Georgia Pacific employees encouraged to support Romney

According to the pro-union website In These Times, tens of thousands of Georgia Pacific employees have been given voter information packets telling them that their jobs could depend on the results of the Nov. 6 presidential contest – and that the owners are big fans of Mitt Romney.

Georgia Pacific is headquartered in Atlanta and has 35,000 employees. State by state, Georgia has the largest cache of GP workers — about 7,000 at 20 facilities, according to the company website.

From the cover letter by Koch Industries President and Chief Operating Officer Dave Robertson:

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 of billions in borrowed money on costly new subsidies for a few favored cronies, put unprecedented regulatory burdens on businesses, prevent or delay important new construction projects, and excessively hinder free trade, then many of our more than 50,000 U.S. employees and contractors may suffer the consequences, including higher gasoline prices, runaway inflation, and other ills.

The packet included an anti-Obama editorial by Charles Koch, a pro-Romney editorial by David Koch, and a list of candidates, apparently different for each state, “that have been supported by Koch companies or by KOCHPAC, our employee political action committee,” according to the Robertson letter.

Before your underwear is twisted beyond all recognition, keep in mind that, outside Georgia, the GP workforce in every state numbers 1,500 or less.

Inside Georgia, remember that metro Atlanta businesses this summer attempted to show their clout by encouraging their traffic-delayed employees to support the one-cent TSPLOST.

It didn’t seem to work.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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142 comments Add your comment

Ostrich Racer

October 15th, 2012
9:14 am

Scare tactics with employees. Charming.

Just Wait

October 15th, 2012
9:14 am

Obviously Koch Industries is not one of the “favored cronies.”

East Cobb RINO, Inc. (LLC)

October 15th, 2012
9:14 am

So now I can add GP (in addition to Westgate Resorts) to the list of companies for which I will never send a resume to.

td

October 15th, 2012
9:21 am

East Cobb RINO, Inc. (LLC)

October 15th, 2012
9:14 am

So now I can add GP (in addition to Westgate Resorts) to the list of companies for which I will never send a resume to.

I guess you should open your own business or work in the tech industry, become a lawyer or work for the Federal government because all other companies in Georgia support Romney.

td

October 15th, 2012
9:22 am

East Cobb RINO, Inc. (LLC)

October 15th, 2012
9:14 am

BTW: I told my employees a similar thing last week and I own a small business.

Matlock

October 15th, 2012
9:27 am

I, too, own a construction company and I pretty much laid it out there. If you vote for Obama, you are killing yourself and small businesses. You’d be surprised to know tat many of my low skilled workerd don’t even know who Joe Biden is. I could have said that Sarah Palin was Obama’s VP and they would support her. Typical Obama voter.

Cherokee

October 15th, 2012
9:30 am

I do too, td, own a small business that is.

If you think that a Romney election will benefit small businesses, I have some swampland in Florida that you might be interested in looking at.

The Koch Brothers? Sure Romney will help them.

Small mom and pop businesses? No way no how…

Road Scholar

October 15th, 2012
9:33 am

td: What did you threaten them with? Force them to reading your posts?

And just what will you do in retribution?

sharon

October 15th, 2012
9:35 am

I thought that an individual voter was just that……….they vote for and by themselves.
Nice to know about this pressure just as early vote is getting under way.
Is GP going to be investigated for this attempt on voters?
no one has the right to tell / force another person how to vote. NO ONE !

JoeP

October 15th, 2012
9:36 am

Typical Republicans. Uninformed and arrogant.

MANGLER

October 15th, 2012
9:38 am

So it’s starting to look like the threats of job losses from Obama winning a 2nd term will become true. Only it won’t be from the economic regulations that are in place and that will be in place, since those are actually helping. It will be from GOP business owners firing people to make their point. Things are getting better and the GOP blocking every single attempt by the administration to pass anything isn’t working, nor is threatening that the sky will fall should he win again. So the next step is to make the sky fall by actually hurting your business to then blame it on Obama. Sound silly? That’s what these “job creators” are threatening.

mini mimi

October 15th, 2012
9:39 am

Big Hat

October 15th, 2012
9:45 am

To paraphrase that famous National Lampoon cover, “Buy this candidate or we’ll shoot this dog!”

joe

October 15th, 2012
9:45 am

Obama hates capitalism, so if you are a business owner or even a business worker, why would you vote for him? GP is right, a vote for obama is a vote for losing jobs.

carlosgvv

October 15th, 2012
9:46 am

When Big Business talks, frightened employees listen.

