Koch Brothers Pressuring Thousands Of Employees To Vote For Mitt Romney

In the aftermath of the Citizens United ruling granting First Amendment rights to corporations, companies such as Koch Industries are telling their employees whom they should vote for, while simultaneously forbidding workers from expressing political opinions, In These Times reports:

In a voter information packet obtained by In These Times, the Koch Industries corporate leadership informed tens of thousands of employees at its subsidiary, Georgia Pacific, that their livelihood could depend on the 2012 election and that the company supports Mitt Romney for president. The packet arrived in the mailboxes of all 45,000 Georgia Pacific employees earlier this month.

Ironically, while the Kochs have been taking advantage of Citizens United to expand political communications to employees, they have also capitalized on weak labor laws to limit the political speech of those employees.

A new Georgia Pacific social media policy [PDF] implemented earlier this year that warns, “Even if your social media conduct is outside of the workplace and/or non-work related, it must not reflect negatively on GP’s reputation, its products, or its brands.” Given the policy, the workers were scared to appear next to a candidate the Kochs do not support with the plant in the background.

Georgia Pacific workers say that in general, they are not sure where the boundaries of the social media policy lie. AWWPW 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.”

In August, Portland-based Georgia Pacific worker Travis McKinney, a member of the Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific (an affiliate of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union), learned about the social media policy the hard way during his yearly evaluation. When McKinney applied for a foreman job at the plant in May, he says, his supervisor informed him that a higher-up said he wouldn’t get the job because he was “too political.” “They said I should be aware of what I am posting online,” says McKinney.

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  • http://twitter.com/CKoalaskid C Harles Glasgow

    Turn about fair play my human says.

  • http://twitter.com/CKoalaskid C Harles Glasgow

    Turn about fair play my human says.

    • Ted Heistman

      The Koch Brothers are big supporters of Gov.  Walker of WI who wanted to disband all unions for State Employees. There was a recall election which he won. Anyway I signed the petition when I was living there and now my name and previous address are on this database accessible by Google.

      It has all the names of all the petition signers and their addresses and has software to cross reference all the names with tax delinquency criminal warrants etc sex offender registry etc..

      http://putwisconsinfirst.com/reporting/index.php?id=100164905

      So basically its retaliation for signing the petition.

      • mysophobe

        Hmm, interesting…

        Out of 1,000,000 signatures there were 444 sex offenders, so .044%
        Out of a total WI population of 5,700,000 there are 20,000 registered sex offenders, so .35%

        The remaining 4,700,000 that didn’t sign the recall petition are 10 times more likely to be sex offenders than those who signed it.

      • mysophobe

        Hmm, interesting…

        Out of 1,000,000 signatures there were 444 sex offenders, so .044%
        Out of a total WI population of 5,700,000 there are 20,000 registered sex offenders, so .35%

        The remaining 4,700,000 that didn’t sign the recall petition are 10 times more likely to be sex offenders than those who signed it.

        • Ted Heistman

           That’s awesome! You are good with the stats. You whats fucked up though? I was renting at the time and my Landlord could have been delinquent on their taxes and it would have reflected poorly on me.

          Plus I thought this was a confidential thing like voting. I mean what is the purpose of this thing other than something pissed off conservatives can do to search for dirt on their liberal neighbor.

          • mysophobe

            What they did is certainly a breach of the public trust and opens up a Pandora’s box of sorts, but the names on official petitions have to be public in the name of transparency and to prevent fraud. I believe the record of who votes in each election is public information as well, just not how they voted. In my amatuer analysis I neglected to mention that the disparity could be attributed to sex offenders tending to be less politically active, but if they want to flog statistics to suit an agenda I’ll do it too.

          • mysophobe

            What they did is certainly a breach of the public trust and opens up a Pandora’s box of sorts, but the names on official petitions have to be public in the name of transparency and to prevent fraud. I believe the record of who votes in each election is public information as well, just not how they voted. In my amatuer analysis I neglected to mention that the disparity could be attributed to sex offenders tending to be less politically active, but if they want to flog statistics to suit an agenda I’ll do it too.

