With election day bearing down on voters, another CEO is trying to influence how employees vote -- and indirectly hint that they may lose their jobs if Barack Obama is re-elected.
"Saddle Creek has a clear position on very important issues that have a profound effect on our company and the future opportunities for all who work at Saddle Creek," Cliff Otto, president of Lakeland, Fla.-based Saddle Creek Corporation, recently wrote in an email to his employees, obtained by MSNBC's "Up w/ Chris Hayes."
Though Otto wrote that the warehousing, transportation, packaging and fulfillment solutions company does "not support candidates based on their political affiliation," he explained he feels "it would be wrong for us not to share with you the company’s position on just a few of the critical issues and, at the same time, how each of the two candidates compare to our position."
An email attachment shows that Romney's positions on energy and taxes clearly line up with those of Saddle Creek.
Otto, who did not respond immediately to requests for comment from The Huffington Post, did reply to "Up w/ Chris Hayes" that "Saddle Creek’s communication was respectfully directed to its employees for whom it has the greatest appreciation. It was provided in the spirit of ensuring that they are fully informed on this subject. We feel the document speaks for itself and we have no further comments."
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Similar emails, letters and even election booklets from CEOs to employees have emerged, particularly after Romney himself encouraged such communication in a June conference call with the National Federation of Independent Business. "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," Romney said. "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."
Other CEOs taking that lead include David Siegel, the founder and CEO of timeshare company Westgate resorts, who sent an email to his employees stating, "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."
Richard Lacks, CEO of Michigan-based Lacks Enterprises, a car-part manufacturer, wrote a letter warning that if employees did not vote for Romney, an Obama reelection could result in higher taxes, lower pay and skyrocketing health care costs. "It is important that in November you vote to improve your standard of living and that will be through smaller government and less government," Lacks wrote.
Steve Wynn, owner of Wynn Resorts, the third-largest casino operator in the U.S., went a step further than email, mailing a 67-page booklet to its 12,000 employees in Nevada, leaving some employees feeling pressured. Wynn told The Huffington Post, "It would be a complete disaster if Obama wins, which is why I’m urging my employees to vote for Romney."
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The Koch Brothers are known for being outspoken supporters of right-wing politicians. They have donated millions of dollars to Republican campaigns, and now they are trying to influence votes in a new way: by emailing 50,000 of their employees urging them to vote for Romney.
Westgate Resorts CEO David Siegal recently emailed his employees saying that if Obama wins the election, he will be forced to downsize his company. Siegal insists this statement was not a threat and that no employee would be fired for voting for Obama, WKMG Local 6 reports. Pictured: Siegel's famously unfinished mansion.
Jack DeWitt, CEO of frozen food company Request Foods, endorsed Mitt Romney and called President Obama a "complete failure" in his employee newsletter.
Scott Farmer, CEO of uniform manufacturer Cintas, recently sent an email to his employees saying that if Obama wins the election they may lose their healthcare and even jobs, urging them to vote for Romney.
Brooks Smith, CEO of gift card purveyor Incomm, recently forwarded a Romney campaign fundraising email to his staff, Mother Jones reports.
Mike White, the CEO of Rite-Hite, a manufacturer of loading dock equipment, told his employees that they would suffer "personal consequences" if Obama is reelected.
Richard Lacks, CEO of car-parts manufacturer Lacks Enterprises, recently encouraged his employees to vote for Romney, saying that another Obama term would mean higher taxes and lower wages.
Robert Murray, CEO of coal company Murray Enterprises, not only put pressure on his employees to vote for Romney, but also forced them to give up a day's pay to attend a Romney rally. The Ohio Democratic Party is planning a criminal investigation.
Arthur Allen, CEO of ASG Software Solutions, sent an email to employees requesting that they donate to Romney's campaign, arguing that by doing so, his employees would be helping ASG and themselves.