The hundred-millionaire, who doesn’t like President Obama, let his employees know their jobs may be at risk if the president is re-elected.
Monday, Siegel sent an email to all 7,000 Westgate employees that read: “The economy doesn’t currently pose a threat to your job. What does threaten your job however, is another four years of the same Presidential administration…”
The founder and CEO of giant timeshare company Westgate resorts adds, “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.”
However, Siegel did not mention Mitt Romney’s name anywhere in his letter to employees, and he writes he “certainly wouldn’t interfere with your right to vote for whomever you choose.”
After Gawker published its piece, the real estate mogul proudly stood for the letter. “It speaks the truth and it gives [employees] something to think about when they go to the polls,” he said.
It’s not the first time the Florida real estate mogul injects himself in to critical political events.
In the “The Queen of Versailles,” the documentary chronicling Siegel’s quest to obnoxiously build the biggest house in America, Siegel claims he was “personally responsible” for George W. Bush’s victory in 2000.
He insists that his tactics for helping Bush win “may not necessarily have been legal.”
“I’m not bragging, I’m just stating the fact: I personally got George W. Bush elected,” Siegel earlier revealed to reporters. “I’m not proud of it. I feel like I’m responsible for all the problems in the world.”
By the way, David Siegel isn’t the first CEO to push his political preferences on his workers.
Bob Murray, Chief Executive of coal company Murray Energy, allegedly forced his employee to donate money to the Republican nominee campaign.
As a result, the company was accused of making its employees participate in a pro-Romney rally, give up a day’s worth of pay and face the possibility of getting fired if they didn’t, The Huff Post reports.
The insider, who spoke on the conditions of anonymity for fear of being fired, came forward separately. But they painted similar pictures of the fund-raising operation.
“There’s a lot of coercion,” said one of them. “I just wanted to work, but you feel this constant pressure that, if you don’t contribute, your job’s at stake. You’re compelled to do this whether you want to or not.”
Another employee added: “They will give you a call if you’re not giving. . . . It’s expected you give Mr. Murray what he asks for.”
Richard Lacks, CEO of the Michigan-based Lacks Enterprises, a car-part manufacturer, also pressured his workers to vote for the Republican challenger, saying that four more years of President Obama would mean a boost in taxes and a decrease in pay.
“It is important that in November you vote to improve your standard of living and that will be through smaller government and less government,” Lacks reportedly wrote in a letter to 2,300 employees.