Longtime ally to Trump's postal chief was paid by RNC
Tuesday, 22 September 2020
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former executive who worked in the private sector for Postmaster General Louis DeJoy was recently paid by President Donald Trump's reelection 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 immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday.
A Republican official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the details of Hauck's work said he was hired to help the party organize campaign events in North Carolina. The official also noted that he has helped Republicans with fundraising for years.
Hauck worked for DeJoy at New Breed's North Carolina headquarters for over a decade and donated over $45,000 to candidates DeJoy supported between 2002 and 2014, when the business was sold, record show.
His contributions were part of more than $1.7 million that DeJoy and his employees steered to Republican candidates for federal and state office during those years, campaign finance disclosures show.
He drew scrutiny after taking a leave of absence from New Breed to assist DeJoy’s wife, Aldona Wos, who was appointed in 2013 to lead...
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