The Federal Election Commission voted to dismiss two complaints filed by watchdog groups against US Postmaster General Louis DeJoy that alleged a straw donor scheme at his former company. The complaints were filed last year after reports in The Washington Post and The New York Times detailed the claims of former employees of DeJoy's company, who said they were pressured to donate to Republican candidates and then were reimbursed for those donations.
The watchdog groups alleged that such conduct violated campaign finance law limiting corporate contributions and prohibiting contributions that are made in the name of another person. The commission's acting general counsel recommended that the agency dismiss the two complaints, according to files from the FEC reviews that were posted to its website. FEC acting General Counsel Lisa J. Stevenson wrote in April reports that the allegations lacked corroboration, and she pointed to the specificity of the rebuttals in the affidavits filed by several employees of DeJoy's company, XPO Logistics.