Pro-Romney CEOs forgo subtlety as part of campaign push

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Plenty of eyebrows were raised last week when David Siegel, the CEO of a large timeshare company, sent a lengthy written tirade to his workers, telling them President Obama’s re-election would “threaten your job.” Siegel has long been a major Republican backer, including having boasted that he was “personally responsible” for George W. Bush’s 2000 victory, thanks to efforts Siegel said “may not necessarily have been legal.”

msnbc’s “Up With Chris Hayes” reported on another example over the weekend.

For those who can’t watch clips online, Chris highlighted a message Arthur Allen, CEO of ASG Software Solutions, emailed to his employees, pleading with them to “elect a new President and administration.” The executive added, “If we fail as a nation to make the right choice on November 6th, and we lose our independence as a company, I don’t want to hear any complaints regarding the fallout that will most likely come.”

The Huffington Post added that Bob Murray, CEO of coal company Murray Energy, has allegedly pressured his employees to make campaign contributions to Romney; the CEO of auto parts manufacturer Lacks Enterprises has told his employees that an Obama victory may lead to pay cuts; and the Koch brothers have warned their employees of dire “consequences” of a Romney defeat.

Pro-Romney CEOs forgo subtlety as part of campaign push

Updated