Congressional Democrats have called for an investigation into the legality of U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s employee campaign contributions during his oversight of a North Carolina-based logistical company between 2000 and 2014.
The lawmakers accused DeJoy of campaign finance violations in response to a report Sunday by The Washington Post accusing him of reimbursing employees he pressured to make donations.Former employees of New Breed Logistics told the Post that DeJoy encouraged them to attend fundraisers and donate generously to Republican candidates. Two employees said DeJoy then arranged for them to receive bonuses that matched the donations plus any taxes due. DeJoy has been one of the top GOP fundraiser in the United States, a May study of campaign contributions by NPR showed. DeJoy was chief fundraiser for the Republican National Convention, and has donated more than $1.2 million to the Trump Victory fund and millions more to other GOP funds and candidates in national and state elections.Senate Democrats challenged DeJoy earlier in the summer over service cuts to the U.S. Postal Service they said might interfere with mail-in voting in November. More Americans are expected to rely on mail-in voting as the coronavirus pandemic keeps high-risk individuals at home to avoid infection.