Louis DeJoy never ‘knowingly’ violated campaign contribution laws, spokesman says, amid DOJ investigation
U.S. Postal Service Postmaster General Louis DeJoy never “knowingly” violated political campaign contribution laws, a spokesman for the postal official said Thursday, amid an ongoing Justice Department investigation.
Last year, two former employees of DeJoy’s former company, New Breed Logistics, told The Washington Post that DeJoy offered them large bonuses as compensation for writing checks and attending political fundraisers at his mansion. Five former employees said they were pressured to do so by DeJoy or his aides.
“Mr. DeJoy has learned that the Justice Department is investigating campaign contributions made by employees who worked for him when he was in the private sector. He has always been scrupulous in his compliance with campaign contribution laws and has never knowingly violated them,” DeJoy’s spokesman, Mark Corallo, told The Associated Press.
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Federal authorities in recent weeks have subpoenaed DeJoy and interviewed current and former employees of DeJoy and his business, The Washington Post reported.
The Justice Department declined to comment on news of the investigation.
DeJoy, a wealthy former logistics executive, has been embroiled in controversy since he took over the Postal Service last summer and instituted policy changes that delayed mail delivery ahead of the 2020 election, when there was a rush of absentee ballots.
It’s not illegal to encourage employees to donate to candidates. However, it is illegal to reimburse them as a way to circumvent federal contribution limits.
DeJoy, who has not been charged with any crime, denied during questioning before a congressional committee last year that he compensated executives for contributions to President Donald Trump’s campaign.
Campaign finance disclosures show that between 2000 and 2014, when New Breed was sold, more than 100 employees donated a total of more than $610,000 to Republican candidates backed by DeJoy and his family. He and his family have donated more than $1 million to Republican politicians.
A district attorney in Wake County, North Carolina, decided earlier this year not to launch a criminal investigation into the allegations because the matter was not within the jurisdiction of her office.
Corallo said DeJoy will cooperate with the investigation.
“Mr. DeJoy has fully cooperated and responded to Congressional questions regarding these matters,” he said. Same. This is a brief summary.