Harrah’s pressuring employees in Senate race

Geoffrey Lawrence

A very interesting story regarding Nevada’s US Senate race was broken this morning by Elizabeth Crum of the National Review.

According to the story, Harrah’s has been coordinating with the Reid campaign and the Culinary Union to provide shuttle services so that Harrah’s employees could be herded in to vote. In addition, upper-level management is requiring mid-level supervisors to file reports on any employee who hasn’t voted explaining why the employee hasn’t voted. Internal emails also indicate how employees are to vote, stating, “Waking up to the defeat of Harry Reid Nov. 3 will be devastating for our industry’s future.”

Obviously, this type of pressure exerted by an employer over employees carries tremendous leverage in forcing the political speech of those employees. This story (and the supporting documents) are well worth a read.

Geoffrey Lawrence

Geoffrey Lawrence

Director of Research

Geoffrey Lawrence is director of research at Nevada Policy.

Lawrence has broad experience as a financial executive in the public and private sectors and as a think tank analyst. Lawrence has been Chief Financial Officer of several growth-stage and publicly traded manufacturing companies and managed all financial reporting, internal control, and external compliance efforts with regulatory agencies including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  Lawrence has also served as the senior appointee to the Nevada State Controller’s Office, where he oversaw the state’s external financial reporting, covering nearly $10 billion in annual transactions. During each year of Lawrence’s tenure, the state received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Award from the Government Finance Officers’ Association.

From 2008 to 2014, Lawrence was director of research and legislative affairs at Nevada Policy and helped the institute develop its platform of ideas to advance and defend a free society.  Lawrence has also written for the Cato Institute and the Heritage Foundation, with particular expertise in state budgets and labor economics.  He was delighted at the opportunity to return to Nevada Policy in 2022 while concurrently serving as research director at the Reason Foundation.

Lawrence holds an M.A. in international economics from American University in Washington, D.C., an M.S. and a B.S. in accounting from Western Governors University, and a B.A. in international relations from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.  He lives in Las Vegas with his beautiful wife, Jenna, and their two kids, Carson Hayek and Sage Aynne.