Jai

October 15th, 2012
9:49 am

td

October 15th, 2012
9:57 am

sharon

October 15th, 2012
9:35 am

I thought that an individual voter was just that……….they vote for and by themselves.
Nice to know about this pressure just as early vote is getting under way.
Is GP going to be investigated for this attempt on voters?
no one has the right to tell / force another person how to vote. NO ONE !

Should unions be investigated for telling their members how to vote? Should churches? How about college professors?

Why should a business not be able to tell their employees how important their vote is and how it may effect their future? Is this not why everyone is voting in the first place for their future?

JackThrock

October 15th, 2012
10:04 am

It’s simple: a second Obama term will mean higher taxes, higher healthcare costs, excessive regulation, more debt, higher energy costs and a diminished role in the world. The impact of this on my small business will be clear and compelling, requiring me to slow or stop hiring and, possibly, to let people go. The choice is clear. I want to grow my small business, but having an anti-capitalist in the White House will make that very difficult, if not impossible. I have never seen a president more overtly opposed to private sector growth, both in words and deeds. I built this business by working 24/7 and risked everything I had to make it successful. All of my employees are good and decent people who deserve to KNOW what will likely happen if Obama is re-elected. These are facts, not scare tactics or intimidation. Just facts. Do what you want. Vote for whom you believe will serve the country and you best. But understand and KNOW up front, based on a detailed analysis and review of the policies and proposals, a second Obama term will hurt our business and thus hurt your job prospects.

To those on this board who find these admonitions incredulous, let me ask this: would you rather people like me NOT advise their employees of the likely consequences of this election? Would you rather I reduce the workforce or lower their pay without any notice at all? What, exactly, would you suggest small business owners like me do if we are convinced, as we are, that a second Obama term will hurt our business?

cc

October 15th, 2012
10:06 am

An employee of a business would be foolish indeed to cast his/her vote for Obama. Unless ObamaCare is repealed, you are going to see many, many employees of larger companies become part-time employees rather the full-time employees, and that will occur very soon. Some businesses will elect to either close or move from the U.S. Voters should be aware of the consequences of their actions and how it will directly impact them as employees. If anything, Georgia Pacific’s action was an effort to educate their employees.

Employees are certainly free to vote as they choose. In this presidential election, their vote not only affects fiscal and foreign policy of the nation and whether we will survive as a nation, it will also determine their immediate financial future as well.

The power of choice should always be used wisely . . .

Mary

October 15th, 2012
10:08 am

Matlock, Your comment makes no sense?? Guess that makes you typical Romney voter!

td

October 15th, 2012
10:10 am

Road Scholar

October 15th, 2012
9:33 am

No threats just an education session where we talked about which President would be better for our business and if our business decreases then what will be the ramifications.

whitec477

October 15th, 2012
10:11 am

…and they’ve obviously done some research into what a Romney Presidency will do to the country as well, huh? Sometimes we are our own worst enemy…

mehlman rings twice

October 15th, 2012
10:15 am

I’m supporting Obama but I don’t see anything wrong with business owners offering their opinions to their employees on the state of their businesses. In fact, isn’t that what defense contractors have done over the years? Boeing emploees are told to support candidates who support projects that will benefit the Boeing workforce while Gruman employees are told to support candidates who support project that will benefit the Gruman workforce. A lot of times the these employees are of the same ideological persuasion.

Brosephus™

October 15th, 2012
10:16 am

Should unions be investigated for telling their members how to vote? Should churches?

I belong to a union, and while they have made their own endorsements, they have not sent me a letter telling me to support their decision or else. They have a separate form in which you can contribute to their PAC if you want to, since dues can’t be used for political purposes.

As for churches, I’m sure you got your panties twisted when the Black clergy started telling their congregations to stay home and not vote at all, right?

