Suffice to say, this presidential election season has been a boon to PR News, with the potential for several articles daily on any number of communications topics. There is, however, a thorny issue that has cropped up that not only touches PR, but intersects the topics of business, political discourse and free speech. And that issue is recent communications from corporate leadership to their employees that strongly implies to vote for one candidate or another, or else their jobs may be in peril. On Oct. 14 it was reported that employees of paper company Georgia-Pacific, owned by billionaire brothers David Koch and Charles Koch, received a mailing that stated they would “suffer the consequences, including higher gasoline prices, runaway inflation, and other ills” if they voted for candidates not supported by Koch-owned companies or its political fundraising arm.
Election PR Lesson: Inform, Never Mandate Employees’ Voting Decisions
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