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Pat McCrory’s New-Old Straw Donor Scandal

McCrory may not have gotten Trump’s endorsement, but he’s nevertheless making waves in North Carolina’s GOP primary with a still-developing illegal straw donor scandal that’s blowing up in his face

It’s no Trump endorsement, but Pat McCrory is finally distinguishing himself in North Carolina’s nasty GOP Senate primary — with new updates to his ongoing straw donor scandal that ties in under-FBI-investigation Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. 

Yesterday, new evidence emerged that DeJoy reimbursed a number of his former employees for campaign donations they made to Pat McCrory during his run for governor in North Carolina. 

It is an illegal campaign finance violation to funnel donations through straw donors and nonpartisan campaign finance watchdog Common Cause NC’s new report reveals that DeJoy’s employees made suspicious donations to McCrory’s gubernatorial campaigns in both 2013 and 2016. Then-Gov. McCrory rewarded DeJoy by appointing his wife to serve as DHHS Secretary.

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“Pat McCrory calls himself a political outsider, but he is a longtime political insider who’s still in the pocket of his elite billionaire donors and actively immersed in a still-developing corruption scandal,” said American Bridge 21st Century spokesperson Brad Bainum.

Before it was revealed that DeJoy asked employees to make political donations to candidates he supported, the GOP mega-donor’s prolific campaign fundraising bought him a spot in Donald Trump’s administration as head of the U.S. Postal Service. And previous reporting found that more than 120 individuals who worked for DeJoy gave over $1 million to federal and state GOP candidates, including McCrory in North Carolina.