The billionaire Koch Brothers are infamous for using their capitol to influence the political system, donating limitless amounts of money to right-wing candidates.
Now, they’ve taken it a step further by mailing their 45,000 employees a right-leaning letter supporting Mitt Romney and other conservatives.
In These Times published an extensive investigative piece about the Koch letter, which was sent out to the staff at Georgia Pacific, the Koch-owned paper company. The pamphlet warns that President Obama wants to subsidize a handful of favored cronies and hinder free trade, among other accusations.
If we elect candidates who want to spend hundreds of billions in borrowed money on costly new subsidies for a few favored cronies, put unprecedented regulatory burdens on businesses, prevent or delay important new construction projects, and excessively hinder free trade, then many of our more than 50,000 U.S. employees and contractors may suffer the consequences, including higher gasoline prices, runaway inflation, and other ills.
The Koch brothers are also perpetuating a culture of fear to silence staffers from expressing their political views, in or outside of their workplace, reports In These Times. One employee who works under the Koch umbrella said that he’s even scared to post political comments on his Facebook page.
AWPPW Local 5 President Jim Pierce, who works at Georgia Pacific paper mill, in Camas, Washington, is wary of commenting online about the outspoken Koch Brothers’ political beliefs.
“Even if I was at my own home, I can’t put something up [on Facebook] against the Koch Brothers,” says Pierce. “I don’t post anything about the Koch Brothers. I could lose my job.”
Likewise, last week we told you about Real Estate giant David Siegel, who sent out an email warning his 10,000 employees that their jobs would be in jeopardy if President Obama is re-elected.
We hate to say it, but it seems like there’s a trend of dirty politics among conservative employers.
SOURCE: In These Times