Billionaire CEO Threatens To Fire Employees If Obama Wins

Written by Scott Keyes

The CEO of a massive timeshare company sent an email about the upcoming election to his employees yesterday, threatening to fire some of them if President Obama wins re-election.

David Siegel, who owns Florida-based Westgate Resorts, sent an email to all his employees yesterday to discuss the upcoming election. “The economy doesn’t currently pose a threat to your job,” Siegel wrote, noting that the company is “the most profitable [it's] ever been.” “What does threaten your job however, is another 4 years of the same Presidential administration.” He went on to say that although he “can’t tell you whom to vote for,” if Obama is re-elected, it would mean “fewer jobs, less benefits and certainly less opportunity for everyone.”

Here are a few select paragraphs from the email:

Subject: Message from David Siegel
Date:Mon, 08 Oct 2012 13:58:05 -0400 (EDT)
From: [David Siegel]
To: [All employees]

To All My Valued Employees,

As most of you know our company, Westgate Resorts, has continued to succeed in spite of a very dismal economy. There is no question that the economy has changed for the worse and we have not seen any improvement over the past four years. In spite of all of the challenges we have faced, the good news is this: The economy doesn’t currently pose a threat to your job. What does threaten your job however, is another 4 years of the same Presidential administration. Of course, as your employer, I can’t tell you whom to vote for, and I certainly wouldn’t interfere with your right to vote for whomever you choose. In fact, I encourage you to vote for whomever you think will serve your interests the best.

However, let me share a few facts that might help you decide what is in your best interest.


So where am I going with all this? It’s quite simple. 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. Rather than grow this company I will be forced to cut back. This means fewer jobs, less benefits and certainly less opportunity for everyone.

So, when you make your decision to vote, ask yourself, which candidate understands the economics of business ownership and who doesn’t? Whose policies will endanger your job? Answer those questions and you should know who might be the one capable of protecting and saving your job. While the media wants to tell you to believe the “1 percenters” are bad, I’m telling you they are not. They create most of the jobs. If you lose your job, it won’t be at the hands of the “1%”; it will be at the hands of a political hurricane that swept through this country.

You can view the email in full here.

Siegel earned national notoriety this year for his quest to build the biggest house in America, “a sprawling, 90,000-square-foot mansion inspired by Versailles.”

In a bizarre twist, Siegel’s email was modeled after a fake letter that made the rounds on the internet during the last presidential election. He confirmed his own email’s authenticity in a phone call to Gawker, saying that “it speaks the truth” and gives employees “something to think about when they go to the polls.”

ThinkProgress reached out to Siegel for comment, but no response was given.

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


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Manuela B.
Manuela B6 years ago

There is always a dickhead in the world rich or poor.... and Obama did win.

Ivy Taylor
Yvonne Taylor6 years ago

Leora, ? No one is talking about expressing your opinion, the article is talking about threatening employees to vote the way the company owner wants, duh!

Leora S.
Leora S6 years ago


Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown6 years ago

Leora S. voter intimidation is hardly "freedom of speech."

Julie Cook
Past Member 6 years ago

Leora S. It's one thing to state your opinion and quite another to tell your workers for whom to vote.

Leora S.
Leora S6 years ago

May not agree with him but even a billionaire may exercise his right to freedom of speech

Michael M.
Michael T6 years ago

This is an embarrassment to America

Republican attempts to reduce voter turnout in minority neighborhoods are so widespread that, at the request of American civil rights groups, international monitors will oversee our elections:

United Nations-affiliated election monitors from Europe and central Asia will be at polling places around the U.S. looking for voter suppression activities by conservative groups, a concern raised by civil rights groups during a meeting this week.[...]

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a United Nations partner on democratization and human rights projects, will deploy 44 observers from its human rights office around the country on Election Day to monitor an array of activities, including potential disputes at polling places. It's part of a broader observation mission that will send out an additional 80 to 90 members of parliament from nearly 30 countries.

Liberal-leaning civil rights groups met with representatives from the OSCE this week to raise their fears about what they say are systematic efforts to suppress minority voters likely to vote for President Obama.

Kay Caldwell

Sad that he has to blackmail his employees. Must mean he is scared to death Obama will get re-elected>

Lee Witton
6 years ago

I haven't seen any mention of this yet so thought I'd let those who haven't yet heard of this fraud, in on what was reported yesterday, by very few no less. Colin Small, was spotted disposing of a large manila envelope in a dumpster. His car had a Pennsylvania license plate which sparked suspicion from the passerby and after Small drove off, the witness retrieved the envelope only to find Demcratic voter registrations inside. Just think of potentially how many forms hvae been disposed of, in which the the newly registered have no idea they've been defrauded. You TBRs won't care because this is exactly what you hope for. Anything to help your 'boy' win.

Julie Cook
Past Member 6 years ago

Perfect, Mochael M. Thanks for the update. Hope you can all vote for the right man, then.