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Published on Apr 21, 2011
DemocracyNow.org - In the new Nation article titled, "Big Brothers: Thought Control at Koch," Mark Ames and Mike Elk report on an urgent letter that Koch Industries sent to most of its 50,000 employees on the eve of the November elections. The letter advised them on whom to vote for and warned them of the dire consequences to their families, their jobs and their country should they choose to vote otherwise. Democracy Now! speaks to Ames and Elk about their investigation. Koch Industries is run by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch—they have helped bankroll the Tea Party movement and dozens of other right-wing causes.
Koch Industries and other corporations are legally allowed to pressure their workers to adopt their political views at the ballot box because of last year's Citizens United Supreme Court decision. The ruling granted free speech rights to corporations and effectively removed regulations preventing employers from politically manipulating their workers. In practice, employers can also fire workers who refuse to attend political seminars or dare to voice their dissenting opinions too loudly.