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Since the Washington Post and New York Times this weekend reported that Senator Tillis was “one of the biggest beneficiaries of” an alleged straw donor scheme run by his donor, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, Tillis has refused to denounce the illegal scheme. Now he is under fire in a new Charlotte Observer Editorial which says,“Both Democrats and Republicans – including and especially Thom Tillis – should call for DeJoy to explain the troubling contributions.”
The editorial underscored the severity of the alleged scheme that benefited Tillis: “Such straw-man schemes are a violation of campaign finance laws, which prohibit individuals or companies from getting around contribution limits by repaying others to donate instead.”
Beyond refusing to denounce the illegal scheme which helped Tillis rake in tens of thousands of dollars for his campaigns, Tillis has failed to demand answers from DeJoy as he’s made cuts and rollbacks to the USPS which have led to major mail delivery delays and have especially hurt veterans who rely on the postal service for their prescription medication.
The Editorial Board writes: “Perhaps more concerning is the senator’s apparent reluctance to criticize his benefactor for postal delays that have resulted from DeJoy’s draconian measures to cut USPS costs. Nor has Tillis raised questions about DeJoy’s troubling House testimony.”
Cal Cunningham has called on Senator Tillis to condemn the findings and return the donations in question saying: “North Carolinians know political corruption when we see it. This news and the tens of thousands in donations Senator Tillis has taken from DeJoy offer a clear explanation for Tillis’ defense of DeJoy.”
Read more below from the Charlotte Observer.
Charlotte Observer: Thom Tillis is tangled in a new campaign scandal. What should he have known?
By The Editorial Board – September 8, 2020