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  •  He also violated Federal law (0+ / 0-)

    I posted most of this comment on a similar thread, these are the federal laws that are the basis for the Uniform Code of Military Justice, governing political activities in Uniform. Only these are the civilian federal laws:

    It is illegal to do that to people in Uniform. These are the federal laws that the UCMJ uses a legal precedent. It seemed pertinent to this discussion.

    For example: USC 18 *594 Under Crimes: Intimidation of Voters

        Whoever intimidates, threatens, coerces, or attempts to intimidate, threaten, or coerce, any other person for the purpose of interfering with the right of such other person to vote or to vote as he may choose, or of causing such other person to vote for, or not to vote for, any candidate for the office of President, Vice President, Presidential elector, Member of the Senate, Member of the House of Representatives, Delegate from the District of Columbia, or Resident Commissioner, at any election held solely or in part for the purpose of electing such candidate, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

    __ A boss making these demands is guilty just like a boss demanding a date or a roll in the hay. The innate balance of power implies a threat, even when there is none intended. __

    Just my thoughts on the matter.

    And it appears that if the employees comply that they could be fined under the law: 18 USC * 597Expenditures to Influence Voting

        Whoever makes or offers to make an expenditure to any person, either to vote or withhold his vote, or to vote for or against any candidate; and
        Whoever solicits, accepts, or receives any such expenditure in consideration of his vote or the withholding of his vote—
        Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if the violation was willful, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.

    Another one: 18 USC * 600 Promises of Employement

        Whoever, directly or indirectly, promises any employment, position, compensation, contract, appointment, or other benefit, provided for or made possible in whole or in part by any Act of Congress, or any special consideration in obtaining any such benefit, to any person as consideration, favor, or reward for any political activity or for the support of or opposition to any candidate or any political party in connection with any general or special election to any political office, or in connection with any primary election or political convention or caucus held to select candidates for any political office, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

    If you get a bad conduct discharge from the military, it used to be that you could not be employed with any company that received govt funds. So basically, you couldn't even get a job at McDonalds or Walmart.

    This may be applicable to any company that received government subsidies.

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