The longtime human resources director of New Breed Logistics, David Young, detailed the alleged practice to the newspaper, saying that when DeJoy was a fundraiser for the Republican Party, “He asked employees for money. We gave him the money, and then he reciprocated by giving us big bonuses.”
“When we got our bonuses, let’s just say they were bigger, they exceeded expectations — and that covered the tax and everything else,” he said.
Young, who donated more than $19,000 while at the company, according to the Post, added, “No one was ever forced to or lost a job because they didn’t, but if people contributed, their raises and their bonuses were bumped up to accommodate that.”
DeJoy’s spokesperson, Monty Hagler, told the Post in a statement that DeJoy “believes that he has always followed campaign fundraising laws and regulations.”
Hagler added that DeJoy had “sought and received legal advice” from a former general counsel for the Federal Election Commission to ensure the company was complying with the law.
DeJoy testified last month that he never repaid executives for making donations to the Trump campaign when asked by Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper of Tennessee.
“That’s an outrageous claim, sir, and I resent it,” he said.
That question to DeJoy was specifically about activities related to Trump’s presidential campaign but not about the wrongdoing alleged by Young years earlier.
Still, the Washington Post report Sunday prompted the Attorney General of North Carolina — where the business was based — to call for an investigation into the alleged practice.
“Any credible allegations of such actions merit investigation by the appropriate state and federal authorities. Beyond this, it would be inappropriate for me as Attorney General to comment on any specific matter at this time.”
Congressional Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, weighed in on the Washington Post report Sunday evening, calling for an investigation as well.
“These are very serious allegations that must be investigated immediately, independent of Donald Trump’s Justice Department. The North Carolina Attorney General, an elected official who is independent of Donald Trump, is the right person to start this investigation,” the New York Democrat said in a statement.
California Rep. Adam Schiff echoed the “demand” for an investigation.