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6. David Siegel
Siegel, CEO of Florida-based real estate and timeshare firm Westgate Resorts, infamously emailed his employees just weeks before election day to put them firmly on notice: “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. This means fewer jobs, less benefits and certainly less opportunity for everyone.” No word on whether Siegel followed through on his threat after President Obama was re-elected in November, but his note to workers represented all that was at stake in this year’s presidential election and how strongly employers on both sides of the political spectrum felt about the workforce issues that were debated throughout 2012.