Two weeks ago the Romney bus tour held a rally at a coal mine in Beallsville, Ohio, owned by Murray Energy Corporation.
Today the Huffington Post is reporting that the coal miners present at that rally were told that their attendance was mandatory. Additionally that mandatory attendance was in lieu of a day’s pay.
The Huffington Post reports, “The claims have been mostly denied by Rob Moore, Chief Financial Officer of Murray Energy Company, which owns the mine. He acknowledges that workers weren’t paid that day but says no one was made to attend the event. Well, kind of.
’Our managers communicated to our workforce that the attendance at the Romney event was mandatory, but no one was forced to attend,’ he told local news radio WWVA, which has received several emails from workers claiming that the company records names of workers that don't attend those types of events.”
In May, Romney teamed up with Murray's CEO Bob Murray for a fundraising event in West Virginia. And Murray's made no secret of his support for the Republican Party, previously backing Rick Perry. In addition, his company has donated more than $900,000 to Republican candidates in the last two years, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
A recording of the WWVA Radio report follows: