Louis DeJoy Never 'Knowingly' Violated Campaign Contribution Laws, Spokesman Says, Amid DOJ Probe

U.S. Postal Service Postmaster General Louis DeJoy never "knowingly" violated political campaign contribution laws, said a spokesman for the postal official on Thursday, amid a current Department of Justice probe.

Last year, two former employees of DeJoy's former business, New Breed Logistics, told The Washington Post that DeJoy said they would be given large bonuses as reimbursement for a request to issue checks and attend political fundraisers at his mansion. Five previous employees said that they were pushed by DeJoy or his aides to do so.

"Mr. DeJoy has learned that the Department of Justice 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 adherence to the campaign contribution laws and has never knowingly violated them," DeJoy's spokesman, Mark Corallo, told the Associated Press.

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United States Postal Service Postmaster General Louis DeJoy departs following a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on Legislative Proposals to Put the Postal Service on Sustainable Financial Footing on Capitol Hill on February 24, 2021 in Washington, DC. DeJoy's spokesman Mark Corallo said he never "knowingly" violated campaign contribution laws as the Department of Justice is investigating him. Al Drago/Getty Images

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 mired in controversy since taking over the Postal Service last summer and putting in place policy changes that delayed mail before the 2020 election, when there was a crush of mail-in ballots.

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

DeJoy, who has not been charged with a crime, denied he had repaid executives for contributing to President Donald Trump's campaign, amid questioning before a congressional committee last year.

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 supported by DeJoy and his family. He and his family have contributed more than $1 million to Republican politicians.

A district attorney in Wake County, North Carolina, earlier this year decided not to pursue a criminal investigation into the allegations, saying the matter was out of her office's jurisdiction.

Corallo said DeJoy will cooperate with the investigation.

"Mr. DeJoy fully cooperated with and answered the questions posed by Congress regarding these matters. The same is true of the Postal Service Inspector General's inquiry which after a thorough investigation gave Mr. DeJoy a clean bill of health on his disclosure and divestment issues. He expects nothing less in this latest matter and he intends to work with DOJ toward swiftly resolving it," Corallo said.

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In this Feb. 24, 2021 file photo, United States Postal Service Postmaster General Louis DeJoy speaks during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, in Washington. The Department of Justice is investigating Postmaster General Louis DeJoy over political fundraising activity at his former business. Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP