Louis DeJoy’s appointment to the position the postmaster general had all the familiar characteristic of a Trump-era appointment, complete with a total lack of experience on the part of the appointees and a hefty donation check to Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee. Betsy Devos, Steve Mnuchin, and Linda McMahon have all had those signature characteristics.
This is not exactly legal… https://t.co/UdoKJbcpxj
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) September 6, 2020
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, however, may be one of those Trump appointees who lands himself in court or even jail if recent reporting is true. Several of his former employees spoke to reporters about a practice of encouraging them to make political donations to Republicans and promising to reimburse them. While there is no crime in encouraging workers to vote or even encouraging them to vote for particular candidates, but rewarding them for doing so, in essence reimbursing them for their donations, is absolutely against the law.
According to The Washington Post:
‘Louis DeJoy’s prolific campaign fundraising, which helped position him as a top Republican power broker in North Carolina and ultimately as head of the U.S. Postal Service, was bolstered for more than a decade by a practice that left many employees feeling pressured to make political contributions to GOP candidates — money DeJoy later reimbursed through bonuses, former employees say.’
Ex-employees of U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s former company reportedly say they were pressured to make political donations and then reimbursed with bigger bonuses https://t.co/USI1Hb52Fa
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) September 6, 2020
Employees say that it was their donations that supported Dejoy’s rise to a top RNC contributor, eventually gaining him notice by President Trump, who appointed him to the top position in the United States Postal Services despite the conflict of interest involved in his business, who competes with the USPS.
‘Five people who worked for DeJoy’s former business, New Breed Logistics, say they were urged by DeJoy’s aides or by the chief executive himself to write checks and attend fundraisers at his 15,000-square-foot gated mansion beside a Greensboro, N.C., country club. There, events for Republicans running for the White House and Congress routinely fetched $100,000 or more apiece.
‘Two other employees familiar with New Breed’s financial and payroll systems said DeJoy would instruct that bonus payments to staffers be boosted to help defray the cost of their contributions, an arrangement that would be unlawful.’
On Friday evening of a holiday weekend, the government turned over documents to CREW showing USPS had a plan for full staffing to ensure voting by mail was safe during the pandemic. Then Louis DeJoy came in and changed things. https://t.co/59EB7fovf1
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) September 6, 2020
Should these allegations prove true and brought into a court of law, Dejoy may be joining Trump very soon in a campaign to avoid being investigated and prosecuted. Employees of Dejoy’s say that there isn’t much he won’t stoop to in his pursuit of power.
‘A Washington Post analysis of federal and state campaign finance records found a pattern of extensive donations by New Breed employees to Republican candidates, with the same amount often given by multiple people on the same day. Between 2000 and 2014, 124 individuals who worked for the company together gave more than $1 million to federal and state GOP candidates. Many had not previously made political donations, and have not made any since leaving the company, public records show. During the same period, nine employees gave a combined $700 to Democrats.’
Louis DeJoy is a walking conflict of interest who is unqualified to lead one of our country’s most popular and important agencies.
The Board of Governors must remove DeJoy and reverse the damaging policies he’s enacted.https://t.co/iGqxIHL9SR
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) September 4, 2020