DJ Sniper

October 15th, 2012
10:23 am

These corporations are out of control.. They have no business telling people who they should and should not vote for. Same thing goes for churches and any other entity. Educating voters on both choices is perfectly fine, but telling people who they should vote for, or implying that their jobs and what not will be in jeopardy is just flat out wrong.

mehlman rings twice

October 15th, 2012
10:25 am

Joe @ 9:45 AM
Exactly jobs were we adding the previous 18 months before Obama took office?
Also, why would businesses want to add jobs when all the statistics I see show that productivity is up 14%.

JR

October 15th, 2012
10:32 am

Educate my arse. You guys are hypocrits of the highest order. Coersion of your employees is taking away their rights. A church, a professor and union can plead for me to vote for their candidate. Neither can take away my job. You guys are more Facist than anything.

Denying your employees their freedom of speech and association goes against the First Amendment. Saying you are making them an educated voter is no different than what Mao Zedong did to the peasants of China. Re-education camps for those that don’t follow your doctrine.

You breed discontent and contempt for your party and your business by doing such things.

Darwin

October 15th, 2012
10:33 am

Yes, GP is for lower taxes, unless it benefits them.

mehlman rings twice

October 15th, 2012
10:37 am

Jack Throck @ 10:04 AM
What do you mean by a diminished role in the world? If that means Europe building up and improving the capability of their military to help contain threats closer to their backyard then I’m all for it. These countries continually want to be thought of as First World countries but don’t want to shoulder the burden of First World leadership.

Scott Fresno

October 15th, 2012
10:41 am

Yes, all that Obama over-regulation the last 4 years has really put a hurt on the Koch brothers. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/19/us-usa-billionaires-forbes-idUSBRE88I0WA20120919

Greg Guest

October 15th, 2012
10:41 am

Hi, it’s Greg from Georgia-Pacific. Here’s our response to the mischaracterizations in the In These Times story. http://bit.ly/V0FCtl

mehlman rings twice

October 15th, 2012
10:44 am

Scott Fresno @ 10:41
Would you please stop busting the GOP’s bubble?

Georgia

October 15th, 2012
10:48 am

Sixty Million people are expected to watch BaRocky 2. (If you remember the movie, Rocky won in the rematch, so expect the same with BaRocky 2.)

I get though campaigns by saying to myself over and over, “It’s only another Rocky Movie.”

ARIANNA!!!!!

woody

October 15th, 2012
10:51 am

It’s why we have secret voting. Thank God for the Constitution of the United States. I seems to weather these sporadic totalitarian influences OK, through the centuries.

Buckhead Boy

October 15th, 2012
10:51 am

Charles’ and David’s wealth has doubled since President Obama took office — from $25 to $50 billion. Four more years of just that will indubitably be catastrophic for them.

Jim, NO violation

October 15th, 2012
10:51 am

Jim,
Unlike some members of the Obama Regime, (HHS Secretary for example), the owners of Ga Pacific have not violated any law. See Hatch Act.

td

October 15th, 2012
10:52 am

Brosephus™

October 15th, 2012
10:16 am

The letter Jim posted above was not even an endorsement but rather a education effort.

td

October 15th, 2012
10:55 am

DJ Sniper

October 15th, 2012
10:23 am

“These corporations are out of control.. They have no business telling people who they should and should not vote for.”

It appears that your ranting is BS. There is nothing but education going on in the information that was posted by Jim.

Partisay

October 15th, 2012
11:00 am

Matlock

October 15th, 2012
9:27 am
I, too, own a construction company and I pretty much laid it out there. If you vote for Obama, you are killing yourself and small businesses. You’d be surprised to know tat many of my low skilled workerd don’t even know who Joe Biden is. I could have said that Sarah Palin was Obama’s VP and they would support her. Typical Obama voter.
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If your dumb employees didn’t even know who the vice president is, then i doubt very much they know who Ryan is, or very much if anything about the election process. Typical Obama voter? So they were all going to vote for Obama before you had your little talk with them? So what are they now? Typical dumb Romney supporters?

I call BS on this one

October 15th, 2012
11:00 am

GP and the Koch brothers are basically disclosing that for its best interests for Romney to be elected since the company has donated millions and would benefit post-election.

This should not be news to anyone and no great surprise. All businesses work upon the fact that revenue justifies fixed costs such as labor.

