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Up w/ Chris Hayes has obtained emails sent by Arthur Allen, the CEO of Florida-based ASG Software Solutions, pressuring his 1,300 employees to donate to Mitt Romney’s campaign:

I am encouraging everyone to go to the Romney for President web site and contribute as much as you can to his campaign for President, up to the maximum of $2500.00 per person. I am also encouraging you to contact all of your friends and relatives and ask them to support Romney and to go to the polls and vote on election day. … Please help ASG and yourself by contributing to the Romney/Ryan campaign.

Allen joins David Siegel, the Koch brothers and other CEOs who have also attempted to pressure their employees into supporting Romney. In June, Romney himself told business owners they should be telling employees how to vote:

I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their job and their future in the upcoming elections. … I believe that will figure in to their election decision, their voting decision.

About five weeks after his first email, Allen sent another email asking those same employees to defer “some or all” of their salary until December to help the company make a $15 million interest payment.

Meanwhile, Allen proudly touts his use of a company-owned private jet, which, according to Aviation Week, costs over $50 million. According to a special advertising section on business aviation in Forbes earlier this year:

Configured with 17 seats, the Gulfstream becomes an airborne hotel, restaurant and conference room. “That’s where I live 250 days a year,” [Allen] says.

Read our complete story, with the full text of the emails and ASG’s statement, at the Up w/ Chris Hayes website.

In June of this year – Romney made some comments that seemed to fly below the radar.  As he was speaking to a group of business owners, he urged them to “make it clear to your employees” the significance of their vote and “therefore their job and their future”.  We’ve shared that HERE:

He said:

I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their joband their future in the upcoming elections.  And whether you agree with me or you agree with President Obama, or whatever your political view, I hope you pass those along to your employees.”

“Nothing illegal about you talking to your employees about what you believe is best for the business, because I believe that will figure in to their election decision, their voting decision.”


What Maisie Knew (2012) - dir. Scott McGehee & David Siegel

Beautifully acted. Beautifully filmed. But the directorial execution was about as adequate as the source material. It’s a film that could have been better but would have required different personnel. Alexander Skarsgard really takes the cake with this one, he’s the only character besides Maisie who we really get a chance to feel for. Most of the supporting cast are just flat characters used to express the despair and loneliness of the poor little Maisie (Onata Aprile).

The tension created is strong from the get go, but there’s never much addition (other than the beautiful pond scene between Margo (Joanna Vanderham) and Lincoln (Skarsgard)). It’s the same problems at the beginning of the film as there are at the end.

To summarize - the film is really, really good. But it’s almost entirely Act Two without much in the way of Acts One or Three.


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The DP/30 video is now available to view - it’s 30 MINUTES of Alexander Skarsgård, and What Maisie Knew directors David Siegel & Scott McGehee talking about the movie.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Caption: Jackie Siegel & two of her children relax in her shoe closet. Orlando, Florida. March 2012.

Photographer: Martha Camarillo

Photo Editor: Emily Keegin

Story/ Issue: Versailles, the Would-Be Biggest House in America // March 15 - 21, 2012

* Note: I sent Martha to photograph David and Jackie Siegel a few months before Lauren Greenfield’s movie had hit theaters.  At the time the Siegels were suing Greenfield & were extremely reluctant to allow another photographer into their home(s). But Martha is not just “another” photographer. Martha Camarillo is MARTHA CAMARILLO.

* ALSO. if you’re wondering what to do with your sweetheart tonight may i suggest snuggling up to netflix & watching The Queen of Versailles. Quite possibly the best movie i’ve seen in the last 14.5 years. that’s right. It’s better than Drop Dead Gorgeous……….. ……………..  maybe.