How Local Workers Are Pressured Into Politics

March 23 2010, 10:41 AM

If you've ever wondered whether bosses pressure their workers to hop aboard political bandwagons to make a showing for lawmakers and the media in order to further corporate interests, The Denver Post has uncovered some interesting evidence. In one example, Pepsi executives "instructed hundreds of their employees this year to write letters protesting the new law rolling back tax credits on soda." Officials at the company say most of their employees were supportive of the effort, but one employee tells the newspaper that supervisors hovered over workers' desks as they wrote missives. Unlike some other states, including California, employers in Colorado enjoy wide latitude to push their workers into the political realm, whether they like it or not. As you ponder what political cause your smiling boss might ask you to back, you can bet more money will flow into the coffers of political candidates this year. The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that a ban in the state constitution on certain political contributions from corporations and labor groups violates the First Amendment. The decision frees corporations and labor unions to make independent expenditures backing their favorite candidates, reports Law Week Colorado. The ruling comes just months after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision, which found that campaign finance restrictions impede freedom of speech.