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#1 Oct 15, 2012
Learn your history. The coal industry does not speak for the coal miners. UMWA is endorsing neither candidate.
From the LA Times:
Murray closed the mine the day of the rally, saying it was necessary for security and safety, then docked miners their pay for those hours. Asked by WWVA radio’s Blomquist about the allegations, Murray Chief Operating Officer Robert Moore said, somewhat confusingly,“Attendance was mandatory but no one was forced to attend the event.”
The union has not endorsed Romney either. Obama supporters, like the AFL-CIO, pounced on Romney’s use of the Beallsville footage.“The Romney Campaign now knows full well that those miners, wage earners as they are, missed a day’s pay when they were required to attend the event,” Ohio AFL-CIO spokesman Michael Gillis said.“Instead of those workers providing for their families and putting food on the table that day, they were used as political props by a candidate that understands nothing about the plight of the average American.”
The mine is owned by Robert Murray, an enthusiastic Romney supporter and major contributor to the Republican Party on his own and through Murray Energy, one of the largest private coal companies in the U.S. Murray and his wife have given Republican candidates a total of $471,185 since the 2008 election, including the maximum of $5,000 each to Romney this year, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Additionally, employees of Murray Energy and its subsidiaries contributed almost $1.5 million to Republicans over the same period.
That's a whole lot of money from employees, and various news organizations have raised the spectre of extortion. Hard stuff to prove, since the victims stand to lose all of their livelihood by speaking up.
#3 Oct 15, 2012
The LA Times was reporting on Murray Coal, which has been accused of exploiting workers to appear in an ad for Romney (again note--the UMWA has endorsed neither candidate)--in addition to losing a day's pay so that the ad could be shot at the mine. There are further allegations that those who work at Murray are required to appear regularly at fundraisers for a number of national Republican candidates and to fork over cash.
Now the trail of coercion is not so easy to trace, but it is clear that a lot of money is going from Murray employees to Republicans.
#4 Oct 15, 2012
i seen this on msnbc
#5 Oct 15, 2012
Politicians and coal operators have convinced these poor ignorant miners that if only Romney gets elected, all their troubles will go away. It's a sad situation really.
They ignore the fact that mining employment WAS the highest it had been in a decade under Obama.
They ignore the fact that natural gas is cheaper by far AND cleaner.
They ignore the fact that due to warm winters and the recession, less electricity has been needed.
They ignore the fact that some of these power plants were due to close before Obama took office and were accelerated because of the cheaper natural gas prices.
They actually think that Romney has their best interests at heart! It's unbelievable. It won't be long before the coal operators are making it mandatory for miners to vote republican, it's coming, just as predicted. When fascism comes it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross...you couldn't describe these people any better.
#6 Oct 15, 2012
Who care get a job and stay of here.
#7 Oct 15, 2012
You must care, you just had to show us your stupidity. Take your own advice
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