- Postmaster General Louis DeJoy hired a consulting firm with ties to President Trump to represent him after the House Oversight Committee launched an investigation into his private business.
- The investigation follows a Washington Post report that the longtime Republican fundraiser may have violated campaign fundraising law.
- Patomak Global Partners was founded by Paul Atkins, a former SEC executive who has advised Trump on financial deregulation and served on his business council.
- A USPS spokesperson said the work performed by DeJoy’s personal firms, Patomak and RLF Communications, does not relate to his duties as Postmaster General or its main PR agency, Weber Shandwick.
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US Postmaster General Louis DeJoy hired a consulting and PR firm with deep ties to the Trump administration as he faces allegations that he violated campaign fundraising laws as a private businessman and Republican fundraiser, Business Insider has learned.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former executive who worked in the private sector for Postmaster General Louis DeJoy was recently paid by President Donald Trump’s re-election effort, according to a new campaign finance disclosure.
Joe Hauck, who was formerly vice president of sales and marketing for DeJoy’s New Breed Logistics, was paid $3,000 by the Republican National Committee in August for “management consulting,” records filed on Sunday with the Federal Election Commission show.
DeJoy faces an investigation by House Democrats who are exploring allegations that he encouraged employees at his former business to contribute to Republican candidates and then reimbursed them in the guise of bonuses, a violation of campaign finance laws.
Hauck helped his then-boss in the endeavor by soliciting donations from employees, the Washington Post reported. He and DeJoy have previously denied that employees were pressured to donate.
Hauck did not respond to a request for comment Monday.
On-time mail delivery dropped by nearly 10% nationwide under U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s changes to the USPS, according to a new Senate report, confirming nationwide reports of delayed mail including prescription deliveries and small business shopping that had led to financial strain and widespread outrage and fear about how the delays could impact the November election.
According to an analysis of USPS data by the office of Sen. Gary Peters, the Ranking Member on the Senate Homeland Security Committee who conducted the USPS investigation, the USPS delivered more than 90% of mail on time before DeJoy’s changes were implemented.
When the changes were implemented in mid-July, on-time rates dropped to between 81.5%
Former employees of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said they felt pressured to make political contributions to GOP candidates while working for his former business, The Washington Post reported.
Several people who worked under or were familiar with DeJoy at his former business New Breed Logistics, a supply chain company, told the Post that DeJoy asked employees to donate to GOP fundraisers in return for bonus payments to make up for the costs.
“Louis was a national fundraiser for the Republican Party. He asked employees for money. We gave him the money, and then he reciprocated by giving us big bonuses,” David Young, a former human resources director who previously had access to New Breed’s payroll records, told the Post.
The Post said an analysis of campaign finance records saw a “pattern of extensive donations by New Breed employees to Republican candidates.”
Monty Hagler, a spokesman for DeJoy, told Business Insider