After receiving the email from David Barrett, the CEO of Expensify, Hoskinson thought his account has been hacked. He said the email urges him to vote for Joe Biden.
Afterward, he discovered that it was a bulk email sent to all his employees and contractors at IOHK. He then remembered his earlier relationship with Expensify, a platform that provides companies with expense management tools. He shared this in one of his recent YouTube videos.
“I don’t think in the history of doing business (me doing business) I’ve ever received from an established company who is a service provider this close to election time, an unsolicited email asking our people to vote for a political candidate.”
In the video, he also threatened to end IOHK’s relationship with the company.
I just received an email from @expensify CEO David Barrett telling me to vote for Joe Biden. Iohk currently uses expensify services. We will immediately begin looking for a new vendor. I did not sign up to have a service provider CEO email my employees pushing a political agenda pic.twitter.com/smJdyli86G
— Charles Hoskinson (@IOHK_Charles) October 23, 2020
IOHK Employees Have Freedom to Support Any Candidate
He further stated that he cannot impose his political opinion on IOHK employees and cannot silence them from airing their political opinions, unlike Brian Armstrong’s decision to drastically limit his employees at Coinbase from expressing their political viewpoint.
“I do not care if you work for me as a contractor employee if you are frothing at the mouth, communist, just crazed and dazed in the eyes — Che Guevara shirt and everything. Or if you’re a hardcore libertarian, crypto-anarchist — doesn’t matter to me.”
Charles Hoskinson Only Cares about the Progress of the Company
The creator of Cardano (ADA) said that he only cares about what his employees, contractors, and customers can contribute to the progress of the company, rather than their political stances.
“And I will remind our employees, contractors, and the customers who work with us, we are apolitical in this respect. We appreciate diversity of thought. We welcome people to share their opinions.”
He added that he has used his personal social media channels to publicly express his opinions on politics, but has never used the same channel or the company’s social channels to campaign for any candidate.
Hoskinson further marked Barrett’s email spamming as a violation of campaign laws.
“I really do hope someone contacts the Federal Elections Commission about this because it does look like an in-kind contribution when a CEO takes their business mailing lists and decides to use those lists to support a particular political candidate. I am not a Trump supporter. On many occasions I’ve called him the Orange Goblin, nor am I a Biden supporter,” Charles Hoskinson noted.
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