In the wake of news reports of employers threatening their workers' livelihoods if the presidential election doesn't turn out a certain way comes a leaked audio that begs the question: Did Mitt Romney sow that seed?
The Republican nominee, in a June conference call with members of the National Federal of Independent Business, is heard advising business owners to not only share their preference but also let them know that the future of their jobs could depend on the victor in November.
"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," he says in an audio recording uncovered by In These Times. "And whether you agree with me or you agree with President Obama, or whatever your political view, I hope – I hope you pass those along to your employees."
Romney also notes that there's "nothing illegal about you talking to your employees about what you believe is best for the business."
In addition, he tries to sound nonpartisan by saying "whatever your political view," but NFIB is viewed as decidedly conservative and has a history of donating heavily to Republican candidates. Earlier this week, the organization endorsed Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, whose biggest claim to fame is his "legitimate rape" remarks.
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(Photo: Courtesy of In These Times)