New calls went up for Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to be fired from his job Sunday after it was reported that former employees of the GOP megadonor and logistics executive now running the U.S. Postal Service reimbursed workers at the company for donations they made to the Republican Party at his behest—an arrangement that would be illegal under both state and federal campaign finance laws.\r\n\r\n\u0022Add Trump\u0026#039;s crony DeJoy to the list of allies who should be indicted. This is against the law and DeJoy must be fired.\u0022\r\n—Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.)\r\n\r\nThe arrangement with former employees at his company, New Breed Logistics, was first reported by the Washington Post on Sunday.\r\n\r\nAlong with other employees who confirmed the story but requested anonymity for fear of reprisal from DeJoy, the Post spoke with David Young, longtime human resources director for DeJoy who is now retired but had access to payroll records from the 1990s up until 2013.\r\n\r\n\u0022Louis was a national fundraiser for the Republican Party. He asked employees for money. We gave him the money, and then he reciprocated by giving us big bonuses,\u0022 Young explained to the newspaper. \u0022When we got our bonuses, let\u0026#039;s just say they were bigger, they exceeded expectations—and that covered the tax and everything else.\u0022\r\n\r\nOne of the unnamed employees said DeJoy \u0022would ask employees to make contributions at the same time that he would say, \u0026#039;I\u0026#039;ll get it back to you down the road.\u0026#039;\u0022 That kind of arrangement, the Post explained \u0022would be unlawful.\u0022\r\n\r\nResponding to the Post\u0026#039;s reporting, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called for an urgent probe into the matter.\r\n\r\n\u0022These are very serious allegations that must be investigated immediately, independent of Donald Trump\u0026#039;s Justice Department,\u0022 Schumer said in a statement Sunday evening. \u0022The North Carolina Attorney General, an elected official who is independent of Donald Trump, is the right person to start this investigation.\u0022\r\n\r\nMonty Hagler, a spokesperson for DeJoy, told the Post that the Postmaster General—a major donor to the GOP and President Donald Trump who has been at the center of intense controversy since taking over at the Postal Service and been accused of trying to sabotage from the within the agency he has been charged with leading—was not aware that any of his former employees had felt pressured to make donations. DeJoy, Hagler added, \u0022believes that he has always followed campaign fundraising laws and regulations.\u0022\r\n\r\nAs labor experts like Steven Greenhouse point out, if DeJoy was laundering political giving to the Republic Party through employees at his company, it would be a criminal violation of federal election laws.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nBreaking -- Postmaster General Louis DeJoy\u0026#039;s rise as a GOP fundraising powerhouse was fueled by his urging his employees to donate to the GOP -- and then he illegally reimbursed them for those donations. https://t.co/XqU56Dc0sf\r\n— Steven Greenhouse (@greenhousenyt) September 6, 2020\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022This, if true, is a big no-no,\u0022 tweeted Blake Hounshell, Politico\u0026#039;s editorial digital director, in response to the story. If proven accurate, said independent journalist Judd Legum, \u0022DeJoy blatantly violated federal law.\u0022\r\n\r\nRep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), chair of the subcommittee on Government Operations which has oversight over the USPS, said such behavior would be reason to have DeJoy removed from his powerful post.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAdd Trump’s crony DeJoy to the list of allies who should be indicted. This is against the law and DeJoy must be fired. https://t.co/f6YRAyZUk1\r\n— Rep. Gerry Connolly (@GerryConnolly) September 6, 2020\r\n\r\n\r\nAccording to the Post:\r\n\r\n\r\nAlthough it can be permissible to encourage employees to make donations, reimbursing them for those contributions is a violation of North Carolina and federal election laws. Known as a straw-donor scheme, the practice allows donors to evade individual contribution limits and obscures the true source of money used to influence elections.\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nSuch federal violations carry a five-year statute of limitations. There is no statute of limitations in North Carolina for felonies, including campaign finance violations.\r\n\r\n\r\nDuring sworn testimony before the House in August, Dejoy was specifically asked by Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) if he had ever reimbursed executives at his company for donations they gave to Trump\u0026#039;s campaign. Not only did Dejoy say that he had not, he called the question \u0022outrageous.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nDuring his testimony, DeJoy was asked by Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) if he had repaid executives for making donations to the Trump campaign. “That’s an outrageous claim, sir, and I resent it. . . . The answer is no,” DeJoy responded angrily. https://t.co/DJAQJklZRB\r\n— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) September 6, 2020\r\n\r\n\r\nSanho Tree, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., said it appears as though what DeJoy is alleged to have done is the same \u0022straw donor crime\u0022 that right-wing political operative Dinesh D\u0026#039;Souza \u0022was convicted of—and for which Trump pardoned him.\u0022 In 2014, D\u0026#039;Souza pleaded guilty to one felony charge over the incident and was sentenced to eight months in a halfway house and fined $30,000. Trump pardoned D\u0026#039;Souza for the crime in 2018.\r\n\r\n\u0022What is alleged here—\u0022straw\u0022 donations— is not a minor violation,\u0022 said political columnist Karen Tumulty. \u0022Many people have faced prison for this.\u0022\r\n\r\nNote: This piece was updated from its original to include additional comment from Sen. Chuck Schumer.