Freed by the Citizens United case, which granted free speech rights to corporations (in related news, I've figured out what I want to be when I grow up! A corporation. I wouldn't have to pay taxes, the government would listen to me, I could get bailed out...yeah, life as a corporation sounds pretty good.), Koch Industries has begun politically proselytizing its employees. A mailer was sent to the home addresses of all their U.S. employees this past fall, right before the election, containing a list of 19 Koch-approved candidates (16 Republicans and 3 "Blue Dog" Democrats, and a mix between state-level and national candidates) and urging employees to vote for those candidates. Padded out with 14 pages of teabagger propaganda masquerading as economic theory and history lessons (did you know that FDR and the New Deal *prolonged* the Great Depression? Me neither. Probably because it's manifestly untrue revisionist history.), the whole thing has an ominous feel of "We're not saying you have to vote our way, but..." Somehow I don't imagine anyone who complained about being told how to vote would have a job for long, y'know?
I don't even know what to say anymore. Talk about a hostile workplace. My sympathies to those employees who feel they have no choice but take this blatant political pressure quietly, or lose their jobs.