Your reminder that Louis DeJoy was put in a position to gut the USPS through blatant and possibly illegal corruption:
The Justice Department is investigating the postmaster general, Louis DeJoy, over possible violations of campaign finance laws while he was running a company and building a reputation as a top Republican donor, his spokesman said on Thursday.
The investigation focuses on campaign contributions made by people employed by New Breed Logistics, the company in North Carolina that Mr. DeJoy led from 1983 to 2014, before he was appointed postmaster general a little over a year ago during the administration of President Donald J. Trump. Mr. DeJoy was a leading donor to Mr. Trump in the 2016 campaign.
The Washington Post, which reported the existence of the federal investigation into Mr. DeJoy on Thursday, reported last year that some New Breed Logistics employees believed that Mr. DeJoy and others close to him had pressured them to contribute to Republican candidates.
Some of them told The Post and The New York Times last year that senior officials at the company had suggested that the company would provide bonuses to employees who made contributions. Three employees told The Times then that it was widely believed that the bonuses were meant to reimburse the political donations.
Campaign finance records shows that over a dozen management-level employees at New Breed would routinely donate to the same candidate on the same day, often writing checks for an identical amount of money.
One day in October 2014, for example, 20 midlevel and senior officials at the company donated a total of $37,600 to the campaign of Senator Thom Tillis, Republican of North Carolina, who was running to unseat a Democratic incumbent. Each official wrote a check for either $2,600, the maximum allowable donation, or $1,000.
Of course, successful prosecutions of such crimes are very difficult, no matter how damning the underlying evidence, for an obvious reason:
/2 In general, ignorance of the law is no excuse and intent to violate the law is not required. However, the more likely it is that legislators believe people violating the law will look like me or DeJoy, the more likely the law will have elaborate mental state requirements.— LolWhatInsurrectionHat (@Popehat) June 3, 2021