Postmaster General donated nearly $700,000 to Trump's Charlotte convention, new filings show
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who has faced intense scrutiny from Democrats over changes he has made to the US Postal Service, donated more than $685,000 to the host committee that worked to stage the Republican National Convention, new filings show.Posted — Updated
The new filings Friday at the Federal Election Commission from the Charlotte Host Committee show four donations from DeJoy between late December 2018 and late March 2020, totaling $685,230.
DeJoy and the Trump campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Convention host committees are nonprofit organizations that rely on donations from corporations and individuals to support the splashy quadrennial events for each political party and highlight the communities in which the conventions are based. The fundraising and planning starts years before the actual events.
In the end, Trump accepted his party's nomination from the South Lawn of the White House -- bending norms about the use of federal property for politicking.
In all, the Charlotte committee took in more than $44 million and spent more than $38 million.
Other large corporate donors included Charlotte-based companies Bank of America at more than $5.2 million and Duke Energy at $4 million. AT&T donated $1 million to the host committee, the filings show. CNN is owned by AT&T through its WarnerMedia arm.
At the time, a spokesman for DeJoy said he received legal counsel from a former Federal Election Commission official to ensure he and the company were complying with the law.
DeJoy serves under the board of governors and is not a presidential appointee. However, the board is currently all Trump appointees. There are several vacancies, and many of the current members' terms expire in 2021 and 2022.
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