Untoward, at Best
At worst, it is pretty reprehensible.
a letter, dated Oct. 1, from Koch Industries president Dave Robertson implicitly warning that “many of our more than 50,000 U.S. employees and contractors may suffer the consequences” of voting for President Obama and other Democrats in the 2012 elections, a list of conservative candidates the company’s political action committee endorses and a pair of editorials: one, by David Koch, supporting Mitt Romney, and the other, by Charles Koch, condemning Obama.
If the Kochs, or anyone else for that matter, want to use the money they have made in business on the creation of PACs, think tanks, or whatever, that is all well and good. However, it strikes me as wholly inappropriate to try and influence one’s workforce to vote a certain way in the election (especially via scare-tactics over employment in tough economic times). It is not the place of an employer to try and directly influence a basic political right in this fashion.
If the Kochs want to campaign, that’s fine, but this is electioneering in the workplace, which is a different activity altogether.