There's Another Audio Tape Mitt Romney Doesn't Want You To Hear

In the last few weeks – several corporate CEOs have been exposed for compelling their employees to vote for Mitt Romney – and warning them that should Barack Obama win re-election, then they might lose their jobs. Billionaire CEO of Westgate Resorts – David Siegel wrote a mass email to his employees saying that during a Obama second-term, he will, “have no choice but to reduce the size of his company.” Similar emails have been sent out within the Koch brothers Georgia Pacific Corporation – and Ohio’s Murray Energy company. Now, we know where all of this may have started.

As labor journalist Mike Elk with In These Times reports – during a June 2012 conference call with the National Federation of Independent Businesses – Mitt Romney told employers that they should make it clear to their employees who to vote for this election. As Romney said, “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…Nothing illegal about you talking to your employees about what you believe is best for the business.” One of the consequences of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision is that employers now have a lot more freedom to compel workers to vote in a certain way.

So not only can corporate plutocrats spend as much money as they’d like to help Mitt Romney – but they can also enlist their employees to be Romney campaign foot soldiers. And Mitt Romney is in on the ploy. In the Citizens United world – the wealthy have seen their free speech rights expanded, while working people have seen their free speech rights restricted.

This radical ruling needs to be overturned to stop Mitt Romney and the plutocrats’ power grab. Go to


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HalFonts 11 years 35 weeks ago

This B.S has gotta stop -- and the US Citizenry has gotta wake up to what the hell is goin on -- and that means BOTH sides of the 50:50 split AND the third 50% in the middle. This is the highest priority issue, the only issue -- because it corrupts ALL other issues.

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HalFonts 11 years 35 weeks ago

There are problems with some of the Constitutional Ammendments that need to be properly thrashed out. Corporations ARE useful creations serving useful social purposes, or they wouldn't exist. They do do specific useful things for society, eg: they are not limited to the lifespan of one individual. In order to function they also need the ability to own property (factories, etc.) and enter into contracts, etc. All these "Rights" and Responsibilities can and must be defined in the state and federal laws that establish and regulate such created entities; AND HUMANS MUST retain ultimate authority over these and all other human creations.

The Move to Ammend petition (and others) may fall prey to this naivety.

"We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights."

Corporations, Partnerships, Organizations, LLC's, Etc. may necessarilly share or be delegated various "Rights" and "Responsibilities" in order to function to our overall benefit; however, somehow they must be subservient and secondary to human Citizen "Rights" and control. They can not be allowed to overtake and destroy human-society.

It just has to be done right; that's all.

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dowdotica 11 years 35 weeks ago

now i get it! why i'm just a flat wager going on 20 years!?? i've managed to always work for rebumblicans and tragically love to argue polotics!lolol might have evn been fired indirectly for it once way back in the day by a jewish repub for calling him out on making staff work 6 days a week with out OT! Had i not just bore a child into the world i would have had a field day with him in labor court. My time came though when acompany i worked for was bought out and our generous managment packages were not going to messed with and then six months later our repub employer slashed it 40% saying that we could get it back by selling more? that was fun. took them to court and found out as mangement we could sue for OT if in fact we were active in general work place function. I won!!!but? a year later i also got chased off. Sad actually i loved the job and thought i would be doing it for 20 years or so. Hell all i wanted was for my pig rich boss to not jack the help just so he could buy another yacth. funny how it turned out they filed bankruptcy and i am sure the scoundrel made off withplenty of bank leaving i believe 50-60% of the help unemployed. Got to love business people like that! So....uh, hmmm..oh ya, ethical! scarier yet? the new profiling questionaires one has to fill out these days on line when trying to aplly for a job. some pretty loaded questions. What ever happened to the America i thought i was going to be a part of. you know that one that vanished some time back...

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Nonni 11 years 35 weeks ago

Could not agree more with HalFont's bottom-line. It is worrisome. Everyone wants the ''best for the country.'' But not everyone believes in equality.

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Kend 11 years 35 weeks ago

I think most people believe in equality. But we also should have the right to be UN equal as well.

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akunard 11 years 35 weeks ago

As long as this applies to the unions who tell their members how to vote!!!!!!!!!!!

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Global 11 years 35 weeks ago

Right you are, but the progressives like to ignore that part of the argument. Unions are above any scrutiny.

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Global 11 years 35 weeks ago

Funny, you must be referring to the trend to have America give up its sovereignty for the all mighty UN global government. Agenda 21 is knocking on the shores.

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Elioflight 11 years 35 weeks ago

The same people who gripe about union dues, still want the protections and benefits the union can deliver; they just want all the goodies for free. Just read a little history, you uninformed, and see what unions have done to make things better for the worker and his/her family. Unions have been our protection against usery by the wealthy and the corporations.

They are the same people griping about the Healthcare law which requires all to BE REPSONSIBLE. And if they don't, and break the law, they will be fined. Fined, not taxed. No one pays a tax when they break the law. Justice Roberts must have been asleep during that class in law school.

They want to suck and feed off the rest of us who pay for healthcare, while they avoid paying premiums. And when something happens to them, they walk away from the bill and the rest of us get stuck with it.

My husband's work, because their name is on them, has been sending rethuglican flyers to our home since the dreadful Bush years. I find that practice to be offensive and illegal and a violation of my Constitutional rights. They have no business telling me how to vote or knowing how I vote.

gurjeet 11 years 35 weeks ago

no amount of pressure from anyone can force you to vote against your wishes because OUR BALLOT IS SECRET........meaning CANNOT BE TRACED WHO VOTED FOR WHOM !!!!!!!!!!!!
So please spread the word to your concerned friends !!!!!!!!!!!!

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ehillmax 11 years 35 weeks ago

I see this election as being basically a major battle against the plutocrats who seem to have declared war on and want to subjugate everyone else to their will. I think the other battles such as gay rights, equal pay for women, contraceptive rights, access to health care etc. ( all of which I strongly support ) are diversions to the real and most powerfull opponent of humanity at this time which are the super wealthy who seem to want to dominate all aspects of life in this country. This is the battle I will fight every day with my vote and financial support, my speech, my purchasing power and my refusal to stand with any one who will oppose the equality and rights of others. I think we all need to come together for this fight.

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Kend 11 years 35 weeks ago

No, I couldn't be more against "Agenda 21" I would never give up my sovereignty. I mean if you work 7 1/4 hours a day and I work 16 hours a day I have the right to have and keep more money than you because I earned it. But we all should have a equal opportunity.

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