NC nonprofit pushes for alleged fundraising scheme investigation

Christel Deskins

Common Cause NC filed a complaint with the State Board of Elections Wednesday and sent a request to Attorney General Josh Stein for a criminal investigation into an alleged campaign donation scheme by U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.Five people who worked for DeJoy’s former company, New Breed Logistics, say they […]

Common Cause NC filed a complaint with the State Board of Elections Wednesday and sent a request to Attorney General Josh Stein for a criminal investigation into an alleged campaign donation scheme by U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.Five people who worked for DeJoy’s former company, New Breed Logistics, say they were urged by DeJoy’s aides or by DeJoy himself to write checks and attend fundraisers at his mansion in Greensboro, North Carolina, The Washington Post reported. Click the video player above for studio coverage from WXII 12 News.Two former employees told the newspaper that DeJoy would later give bigger bonuses to reimburse for the contributions.It’s not illegal to encourage employees to contribute to candidates, but it is illegal to reimburse them as a way of avoiding federal campaign contribution limits.”Our state’s campaign finance laws are designed to protect the fundamental integrity of our elections and guard against undue influence by self-serving megadonors and special interests,” said Bob Phillips, executive director of Common Cause NC. “Violations of these laws undermine public trust in our democracy and must be treated with the utmost seriousness. No one is above the law, no matter the size of their bank account.”Monty Hagler, a spokesperson for DeJoy, told the Post that DeJoy was unaware that any workers felt pressure to make donations. Hagler also said DeJoy believes he has always complied with campaign fundraising laws and regulations.President Donald Trump said Monday that DeJoy, a major donor to Trump and other Republicans, should lose his job if campaign finance irregularities are uncovered.House Democrats said Tuesday they will investigate whether DeJoy violated campaign finance laws.While there is a five-year statute of limitations on federal campaign finance charges, there is no statute of limitations in North Carolina, according to Common Cause NC.”Voters deserve to know who is funding politicians’ campaigns,” Phillips said. “But straw-donor ploys hide the true source of political donations and make it impossible for voters to make fully informed choices. This troubling fundraising scheme allegedly perpetrated by Louis DeJoy has the appearance of bypassing North Carolina’s campaign finance limits in order to illicitly buy political access and curry favor with elected officials. These allegations should be thoroughly investigated and, if true, Mr. DeJoy must be held accountable.” This article contains information from The Associated Press.

Common Cause NC filed a complaint with the State Board of Elections Wednesday and sent a request to Attorney General Josh Stein for a criminal investigation into an alleged campaign donation scheme by U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.

Five people who worked for DeJoy’s former company, New Breed Logistics, say they were urged by DeJoy’s aides or by DeJoy himself to write checks and attend fundraisers at his mansion in Greensboro, North Carolina, The Washington Post reported.

Click the video player above for studio coverage from WXII 12 News.

Two former employees told the newspaper that DeJoy would later give bigger bonuses to reimburse for the contributions.

It’s not illegal to encourage employees to contribute to candidates, but it is illegal to reimburse them as a way of avoiding federal campaign contribution limits.

“Our state’s campaign finance laws are designed to protect the fundamental integrity of our elections and guard against undue influence by self-serving megadonors and special interests,” said Bob Phillips, executive director of Common Cause NC. “Violations of these laws undermine public trust in our democracy and must be treated with the utmost seriousness. No one is above the law, no matter the size of their bank account.”

Monty Hagler, a spokesperson for DeJoy, told the Post that DeJoy was unaware that any workers felt pressure to make donations. Hagler also said DeJoy believes he has always complied with campaign fundraising laws and regulations.

President Donald Trump said Monday that DeJoy, a major donor to Trump and other Republicans, should lose his job if campaign finance irregularities are uncovered.

House Democrats said Tuesday they will investigate whether DeJoy violated campaign finance laws.

While there is a five-year statute of limitations on federal campaign finance charges, there is no statute of limitations in North Carolina, according to Common Cause NC.

“Voters deserve to know who is funding politicians’ campaigns,” Phillips said. “But straw-donor ploys hide the true source of political donations and make it impossible for voters to make fully informed choices. This troubling fundraising scheme allegedly perpetrated by Louis DeJoy has the appearance of bypassing North Carolina’s campaign finance limits in order to illicitly buy political access and curry favor with elected officials. These allegations should be thoroughly investigated and, if true, Mr. DeJoy must be held accountable.”

This article contains information from The Associated Press.

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