I’m going to go ahead and be politically incorrect here. The strategy of the Romney campaign of having CEOs endorse his campaign to their employees is something with which I have absolutely no problem. Of course, if a CEO ever says “If I found out you didn’t vote for my candidate, I’ll fire you” then that CEO has just broken the law. But that’s not what they’re doing.
For the most part they’re informing their employees why they support Romney’s ticket, and there’s nothing wrong with that. At worst, they’re saying that if the regulations Obama has on the table get passed then the company will have to downsize. Where is the line here between a threat and good information to have? If they’re being dishonest, then that’s a problem, but I’ve seen no indications that they are.
However, this is a huge no-no.
“I am encouraging everyone to go to the Romney for President web site and contribute as much as you can to his campaign for President, up to the maximum of $2500.00 per person,” he wrote. “Please help ASG and yourself by contributing to the Romney/Ryan campaign.”
You don’t get to suggest how your employees should spend their money. It’s one thing to say “I’m voting for a candidate and here is why.” It’s another to invite your employees to spend their money on your candidate.
Although, consider what rights unions have over corporations/small businesses here. If a union can support a candidate, shouldn’t a company has the same right? If Unions are allowed to ask their members to campaign and contribute then a company has the same right.
Of course, I want all their hands out of it. But if we’re determined to play this game of who can acquire the most corrupt advantage, let’s at least play it consistently.