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Coal Workers Say Murray Energy 'Coerces' Them to Make GOP Donations: 'If You Don't Contribute, Your Job's at Stake'

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This spring, Murray organized a fundraiser for Mitt Romney, eventually bundling more than a million and half dollars for the candidate.

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Bill K (4)
Friday October 5, 2012, 11:59 pm
you don't think republicans could actually win elections honestly do you?

Judy C (97)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 1:09 am
This is SO blatant! I hope Murray and the Republicans don't get by with this! Thanks, Cal.

Fran F (118)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 1:19 am
I once read that in 2004 Lands End forced their employees to attend a "motivational seminar" hosted by Rudi Giuliani, which turned out to be a Bush campaign rally. The employees were pressured to make contributions as well. I think some of them brought suit against Lands End, but I don't know the outcome. I suspect this sort of blackmail happens rather often.

Ira Herson (13)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 3:57 am
The coercion by the company is bulling and shows that the Republican supporters are morally and socially bankrupt. Although unions have been subject of some level of corruption,

It shows there is still a need for a strong honest union. No employer has the right to dictate how an employee spends their money or whom to support politically.

TomCat S (129)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 8:23 am
Great minds fall in the same ditch. :-)

Thomas P (280)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 12:07 pm
How disgusting.

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 12:12 pm
noted thnx

Christopher Fowler (82)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 12:37 pm
Am I the only one seeing that this is a RICO violation? Also, take note that all of the companies that are doing this sort of thing are ALL in support of the GOP.

This smacks of the same sort of thing that both Stalin and Hitler did to their people during their reigns of terror.

Lynn S (235)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 1:19 pm
If this isn't co-ersion and illegal, it should be. I know employment counsellors say getting a job depends on who you know. But this is not what they had in mind! And certainly keeping a job should not depend on selling your soul to the company like that.

If speech is money as the Citizens United and Republican/Teabaggers maintain, then isn't this in contravention of the first amendment? The company is preventing, through co-ersion the freedom to spend one's money as one wants to and sees fit, or to put it a different way, the company is telling your money what to say!

Get out the vote!!!!!

Vote Democratic 2012!!!!! Vote Obama/Biden 2012!!!!!


Daniel Partlow (179)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 1:59 pm
This just proves what criminals the repugs are!

David Menard (43)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 2:29 pm
Repug=fascist thugs

Joanne Dixon (38)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 2:53 pm
Christopher, no, you are not the only one that sees this as the RICO violation it clearly is. RICO can be applied in civil suits (but I'll bet these employees would be afraid to start one) or criminal cases. The U. S. Attorney for Northern Ohio (Murray's headquarters are in Pepper Pike, near Cleveland) is Steven M. Dettelbach. If just one Murray employee would complain (or has complained?) to the U.S. Attorney, we could certainly start a petition in support.

Helen Porter (39)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 3:56 pm
"repug"? LUV IT!

Yet, there are some very wonderful Republicans. I feel sad for them. Good, worthy Americans who will secretly vote for Obama because they really care about America!

Both parties have some very high ideals. Both have extremely ethical people. Both have much potential.
Too bad there aren't any heros running for office. We just have to try to choose the one who will cause
the least damage.


Ray M (0)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 4:20 pm
This mobster's criminal business should be SHUT DOWN.

Michael S (306)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 6:43 pm
Everybody knows that Mitt wants to shut down coal plants, he said it himself. Wait a min, I think he is "OK" with coal now, how convenient...

Michael C (217)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 8:37 pm
This sounds like a Republican tactic probably used at lots of places of business...

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 3:19 am
They can't force them to vote according to their dictates.

Carol H (229)
Monday October 8, 2012, 6:12 am
wow, they will just do anything, wont they???
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