CEO Blackmail & FEC Consent

  • Aired:  10/22/12
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Thanks to the Federal Election Commission, a CEO can require his employees to campaign for the candidate of his choice while the employee has no choice. (6:31)

VOTING FOR THE SAME GUY TWICE IS

A FEDERAL CRIME.

[ LAUGHTER ]

FOR OBAMA, AFTER THE WAY HE HAS

CYNICALLY ENGAGED IN CLASS

WARFARE.

>> WHEN GOVERNOR ROMNEY SAYS HE

HAS A FIVE-POINT PLAN-- GOVERNOR

ROMNEY DOESN'T HAVE A FIVE-POINT

PLAN, HE HAS A ONE-POINT PLAN.

AND THAT PLAN IS TO TO MAKE SURE

PEOPLE AT THE TOP PLAY BY A

DIFFERENT SET OF RULES.

>> STEPHEN: OH PLEASE, MR.

PRESIDENT, EVERYONE PLAYS BY THE

SAME SET OF RULES, AND AT THE

END OF THE GAME, THE RICH FLIP

THE BOARD OVER AND YELL "I WIN."

[ LAUGHTER ]

NOW, LUCKILY, SOME OF AMERICA'S

TOP CEO'S ARE ASSURING A ROMNEY

VICTORY BY DOING THE

UNTHINKABLE: TALKING TO THEIR

EMPLOYEES.

>> DAVID SIEGEL IS THE OWNER OF

THE LARGEST PRIVATELY HELD

TIMESHARE COMPANY IN THE WORLD,

A BILLIONAIRE.

HE SENT THIS E-MAIL TO HIS 7,000

EMPLOYEES SAYING, QUOTE, "IF ANY

NEW TAXES ARE LEVIED ON ME OR MY

COMPANY, AS OUR CURRENT

PRESIDENT PLANS, I WILL HAVE NO

CHOICE BUT TO REDUCE THE SIZE OF

THIS COMPANY.

THIS MEANS FEWER JOBS, LESS

BENEFITS AND CERTAINLY LESS

OPPORTUNITY FOR EVERYONE.

>> THIS IS AN EMAIL FROM ARTHUR

ALLEN, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF ASG

SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS.

SUBJECT: WILL THE US PRESIDENTAL

ELECTION DIRECTLY IMPACT YOUR

FUTURE JOBS AT ASG?

I CAN TELL YOU IF THE US

REELECTS PRESIDENT OBAMA, OUR

CHANCES OF STAYING INDEPENDENT

ARE ARE SLIM TO NONE.

IF WE FAIL AS A NATION TO MAKE

THE RIGHT CHOICE AND WE LOSE OUR

INDEPENDENCE AS A COMPANY, I

DON'T WANT TO HEAR ANY

COMPLAINTS REGARDING THE FALLOUT

THAT WILL MOST LIKELY COME.

>> STEPHEN: YEAH.

IF THESE CEOs OR THEIR COMPANIES

HAVE THEIR TAXES RAISED, YOU

EMPLOYEES WILL LOSE YOUR JOBS.

WHICH WOULD BE TERRIBLE, BECAUSE

THEN YOU COULDN'T WORK AT THAT

GREAT PLACE WHERE YOUR BOSS

THREATENS YOU!

[ LAUGHTER ]

NOW SOME CALL THIS CEO

BLACKMAIL.

BUT, FOLKS, I JUST CALL IT

EFFICIENT USE OF RESOURCES.

[ LAUGHTER ]

WHY WASTE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS

OF DOLLARS ON SUPER PAC ADS THAT

MAY OR MAY NOT BE EFFECTIVE,

WHEN YOU CAN DELIVER A MESSAGE

THAT WILL REALLY HIT HOME --

"VOTE FOR ROMNEY OR YOU'LL LOSE

YOUR HOME."

[ LAUGHTER ]

AND IT'S ALSO GREAT FOR THE

EMPLOYEES.

AS WESTGATE TIMESHARE CEO DAVID

SIEGEL TOLD BLOOMBERG BUSINESS

WEEK, QUOTE, "I'VE ALWAYS LOOKED

OUT FOR THEIR BEST INTERESTS.

WE'RE LIKE A FAMILY.

THEY'RE LIKE MY CHILDREN, AND

I'M THE JEWISH MOTHER TELLING

THEM TO EAT THEIR SPINACH AND

VOTE FOR ROMNEY."

[ LAUGHTER ]

EXACTLY.

