DeJoy's Former Workers Were Reimbursed by Company for GOP Donations

Postmaster General Louis Dejoy arrives at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington on Aug. 24 2020 to testify about changes to postal service

Postmaster General Louis Dejoy arrives at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington on Aug. 24 2020 to testify about changes to postal service

When GOP mega-donor and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy was grilled by Congress on August 24, virtually all lawmakers' questions focused on how changes he ordered to U.S. Postal Service operations have slowed mail delivery.

DeJoy has a long history with the Republican Party, and he has been accused by Democrats of making mass mail-in voting more hard and worsening conditions at the US Post Office in an attempt to help President Donald Trump.

State officials who spoke with DeJoy said he'd vowed to them that the Postal Service would handle ballots this year "like gold".

"Mr. DeJoy was never notified by the New Breed employees referenced by the Washington Post of any pressure they might have felt to make a political contribution, and he regrets if any employee felt uncomfortable for any reason", Hagler said.

Two employees allegedly familiar with the payroll systems at the company allege they would be told to increase bonuses for those employees who had donated, covering the cost of whatever the donation was.

If those accounts are accurate, the conduct would be illegal under federal law.

The president also said Monday that DeJoy should lose his job if campaign finance irregularities are uncovered while describing the GOP fundraiser as a "very honest guy". He asked employees for money. Cooper asked DeJoy if he had ever repaid employees of his former company, New Breed Logistics, for their hundreds of thousands of dollars of contributions to the Trump campaign. The Post report cited "several non-executive employees who gave substantial political donations". It's not illegal for corporations to encourage employees to donate to political candidates.

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"He would ask employees to make contributions at the same time that he would say, 'I'll get it back to you down the road, '" said another employee, on condition of anonymity. "The answer is no".

The arrangement is sometimes used to evade limits on campaign contributions. DeJoy was indignant in his reply: "That's an outrageous claim, sir, and I resent it".

Stein also noted that DeJoy could be exposed to potential prosecution regardless of when the alleged campaign finance scheme took place, as it would constitute a felony in North Carolina.

"Louis DeJoy is an honorable man", Meadows told reporters at the White House. "I'm sure he'll cooperate completely".

Maloney's committee is already investigating DeJoy's tenure at the Postal Service and has subpoenaed his communications about operations.

"These are very serious allegations that must be investigated immediately, independent of Donald Trump's Justice Department" Schumer said in a statement Sunday.

Common Cause - which along with other groups recently filed a lawsuit against DeJoy alleging that his actions to undercut the delivery of mail amount to a constitutional violation of Americans' right to vote - said the revelations of his alleged campaign finance violations are only the latest reason DeJoy can not be trusted during such a crucial time. DeJoy missed the August 26 deadline the Democrats set for him to voluntarily turn over the documents, and Maloney followed through on her subpoena threat for the materials.

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