Voter Intimidation: Mitt Romney Heard On Leaked Audio Asking Business Owners to Tell Employees How to Vote

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Mitt Romney Heard On Leaked Audio Asking Business Owners to Tell Employees How to Vote  (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

Voter Intimidation, Mitt Romney and the Republican Party:  Well, what do you know, leaked audio has surfaced with Mitt Romney making some questionable comments. This time, Romney is asking business owners on a conference call on June 6, 2012, to the very conservative National Federation of Independent Business, to “make it very clear” to their employees how they feel about the candidates and “pass along to your employees” how their jobs could be affected by who wins the presidential election. This is in keeping with the threats we are hearing from one of the Koch brothers and two other wealthy business owners threatening their employees with job losses if they don’t vote for Mitt Romney. Are we going back to the dark ages in America? Voter intimidation is illegal and I would love to see those two business owners fire their employees for voting for Barack Obama. It’s funny that the New Black Panthers were accused of voter intimidation, but these extremely wealthy business owners, along with their buddy Mitt Romney, are engaging in the same behavior, but no outrage from the right wing.

The audio was discovered by In These Times:

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.

Listen at 26:44:

David Siegel, who owns Westgate Resorts, sent an email to his employees threatening termination if they vote for President Obama and not Mitt Romney:

So where am I going with all this? It’s quite simple. If any new taxes are levied on me, or my company, as our current President plans, I will have no choice but to reduce the size of this company. Rather than grow this company I will be forced to cut back. This means fewer jobs, less benefits and certainly less opportunity for everyone.

So, when you make your decision to vote, ask yourself, which candidate understands the economics of business ownership and who doesn’t? Whose policies will endanger your job? Answer those questions and you should know who might be the one capable of protecting and saving your job. While the media wants to tell you to believe the “1 percenters” are bad, I’m telling you they are not. They create most of the jobs. If you lose your job, it won’t be at the hands of the “1%”; it will be at the hands of a political hurricane that swept through this country.  (h/t Think Progress) The entire email is here.

There’s more:  Arthur Allen, CEO of ASG Software Solutions, sent an email to his employees saying they would only have themselves to blame if they lose their jobs if President Obama wins. The email reads:

 If we fail as a nation to make the right choice on November 6th, and we lose our independence as a company, I don’t want to hear any complaints regarding the fallout that will most likely come.

The Week linked to our article:

The reaction: Romney endorsed “voter intimidation,” pure and simple, says Janet Shan at The Hinterland Gazette. He’s calling for just the kind of “threats we are hearing from one of the Koch brothers and two other wealthy business owners threatening their employees with job losses if they don’t vote for Mitt Romney.”

  • jared

    Unions force people to campaign for candidates they have no interest in yet we don’t see any articles about that. What a crock of a story. Romney has opinions just like everyone else.

    • steve

      This is not the same as blackmailing. Threatening firing people if they don’t vote your way especially in this economy should be criminal.

      • They will vote against their own interest for one reason only,Obama is Black.They ,their mommas,children and all who are in the 47%, etc in nursing homes,in subsidized housing, security,senior housing and rec. food commodities.armed service,women for vaginal probes, against pay equity will vote for Romney . They will get what they deserve.

    • This is scub bag politics.Romney and his boys do not care about you either I am sure you are the 47% Romney and the Koch boys think you are scub

  • Dawn

    These assumptions from one comment at the end of a nearly 30 min conference call are ridiculous. Go back and read your own transcript of the comment. He not only encourages employers to discuss it with their employees but their kids. Does that mean he wants them to threaten and harass their children?