A CORPORATION IS LIKE A BIG

FAMILY AND DAVE SIEGEL IS JUST A

JEWISH MOM TELLING YOU "EAT YOUR

SPINACH, BUBALA, OR I WILL

FINISH THE JOB THE MOHEL

STARTED.

[ LAUGHTER ]

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

AND NOW THANKS TO AN AUGUST FEC

RULING, JOB CREATORS HAVE AN

EVEN MORE POWERFUL TOOL AT THEIR

DISPOSAL.

SEE, BACK IN 2010, TWO EMPLOYEES

OF THE UNITED PUBLIC WORKERS

UNION WERE ALLEGEDLY FIRED AFTER

"REFUSING TO COMPLY WITH A UPW

REQUEST TO SIGN-WAVE, PHONE

BANK, CANVASS AND CONTRIBUTE TO

DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSIONAL

CANDIDATE COLLEEN HANABUSA'S

CAMPAIGN."

THAT IS SHOCKING.

IT'S POSSIBLE TO GET FIRED FROM

A UNION JOB.

[ LAUGHTER ]

THE CASE WAS BROUGHT TO THE FEC,

WHO DEADLOCKED 3-3 ALONG PARTY

LINES WHICH, BY FEC RULES MEANS

IT ISN'T LEGAL OR ILLEGAL, WHICH

REALLY MEANS IT'S LEGAL.

SAME WAY THAT IF YOU SAY

(speaking rapidly)

"MOM-CAN-I-HAVE-A-COOKIE?" AND

SHE SAYS, "WHAT?" THAT MEANS

YES.

[ LAUGHTER ]

NOW, THE REPUBLICAN COMMISIONERS

WROTE THAT IN A POST-CITIZEN'S

UNITED WORLD

"REQUIRING EMPLOYEES TO WORK ON

INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURES FOR

EITHER THE UNION OR A SUPER PAC

IS NOT A VIOLATION OF THE ACT OR

COMMISSION REGULATIONS."

WHICH MEANS, A CEO CAN NOW

REQUIRE HIS EMPLOYEES TO

CAMPAIGN FOR THE CANDIDATE OF

HIS CHOICE, AND THE EMPLOYEE HAS

NO CHOICE.

IT'S JUST ANOTHER JOB DUTY.

LIKE "HAVE THAT REPORT ON MY

DESK BY FIVE."

"CHANGE THE PRINTER TONER."

"GO TO OHIO AND STAND BEHIND

ROMNEY WHILE BEING BLACK."

[ LAUGHTER ]

NOW, FOLKS --

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

BIG FANS OF BEING BLACK TONIGHT.

[ LAUGHTER ]

NOW, FOLKS, I'VE GOT A STAFF OF

ALMOST 100.

MOST OF THEM ARE HIPSTER

BROOKLYNITES WHO NEED OBAMACARE,

BECAUSE INSURANCE CONSIDERS

STUPID MUSTACHES A PRE-EXISTING

CONDITION.

[ LAUGHTER ]

BUT THANKS TO THE FEC, THEY'RE

NOT HUMANS, THEY'RE JUST COMPANY

ASSETS THAT I MAY LEGALLY

DONATE.

JAY, GET YOUR ASSET OUT HERE.

JAY THE INTERN, EVERYBODY.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

GOOD TO SEE YOU.

THANKS FOR COMING.

ALL RIGHT.

GREAT NEWS, JAY!

I'M NOW PAYING YOU--

>> OH, AWESOME!

>> STEPHEN: -- TO GO TO OHIO AND

KNOCK ON DOORS FOR MITT ROMNEY.

>> WHAT?

I'M VOTING FOR OBAMA.

>> STEPHEN: SHH!

NO ONE NEEDS TO KNOW WHO YOU ARE

VOTING FOR.

THE SECRET BALLOT IS THE BEDROCK

OF OUR LIBERTY.

NOW GET IN THE CRATE.

GO ON.

COME ON, GET MOVING.

GET IN.

ALL RIGHT.

DON'T WORRY.

THERE YOU GO.

DON'T WORRY, JAY IT'S SECOND-DAY

AIR.

OKAY?

GOT SOME AIR HOLES FOR YOU

THERE, BUDDY.

OKAY?

[HAMMERING]

HOW ARE THOSE AIR HOLES, JAY?

>> FINE, BUT THERE'S NOTHING IN

HERE TO EAT.

[ LAUGHTER ]

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> STEPHEN: GETTING HOT IN

THERE?

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

SAVE YOUR RECEIPTS!

THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS.

THANK YOU, FEC OR WHOEVER

EMPLOYS THE FEC AND MADE THEM

VOTE THIS WAY.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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