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9.8.20

MUST READ: Charlotte Observer Editorial Board Slams Tillis For Failure To Speak Out Against Straw Donor Scheme That Helped Him Rake In Tens Of Thousands Of Dollars

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

  • 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. DeJoy denied doing so in U.S. House testimony last month, calling it a “outrageous lie.” He needs to respond to his former HR director’s on-the-record accusation.
  • One of the big beneficiaries of the questionable fundraising? Thom Tillis, now running for re-election to the U.S. Senate. According to the Times, 20 midlevel and senior officials at New Breed donated a total of $37,600 to the Tillis campaign on the same day in October 2014. Each official wrote a check for either $2,600, the maximum allowable donation, or $1,000. The Post reports that Tillis campaign committees collected nearly $300,000 from people at the company in 2014, when Tillis ran to unseat Democrat Kay Hagan.
  • 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. (DeJoy also said under oath that he hasn’t cut overtime at USPS, which reports have contradicted.)
  • Certainly, undeserved appointments are not a Republican phenomenon, and neither is money’s outsized influence on politics. But while DeJoy’s potential exploitation of the system is not surprising, it may be illegal. Both Democrats and Republicans – including and especially Thom Tillis – should call for DeJoy to explain the troubling contributions. If he is unable to do so, he should resign.