Corporate America's Door To Door Campaign

Business is copying Big Labor tactics this election

For six weeks this summer, Russel Swanger was on a mission. The senior counsel at equipment manufacturer Harsco Corp. traveled from Pennsylvania to Oklahoma, visiting 17 company plants. His goal: to persuade 4,000 managers and administrators to vote on Nov. 7. The road trip was far from an exercise in civic duty. Although Swanger doesn't tell anyone how to vote, he doesn't need to. If he's talking to the bosses, he figures he's got an audience of Republicans who, if they show up at the polls, could tilt some key congressional races in favor of business-friendly candidates.

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