The Ghost of Election Day Past

According to Elizabeth Crum at National Review Online’s election blog, a couple of names familiar to Rhode Island political-watchers are showing up in the Nevada Senate race, those names being “Harrah’s” and “Jan Jones”

Executives at the casino giant Harrah’s pushed company employees to vote early in an all-out effort to help the Harry Reid campaign, according to internal emails obtained by Battle ‘10.
The stepped-up effort began Wednesday when a Reid staffer sent an email pleading for help to Harrah’s top lobbyist, Jan Jones. Soon after, Marybel Batjer, Harrah’s vice president of public policy and communications, distributed that plea via email to executives throughout the company…
On Friday, Western Regional President Tom Jenkin sent out a follow-up email showing a total vote count for Harrah’s properties along with the percentages of employees who had voted at each property. Attached to the email was a spreadsheet showing employee names and at which property they worked. Supervisors were asked to fill in codes explaining why their employees had not yet voted.
The Harrah’s employee who forwarded the emails asked not to be identified due to fear of reprisal. The employee said the pressure from upper management was “disturbing.”
“We were asked to talk to people individually to find out why they had not yet voted and to fill in these spreadsheets explaining why,” the employee said. “I did not feel comfortable doing that.”
Those who voted against casino referendum four years ago can pat themselves on the back for preventing a truly destructive beast from being unleashed on RI politics.

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13 years ago

Call it McPressure.
The owner of SEVERAL McDonald’s restaurants in northeastern Ohio is facing heat after he distributed Republican handouts to his employees and threatened that their pay and benefits would suffer if the GOP doesn’t win in the midterm elections.
The handbills were handed to workers alongside their paychecks. An insert suggested they vote for three Republican candidates.
“If the right people are elected we will be able to continue with raises and benefits at or above our present levels,” “If others are elected we will not.”

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