  • Trivium68

    wow, threat of intimidation.  Great.
    and more and more sites are putting pressure to show your full identity. 

    If I were them, I would get an alias.  Sucks,

    This is our political system. I am sure they wouldn’t be able to even put the opponents yard sign in their yard…. “cause it is too political”.

    Yeah.. well Democracy and Freedom were fun while it lasted…

  • Trivium68

    wow, threat of intimidation.  Great.
    and more and more sites are putting pressure to show your full identity. 

    If I were them, I would get an alias.  Sucks,

    This is our political system. I am sure they wouldn’t be able to even put the opponents yard sign in their yard…. “cause it is too political”.

    Yeah.. well Democracy and Freedom were fun while it lasted…

  • Matt Staggs

    For a brief second I read this as “Koch Brothers Pleasuring Thousands of Employees to Vote for Mitt Romney.”

  • Matt Staggs

    For a brief second I read this as “Koch Brothers Pleasuring Thousands of Employees to Vote for Mitt Romney.”

  • alizardx

    The electoral system is just another system the elites can game, the difference is that it’s out in the open now. 

    Will Bain-Linked E-Voting Machines Give Romney the White House? - http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=Z4t93gNUGt9dQFlUUhUSyB7tDDdKNwgO (haven’t had a chance to read yet)

  • alizardx

    The electoral system is just another system the elites can game, the difference is that it’s out in the open now. 

    Will Bain-Linked E-Voting Machines Give Romney the White House? - http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=Z4t93gNUGt9dQFlUUhUSyB7tDDdKNwgO (haven’t had a chance to read yet)

    • Irving Greenfield

      You talk like there is a real difference between the two candidates, which in my opinion are both establishment insiders. While everyone was arguing over who stole whose election in 2000, it was really nothing more than a “Bread and Circuses” diversion for what was really going on. It was nothing more than an excuse to get off of a voting system that we have used for DECADES that left a paper trail, to a computerized system that does not. This system isn’t meant to be used by the Dems to keep the GOP out, or the other way around. It’s meant to keep non-establishment independants and third party candidates out. It’s the establishments answer to Ross Perot in my opinion.

    • Irving Greenfield

      You talk like there is a real difference between the two candidates, which in my opinion are both establishment insiders. While everyone was arguing over who stole whose election in 2000, it was really nothing more than a “Bread and Circuses” diversion for what was really going on. It was nothing more than an excuse to get off of a voting system that we have used for DECADES that left a paper trail, to a computerized system that does not. This system isn’t meant to be used by the Dems to keep the GOP out, or the other way around. It’s meant to keep non-establishment independants and third party candidates out. It’s the establishments answer to Ross Perot in my opinion.

      • http://www.facebook.com/dean.osborne.35 Dean Osborne

        I agree that both parties are made up primarily of assholes, that are definitely differences between Obama and Romney. The republicans are the bigger assholes.

      • http://www.facebook.com/dean.osborne.35 Dean Osborne

        I agree that both parties are made up primarily of assholes, that are definitely differences between Obama and Romney. The republicans are the bigger assholes.

        • Irving Greenfield

          Yeah, but I think it’s all show, that the only difference is superficial.

        • Irving Greenfield

          Yeah, but I think it’s all show, that the only difference is superficial.

  • “Big” Richard Johnson

    Parasites!

  • “Big” Richard Johnson

    Parasites!

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    if you work for the Koch suckers
    what would expect?
    openness & freedom?!

    but honestly, do they really need to pressure someone over a fake, rigged election?
    no
    but they do need to make it look like pressure really matters
    and besides
    it’s fun for the Big Kochs

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    if you work for the Koch suckers
    what would expect?
    openness & freedom?!

    but honestly, do they really need to pressure someone over a fake, rigged election?
    no
    but they do need to make it look like pressure really matters
    and besides
    it’s fun for the Big Kochs

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