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Holy cow, can you believe it?

Another company sends out an email regarding tomorrow's election!

My company, that is. (Well, the one I work for; you know what I mean...)

No, I won't tell you the name of the company, but you can read the message below the squiggle.

As the country’s presidential election draws near, you are reminded that campaigning and related political activity advocating for or against particular candidates, political parties or ballot initiatives should not take place on company time or on company property, and must not involve the [COMPANY] name or the use of company resources.  In the workplace, employees should refrain from posting political signs or banners, sending or forwarding political advocacy emails or messages—including political cartoons—or otherwise imposing such political views on others.

When outside the workplace and engaged as private citizens in political activities, employees must avoid any implication of participating on behalf of the company in accordance with (corporate policy regarding political activities).  Corporations are prohibited from making contributions of money or other resources to candidates, officeholders and political parties at the federal level.

Please contact your manager, your Human Resources business leader or your business conduct officer with questions.

I would also like to address a political advertisement in Virginia that mentions [COMPANY]. Employees may have seen a recent TV ad that includes the company name and an image of our former Washington, D.C. office.  We were not aware that this advertisement was being prepared.  We did not approve the ad nor authorize the use of our name.  The ad does not reflect our company’s position and it is not consistent with our policy of not advocating for or against the election of a specific federal political candidate.  

We appreciate your cooperation regarding our corporate policy during this election cycle.

Seems simple, eh?

Too bad more companies, and those managing those companies, can't see the benefit of remaining neutral during elections. No matter what they do, taking a partisan position will only piss off some people, and that's no way to run a business.

This maybe-is-not-a-diary was inspired by this one by Trev2HI.


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