This practice is common of projecting revenues to crash post-election if an unfavorable candidate is elected. Unfortunately this is usually total baloney. I would like GP or anyone to show that they are projecting a major crash in revenues on the contingency of Obama being elected.

This is a farcical showing of strength just as having masked hooded men standing at the voting booths was. Old tactics new methods but still the same goal to keep people disenfranchised and vote against their economics.

Any business man that thinks that the US needs to subsidize or bend regulations for them to work in this country should think about doing business somewhere else. There are factories all over the world that allow slave labor. Please go f them over not us.

So GP or any other business that believes that government is doing too much to help people and we have turned to an entitlement society can go to China or Cambodia and take advantage of the disenfranchised people over there. Here in America we vote our heart and guts and not a corporate line fed to us by BS spin masters..

"Educate" your employees?

October 15th, 2012
11:01 am

You mean coerce, intimidate, or otherwise pressure? Because they’re what, too stupid to make decisions outside of the workplace on their own? I suppose you should also “educate” them on how to raise their kids, what religion to practice, etc because there are just some things other people need “help with”.

Right. Imagine if the Koch brothers spent their vast wealth building hospitals and schools instead of trying to play king-maker in our democratic republic. 1 man 1 vote? Nah, that’s soooo 1782. To the rich go the spoils! More tax cuts please!

phil

October 15th, 2012
11:01 am

It’s a no brainer people. Regardless of how many Georgia ceo’s endorse Williard Romney, Georgia is still going with Williard. That determination was made some time ago. Republicans will always carry Georgia, even if the nominee is a cult member.

Brosephus™

October 15th, 2012
11:03 am

td

Sure…. Accompanying the “educational” information with an anti-Obama and pro-Romney editorial… I guess that was for educational purposes too. I love it how conservatives love to claim the status of defender of freedoms until those freedoms run counter to their perceptions. Then, they have no problem with stomping on a freedom or two.

td

October 15th, 2012
11:04 am

I call BS on this one

October 15th, 2012
11:00 am

“Any business man that thinks that the US needs to subsidize or bend regulations for them to work in this country should think about doing business somewhere else”

They have been going overseas for many years now and this is the reason all these uneducated libs do not have jobs now and live off the government. You libs are cutting your own throats.

Partisay

October 15th, 2012
11:05 am

td – Should unions be investigated for telling their members how to vote? Should churches? How about college professors?

They aren’t employed by the unions. They aren’t employed by the churches. They aren’t employed by their college professors. Your pastor doesn’t affect the money you bring home to buy your groceries. Your college professor doesn’t supply the money you that you need to pay your electric bill with.

Try to stay on topic and bring some worthwhile comparisons please.

Dina

October 15th, 2012
11:05 am

“What, exactly, would you suggest small business owners like me do if we are convinced, as we are, that a second Obama term will hurt our business?”

Who convinced you? … Yourself or talking points?
Stop listening to others and start thinking for youself. Actually think about where we were 4 years ago….and how we got there. Stop complaining and start thinking positively…work with what is happening and not against.

What is wrong with all the grown-ups (?) around me? This used to be a country of big ideas ….The glass can be have full…..if you choose to see it that way. Stop the small thinking….it’s hurting us all.

Retired Soldier

October 15th, 2012
11:05 am

I wonder how many unions will send out pro-Obama voter education packages? Just wonderin.

td

October 15th, 2012
11:07 am

Brosephus™

October 15th, 2012
11:03 am

Bogus BS. I once worked at Lockheed and heard them tell us over and over again in 1984 that we had to vote for Mondale because he supported the union while at the same time he was stating he would cut the aircraft that we built.

How stupid was that at cutting your own throats?

Bob Loblaw

October 15th, 2012
11:08 am

Why are we surprised that the Koch Bros. did this? Every employee of theirs knows where they stand and where millions of their employers’ dollars go. Nothing to see here. Move on.

Buckhead Boy

October 15th, 2012
11:12 am

“Jim, No violation,” if I had one-tenth of the fines paid by Koch Industries for violating laws here and abroad, I’d be about the richest person in Georgia. And, that’s not even including the illegal sales made to Iran.