With the presidential election now three weeks away, voters will have a big decision to make -- stay with President Obama or replace him with Mitt Romney?
Some companies -- including two based in Florida -- are sending out letters to their employees warning them that they could be laid off if President Obama is re-elected.
One letter came from David Siegel, founder and CEO of Orlando-based Westgate Resorts.
"Of course, as your employer, I can't tell you whom to vote for, and I certainly wouldn't interfere with your right to vote for whomever you choose," Siegel writes in an e-mail addressed to "All My Valued Employees." Read the entire e-mail here.
However, Siegel goes on to say in his e-mail to employees that if Obama is re-elected and tax increases go into effect, he may have no other choice but to downsize the company and lay employees off.
"If any new taxes are levied on me, or my company, as our current President plans, I will have no choice but to reduce the size of this company. Rather than grow this company I will be forced to cut back. This means fewer jobs, less benefits and certainly less opportunity for everyone."
He continues: "You see, I can no longer support a system that penalizes the productive and gives to the unproductive. My motivation to work and to provide jobs will be destroyed, and with it, so will your opportunities. If that happens, you can find me in the Caribbean sitting on the beach, under a palm tree, retired, and with no employees to worry about."
Arthur Allen, CEO of Naples-based ASG Software Solutions, sent a similar e-mail to his employees warning of the consequences of an Obama re-election.
Allen warns them that if Obama is re-elected, there's virtually no chance of ASG remaining independent.
"As you know, together, we have been able to keep ASG an independent company while still growing our revenues and customers. But I can tell you, if the US re-elects President Obama, our chances of staying independent are slim to none," Allen wrote to his employees in an e-mail. Read the entire e-mail here.
Allen goes on to say, "Remember, in the world of business, companies are consolidators or they get consolidated; so far ASG has been a consolidator, completing over 60 acquisitions in our 26 year history. When we buy a company, we eliminate about 60 percent of the salaries of the employees of that company. If we lose our independence and get consolidated, the same thing would happen to ASG's employees.
"I am asking you to give us one more chance to stay independent by voting in a new President and administration on November 6th."
Earlier this month, Dave Robertson, President and COO of Koch Industries, sent employees there a letter warning them of consequences if Obama is re-elected, while saying the decision of who employees vote for is theirs alone.
"First, and most important, we believe any decision about which candidates to support is – as always – yours and yours alone, based on the factors that are most important to you," Robertson writes in the letter. Read the entire text of the letter here.
"If we elect candidates who want to spend hundreds of billions in borrowed money on costly new subsidies for a few favored cronies, put unprecedented regulatory burdens on businesses, prevent or delay important new construction projects and excessively hinder free trade, then many of our more than 50,000 U.S. employees and contractors may suffer the consequences, including higher gasoline prices, runaway inflation and other ills."
Robertson's letter included a voter information packet to employees that contain a pair of editorials -- one by David Koch supporting Mitt Romney, the other by Charles Koch condemning President Obama.
It also contained a list of candidates the company's political action committee supports -- all Republicans.