Thursday, April 21, 2011

Now that's what I'm talking about

Forget the New Black Panther Party brouhaha where two men at one polling place was hoked up to be some massive attack on the rights of white people. Thanks to The Nation, we now have an example of what real voter intimidation looks like in the post Citizens United world. Less than a month before the 2010 election, every one of the 50,000 U.S. employee of Koch companies received a letter with some "suggestions" about who they ought to vote for:
As Koch company employees, we have a lot at stake in the upcoming election. Each of us is likely to be affected by the outcome on Nov. 2. That is why, for the first time ever, we are mailing our newest edition of Discovery and several other helpful items to the home address of every U.S. employee.

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Included in this packet is a page with some helpful reminders about voter registration and advance balloting options in your state. If you're not registered to vote, your voice cannot be heard at the ballot box.

For most of you, we've also enclosed a listing of candidates supported by Koch companies and KOCHPAC, the political action committee for Koch companies. Of course, deciding who to vote for is a decision that is yours and yours alone, based on factors important to you. Koch and KOCHPAC support candidates we believe will best advance policies that create the economic conditions needed for employees and businesses such as ours to survive and prosper.

"Deciding who to vote for is a decision that is yours..." is what I believe the labor lawyers call the fist inside the velvet glove. The Nation article describes this as "corporate sponsored propaganda" and they're right.

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