Source: Washington Post
According to a bombshell report from the Washington Post, North Carolina-based businessman and current US postmaster general Louis DeJoy engaged in a scheme to repay employees for political donations. A number of employees reported feeling pressured to donate to GOP candidates when DeJoy held fundraisers, the Washington Post reports.
Reimbursing employees for political contributions is illegal under both federal and North Carolina, WRAL reported recently.
Some employees say they felt their job was at risk if they chose not to donate.
“I took that to mean my job is on the line here, or things won’t go smooth for me here at New Breed if I didn’t contribute,” Steve Moore told the Washington Post. “I didn’t really agree with what was going on,” he said. Moore said he was terminated in 2008 after a dispute with his supervisors, the paper adds.
North Carolina Republican Senator Thom Tillis was a major recipient of donations from DeJoy’s employees.
“One of the biggest beneficiaries of donations from New Breed employees has been GOP Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, whose campaign committees collected nearly $300,000 from people at the company in 2014, campaign finance records show,” the paper reports.