Up w/ Chris Hayes has obtained emails sent by Arthur Allen, the CEO of Florida-based ASG Software Solutions, pressuring his 1,300 employees to donate to Mitt Romney’s campaign:
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. I am also encouraging you to contact all of your friends and relatives and ask them to support Romney and to go to the polls and vote on election day. … Please help ASG and yourself by contributing to the Romney/Ryan campaign.
Allen joins David Siegel, the Koch brothers and other CEOs who have also attempted to pressure their employees into supporting Romney. In June, Romney himself told business owners they should be telling employees how to vote:
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. … I believe that will figure in to their election decision, their voting decision.
About five weeks after his first email, Allen sent another email asking those same employees to defer “some or all” of their salary until December to help the company make a $15 million interest payment.
Meanwhile, Allen proudly touts his use of a company-owned private jet, which, according to Aviation Week, costs over $50 million. According to a special advertising section on business aviation in Forbes earlier this year:
Configured with 17 seats, the Gulfstream becomes an airborne hotel, restaurant and conference room. “That’s where I live 250 days a year,” [Allen] says.
Read our complete story, with the full text of the emails and ASG’s statement, at the Up w/ Chris Hayes website.
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