However, it looks like the first businessman to make this veiled threat was GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney when he addressed the National Federation of Independent Business back on June 6, 2012.
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CrooksandLiars.com has unearthed a conference call in which Romney tells business owners: "I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their job and their future in the upcoming elections..."
"I hope you pass those along to your employees. Nothing illegal about you talking to your employees about what you believe is best for the business, because I think that will figure into their election decision, their voting decision and of course doing that with your family and your kids as well."