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The Guardian’s Sam Levine reports:

A government watchdog group asked North Carolina officials to investigate a report that Louis DeJoy, the postmaster general, pressured his employees in the private sector to donate to Republican candidates and then reimbursed them through his company.

Louis DeJoy testifies before the House oversight committee.

Louis DeJoy testifies before the House oversight committee. Photograph: Tom Williams/AP

The complaint, filed by the North Carolina chapter of Common Cause, came after former employees of DeJoy’s logistics company, New Breed Logistics, told the Washington Post DeJoy would push them to write checks or attend Republican fundraisers.

DeJoy would subsequently increase bonus payments to make up for those contributions. A DeJoy spokesman did not directly address whether DeJoy had made such arrangements to the Post, but said DeJoy had not run afoul of campaign finance laws.

In a filing with the North Carolina State Board of Elections, lawyers for Common Cause noted the state sets a $5,100 maximum individual donation limit and prohibits donors from giving money either anonymously or under someone else’s name.

The group asked North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, a Democrat, to launch a similar investigation.

“Our state’s campaign finance laws are designed to protect the fundamental integrity of our elections and guard against undue influence by self-serving mega donors and special interests,” Bob Phillips, the executive director of Common Cause North Carolina.

“Violations of these laws undermine public trust in our democracy and must be treated with the utmost seriousness. No one is above the law, no matter the size of their bank account.”

DeJoy, a major Republican donor, was appointed postmaster general by the USPS board of governors earlier this year, despite having no prior experience at the agency. A former governor told Congress last month that DeJoy did not appear to be a serious candidate for the job and struggled to answer questions about the position.

He has faced loud calls for his resignation after reports of widespread mail delays across the country. DeJoy conceded last month that a program he implemented to try and get trucks to run on time had caused delays, but offered few details on what he was doing to fix it. He also said he would not reinstall mail sorting machines that had been removed from post office facilities.

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