|David Siegel and wife, Jackie|
|David and Charles Koch|
Then there is the report in MLive Michigan that has Richard Lacks, CEO of Lacks Enterprises, who wrote in regard to Obamacare, “As employees, you will receive no additional direct benefit other than you will have to pay for it." This was followed by , “The talk of additional tax increases by the administration, if re-elected, will have an additional negative impact on the organization. It is always important to remember the more government takes the less there will be available to spread around to the working people of this company."
|Sorry couldn't find verified picture of John Hickey and Ray Towles|
And then there is this recording of Romney telling members of Small Business Town Hall in June to do exactly what is happening which is to recommend employers tell employees who they would recommend to vote for. He is very careful to tell them that it is important to discuss their views and the importance of voting regardless of party affiliation. That said, however, Romney is also certainly aware that he is giving advice to a group that was 98 percent Republican. He is also very aware that a boss may not directly order someone to donate to a campaign or who they will vote for. The speech carefully follows the letter of the law as do the emails sent out by wealthy employers. That does not make it any less unethical for Democrat or Republican to do this.
The problem is that no boss should tell the employees how to vote. It smacks of intimidation. Yeah, I know Labor Unions send out voter recommendations too, but there is a sharp difference between the group who protects workers rights from the guy who signs the pay check telling you who they think would be best to receive an employee's vote. Voter intimidation must stop. Whether it is the attempt to suppress the vote, the attempt to scare voters as with billboards, or poll watchers, this must stop. This is free speech and as you all know with freedom comes responsibility. A few folks need to be made responsible.