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Progress for Ohio's complaint to FEC over Murray Energy Corporation and Romney for President

Progress for Ohio's complaint to FEC over Murray Energy Corporation and Romney for President

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09/24/2012

 
1 of 2September 24, 2012Federal Election Commission999 E Street, NWWashington, DC 20463Complainant: Brian Rothenberg172 E State Street, 6
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FloorColumbus, OH 43215Respondent: Romney for PresidentPO Box 149756Boston, MA 02114-9756Murray Energy Corporation29325 Chagrin Boulevard, Suite 300Pepper Pike, OH 44122To Whom It May Concern:On information and belief, it is my understanding that coal miners employed by Murray Energyat the Murray Coal plant in Beallsville, Ohio were required to attend a political rally on or aboutAugust 14, 2012 in support of presidential candidate, Mitt Romney. These workers
attendanceat the Romney rally during normal work hours was mandatory, according to Chief OperationsOfficer Robert Moore.
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This appears to have caused several workers to fear detrimental jobaction if they did not attend.
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Though it appears that these workers were not paid to attend (to thecontrary, the mandatory attendance at the rally appears to have cost many of these workersseveral hours, if not an e
ntire day’s pay), the attendance of these miners was something of value
to the Romney campaign that was not freely given- but a requirement on the part of thecorporation that they work for, Murray Energy. The attendance now has an even greater value, asimages of miners, who were required to attend, are now part of at least two (2) new Romneytelevision ads that began to run in Ohio on or about September 19, 2012.
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 I believe the actions of Murray Energy and the Mitt Romney campaign have violated federalcampaign finance law and corresponding regulations. First, I believe the required attendance of the miners was something of value given from Murray Energy to the Romney campaign, whichis a prohibited corporate contribution under 29 CFR 114.2.I also believe that Murray Energy coerced its employees to attend the Romney rally, essentiallyforcing these employees to make a contribution to a candidate in violation of 29 CFR Section114.2(f)(iv), which prohibits a corporation from
using coercion, such as the threat of a
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