Koch Brothers Among U.S. Billionaires Pressuring Thousands of Employees to Vote GOP on Election Day
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A new exposé raises alarming questions about the ability of corporations to influence the voting decisions of their employees. In an article published by “In These Times” magazine, labor journalist Mike Elk examines the contents of a voter information packet that Koch Industries sent to tens of thousands of employees at its subsidiary, Georgia-Pacific. The packet advised the employees on whom to vote for and warned them of the dire consequences to their families, their jobs and their country, should they choose to vote otherwise. Koch Industries is run by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch. Corporations like Koch are legally allowed to pressure their workers to adopt their political views at the ballot box because of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. Elk joins us to discuss his In These Times article, “Koch Sends Pro-Romney Mailing to 45,000 Employees While Stifling Workplace Political Speech.
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