Yes, this really does happen in America.
Owners of a Canton, Ohio McDonald’s franchise had a surprise in their employee’s paycheck envelopes recently. Employees found the following letter , on company letterhead, stuffed inside the envelopes with their paychecks:
The letter states that “who you vote for is your personal decision”, but also goes on to state “if the right people are elected we will be able to continue with raises and benefits at or above our present levels. If others are elected we will not”. It then endorses three Republicans as those who can “help (our) business move forward.”
This is a direct violation of Ohio law, which states:
No employer or his agent or a corporation shall print or authorize to be printed upon any pay envelopes any statements intended or calculated to influence the political action of his or its employees; or post or exhibit in the establishment or anywhere in or about the establishment any posters, placards, or hand bills containing any threat, notice, or information that if any particular candidate is elected or defeated work in the establishment will cease in whole or in part, or other threats expressed or implied, intended to influence the political opinions or votes of his or its employees.