Ohio Burger Flippers Get Voting Advice From McDonalds | Chain May Have Violated Corporate Advocacy Election Law

Ohio McDonalds gives voting advice in paychecks

By Julie Carr Smyth|Forbes.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An undetermined number of McDonald’s employees at a northeastern Ohio franchise received handbills in their most recent paychecks suggesting they vote for three Republican candidates.

The fast food chain’s corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill., distanced itself from the action by the Canton restaurant, saying it was not reflective of the company’s position.

Allen Schulman, an attorney representing one of the employees, said Friday he had forwarded the paycheck insert to Canton’s city law director, citing an Ohio law against corporate advocacy in elections.

The handbill recommended votes for Republicans John Kasich (KAY’-sihk) for governor, Rob Portman for Senate, and Jim Renacci (rehn-AY’-see) for Congress. It said that employee raises and benefits would continue only if the “right people” were elected.

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