Siegel has admitted on camera to engaging in undisclosed illegal activities in Florida during the 2000 United States elections, which he claims were singularly responsible for getting George W. Bush into the White House. He said:
Whenever I saw a negative article about [Al] Gore, I put it in with the paychecks of my 8,000 employees. I had my managers do a survey on every employee. If they liked Bush, we made them register to vote. But not if they liked Gore. The week before [the election] we made 80,000 phone calls through my call center—they were robo-calls. On Election Day, we made sure everyone who was voting for Bush got to the polls. I didn’t know he would win by 527 votes. Afterward, we did a survey among the employees to find out who voted who wouldn’t have otherwise. One thousand of them said so.
During the 2012 United States elections, Siegel caused controversy and public debate when he sent a mass email to his employees, advising them to vote for Republican Party candidate Mitt Romney.
Siegel was also found guilty of sexual harassment in a lawsuit brought by former Westgate employee Georgette Meyers. Meyers worked for Westgate for 14 years. She claimed that Siegel offered a million dollars to have sex with her. Meyers claimed that she had to repeatedly fight off unwanted advances from Siegel, and a Florida court awarded Meyers $5.4 Million in damages in February 2008.
Cheap money and narcissitic personalities.