Former employees of United States Postal Service chief Louis DeJoy say he pressured them to make political donations. The businessman rewarded workers with bonuses that reimbursed and rewarded them, according to a new report.

Five former employees of DeJoy’s New Breed Logistics told The Washington Post that they were told to make donations and attend fundraisers for Republican politicians. Two others, both familiar with the company’s finances, said DeJoy arranged for bonuses to be made for anyone who donated, which is illegal.

“Louis 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,” retiree David Young, who was the longtime director of human resources at New Breed, said. “When we got our bonuses, let’s just say they were bigger, they exceeded expectations — and that covered the tax and everything else.”

A spokesperson said DeJoy “believes that he has always followed campaign fundraising laws and regulations.”

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein released a statement shortly after the report was published Sunday.

“It is against the law to directly or indirectly reimburse someone for a political contribution,” Stein said. “Any credible allegations of such actions merit investigation by the appropriate state and federal authorities. Beyond this, it would be inappropriate for me as Attorney General to comment on any specific matter at this time.”

New Breed Logistics was eventually bought by XPO Logistics, in which DeJoy currently has a $30 million stake. The New York Times reported last week that the USPS is paying XPO much more since DeJoy was instated as top boss.

“The Postal Service paid XPO Logistics and its subsidiaries about $14 million over the past 10 weeks, compared with $3.4 million during the same time frame in 2019 and $4.7 million in 2018,” NYT reported on Sept. 2.

Louis DeJoy Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testifies during a hearing before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Aug. 24, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photo: Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images