The Koch Brothers’ attempts to influence the political process through freewheeling spending on elections at all levels is well documented, but another tactic employed by the brothers has been largely overlooked. The UCLA Law Review has published an article “Citizens Coerced: A Legislative Fix for Workplace Political Intimidation Post-Citizens United” detailing the political coercion of employees by businesses. Unsurprisingly, Koch-owned Georgia Pacific is prominently featured in the piece.
The article references a letter sent to all 45,000 Georgia-Pacific employees ahead of the 2012 presidential election. The cover letter, authored by Koch Industries President and COO Dave Robertson, carried a clear message–vote for Koch-candidates, or economic ills will befall you:
While we are typically told before each Presidential election that it is important and historic, I believe the upcoming election will determine what kind of America future generations will inherit. . . . If we elect candidates who want to spend hundreds […]