Exec: I Was Fired for Not Donating to Mitt

CEO asked employees to give; denies man lost job over refusal
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2008 1:56 PM CDT
Mitt Romney addresses the National Rifle Association's annual meeting, Friday, May 16, 2008, in Louisville, Ky.    (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
camera-icon View 2 more images

(Newser) – An ex-executive with a Chicago-based consulting group has filed an employment bias complaint, alleging that he was fired in part for his refusal to donate to Mitt Romney’s campaign, the Wall Street Journal reports. The complaint offers a rare glimpse into the machinery of corporate donations. In emails seen by the Journal, Huron Group’s CEO asks employees to back the Republican. “This is just business and the way business works,” he writes.

He goes on to thank donors, and promises to reward them. “You can't realize how much leverage this gives Huron going forward,” he says. In all, Romney received $92,000 from Huron executives. The company says the emails were simply a “personal request” of a kind “common in companies, and organizations across America.” Such inducements aren’t illegal, as long as there's no coercion.