TELLING people how they HAVE TO vote. They just have the right to tell employees the truth how they would LIKE them to vote, for the health of the economy and their business


13 posted on 05/20/2014 4:45:52 PM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period. PALIN/CRUZ 2016)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Companies can't threaten to fire employees if they don't vote a certain way, but can indicate their concern about the effects on the company if the "wrong" candidate is elected."

As has been pointed out, unions have been doing this forever. And is it really wrong for businesses and unions to point out to their members the possible or probable effects on the union or business if one candidate or the other is elected? I have no problem with this as long as the issues are specifically related to business or union concerns, but it bugs me when unions and businesses start pontificating on things like gay marriage and abortion.
14 posted on 05/20/2014 4:50:39 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Mastador1
Haven't the Unions been doing this FOREVER?

Exactly. Unions have been doing it very aggressively for years. Now that some Lib hears a rumor that some company asked its employees to vote Republican, it becomes the new chapter in "oppression of democracy in America."

I don't agree with it but the irony is that in modern times, there is a lot less telling people how to vote than in the past. In the 1800s and early 1900s, your ward boss watched you put your ballot in the box so you couldn't even lie about voting the way they wanted. And if you didn't vote right, you might even get beat up. And if you did vote right, you got free booze.

15 posted on 05/20/2014 5:14:13 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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I always said that the only good thing about getting laid off was not having to look at all the Obama bumperstickers in their parking lot anymore. That I relied on the bus made it even more painful.

I used to go by a coffeehouse when I lived in Seattle with one of those big red and blue Fairey Obama posters on the window. I felt so bad for those poor employees.

I’ve never liked the mix of politics in the work place. Ever.


16 posted on 05/20/2014 5:55:11 PM PDT by crazycatlady
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