via NY Daily News:
Billionaire siblings David and Charles Koch have donated multi-millions to Republican candidates and conservative causes.
David Koch hosted a high-priced fundraiser for Mitt Romney this summer at his $18 million beachfront home in Southampton.
A company owned by the GOP mega-donor Koch brothers is encouraging its employees to vote for Mitt Romney and other chosen candidates in November — warning that they will “suffer the consequences,” like higher gas prices, if they vote the wrong way.
The left-leaning magazine In These Times obtained the mailing, which was sent to all 45,000 employees of Koch Industries’ Georgia-Pacific subsidiary earlier this month.
Koch Industries is run by the billionaire siblings David and Charles Koch, who have donated multi-millions to Republican candidates and conservative causes.
David Koch hosted a high-priced fundraiser for Romney this summer at his $18 million Southampton beachfront home.
“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,” read a cover letter signed by Koch Industries President Dave Robertson, “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 letter was careful to note that the employees’ political decisions are “yours and yours alone.”
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Charles Koch penned an op-ed criticizing President Obama that was included in the mailing sent to all 45,000 employees of Koch Industries’ Georgia-Pacific subsidiary.
The packet included a flyer with a list of candidates supported by Koch companies or its political action committee KOCHPAC. Mitt Romney tops the list.
It also included an op-ed by Charles Koch slamming President Obama and one by David Koch praising Romney.
In a statement sent to MSNBC, Koch Companies executive Rob Tappan said that the letter was sent “to encourage employees to be informed about and engaged in the political process.”
He noted that other companies and groups like labor unions send similar mailings to their employees.
In fact, a flashy Florida billionaire dubbed the “King of Versailles” warned all 7,000 of his employees that they should fear for their jobs if Obama is re-elected.
“In spite of all of the challenges we have faced, the good news is this: The economy doesn’t currently pose a threat to your job,” David Siegel wrote in the email, which was leaked by his staff at Westgate Resorts. “ What does threaten your job however, is another 4 years of the same Presidential administration.”
He went on to argue that if Obama is re-elected and raises taxes on the wealthy, the 77-year-old will be forced to cut jobs and will have no motivation to continue working himself.
Siegel defended the email in a phone call to the Daily News last week, saying he was just trying to “educate” his employees.
“I’m not in that voting booth with them,” he said. “I’m not trying to intimidate anybody.”