USPS Stealing Campaign Funds

USPS Stealing Campaign Funds

USPS Stealing Campaign Funds

Elise Stefanik, Representative for New York’s 21st congressional district since 2015, claims USPS workers are stealing campaign funds.

On four separate instances, starting in June, a total of $20,000 in campaign funds were stolen. Between the months of June and November and on four separate occasions, packed envelopes were ripped open, and checks were taken out. As a matter of fact, three of those occurrences took place within a week.

In the meantime, a letter from the USPS to Stefanik’s campaign confirms they were the target of theft at a USPS shipping center. Whether it is a USPS employee or a contractor, no one knows.

Stefanik’s campaign also says that the U.S. postal police have failed to elevate the matter, even after senior campaign officials reached out, and that the USPS has yet to file their mandatory congressional report on the issue. – FOX NEWS

So, we have  Twitter swaying elections and Chinese TikTok gathering U.S. citizen information that God only knows what they do with. And now we have the USPS stealing campaign funds. What is going on here?

To be fair, people stealing mail is nothing new. But certainly, it is escalating.

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NBC10 in Philadelphia doggedly reported on strange new attacks on mail carriers and the blue mailboxes being broken into.

Mail theft has elevated, for sure, in the last few years. Our new COVID-lifestyle is a contributing factor, no doubt. The crime of mail theft has intensified as the bandits advance into organized crime rings.

It isn’t as simple as driving by a residential mailbox to reach in and steal someone’s mail anymore. Criminals are organizing and even mail carriers are being attacked.


There is photo evidence and a return letter from Stefanik to the Postmaster General, Louis Dejoy, inquiring why his agency has not elevated the matter.

This is, of course, upsetting because not only is the theft alarming, but it also means that donors’ identities are in danger of being stolen.

Congresswoman Stefanik and her campaign supporters are not the only Americans who have been victimized by mail theft. Mail theft is rampant in the United States, and USPS appears unwilling or unable to effectively deter or prevent it. –MSN

While USPS is still investigating the thefts, they say it could take a long time and may not even be able to identify the culprit(s). An understandably frustrated Stefanik wants an update on the investigation, and she’s giving the Postmaster General until December 8th to provide one.

What Now?

Some may say, “So what? It’s just $20,000, a drop in the bucket to politicians.” I say that’s a piss poor attitude to have.

Are Republicans being targeted? This is a fair question due to the cybernetic mayhem we find ourselves in lately.

I think a better question may be, Do we even still need the USPS? Honestly, it is something I have not really thought about until reading this story. I have no idea what that would look like.

The first thing to ponder would be what would all the USPS employees do if we did do away with the time-worn service? Probably the same thing coal miners were told to do, go learn to program.

Well, maybe we should not be that drastic. The scuttlebutt on the street is that Trump-appointed Postmaster General, Louis Dejoy, is on his way out anyway. That’ll fix it, right?

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  • Skillyboo says:

    Ponder this. You are leftist leaning student at an out of state university, say Georgia, and live off campus. You register to vote in that state and vote by absentee ballot. You then move to another state after graduation but do not inform the Registrar of Voters in Georgia that you’ve moved yet keep filing for that absentee ballot and do the same in your new state. Now lets say that the letter carrier for the route you lived on captures all those requested ballots and hands them off to someone to fill out.
    Knowing the inner workings of the post office, 26 year employee, I believe it is a feasible possibility. But then again I’m a conspiracy theorist who believes that social media conspires against conservatives. Say, didn’t Elon Musk just prove that?

  • Cameron says:

    Remember when the Marine Corps was used to protect the mail and the standing orders were “no warning shots”? I think that might be a good system to apply.

  • John Holton says:

    Right now, the USPS has a monopoly on first-class mail. They’re using some of the money they get from that to prop up their package delivery business, so they can compete with UPS and FedEx. Spin them off as a private company and make them compete with UPS and FedEx for the first-class mail. Our tax dollars still support them as long as they’re run by the government.

  • Roberto J Hamworth Jr says:

    There was a time, several decades ago, when urban areas received two mail deliveries per day. Now, it seems, we are supposed to express our gratitude for receiving one because “it’s so difficult.”

    Any number of ideas and proposals for reducing mail cost, and improving service, have been floated in recent years but always high among them is “introduce competition.” One of the problems cited with the introduction of competition is non-USPS entities will “cherry pick” – go for the cheaper-to-service urban areas and leave expensive-to-service rural areas to the USPS.

    Any organization which operates behind economic firewalls tends to become very set in its ways, GM/Ford/Chrysler in the ’80s and IBM in the ’90s. I suspect a USPS competitor or three taking over a few large urban areas which results in the discharge of 10-20,000 USPS employees might force needed system-wide changes.

    UPS, FedEx, DHL and Amazon delivery systems are very good but not perfect by any means, and as private companies their internal machinations are not open to observation and examination; then again, it seems USPS operations aren’t either, well camoflaged by an impenetrable bureaucracy. I suspect a critical component of any USPS replacement must be “fully transparent operations,” as misused as “transparency” has become (it now means “we’ll tell you what we want you to know and you’ll be happy about it.”).

    One thing I haven’t seen much of RE: USPS improvements is the idea of multi-tier service, a la FedEx Express vs FedEx Ground, as one example (UPS and DHL also have multi-tier service offerings). For one example, a standard #10 envelope with a printed routing barcode to enable fully automated handling down to the proverbial Last Mile gets top level service, everything else gets one of several lower service levels (it’s significant that FedEx,UPS, DHL and Amazon have put no small amount of effort, and money, into as much automation as they can; USPS has made efforts in automation, but with no Greater Reward at the End of the Rainbow (aka “greater market share”) it’s been limited.

    Employment procedures are also an issue: screw up at one of the private services and you’ll get fired post haste; screw up at USPS and you get multiple hearings, maybe simply some “counseling,” and, at worst, probably just a transfer to a different post. “Accountability in employment” needs to be one of the first USPS changes implemented, but that would require, first, de-unionization, then a function-wide transformation of working conditions and, almost certainly, massive management replacement.

    USPS is probably one of those societal conditions which will receive no correction until well past the Apocolyptic Total Collapse.

    • Jack Sovia says:

      Not true. FEDEX and UPS are watchdogs in that regard. There is much oversight pertaining to rates being charged for each class of mail and packages. The two competitors would be crying foul if what you allege was true.

  • Marcus Donahue says:

    1. Tax dollars do not support the USPS. With the exception of Franking privileges and Matter for the Blind. By law, the USPS must set rates to “break even” over a period of time. The massive shortfalls were due to Congress mandating that USPS set aside money to pay retirees health insurance and other benefits IIRC for all existing career craft employees. No other business does this.
    2. Do not think I am defending the USPS. I was with them for 15 years, mostly in management and five as a Postmaster and: the Unions have a stranglehold on the Service — it is virtually impossible to fire someone. The first arbitration case I handled for the Service I managed to finally fire a letter carrier who just failed to show up for work more than a few days a month. If the volume of mail indicated that a specific letter carrier could breeze through his route and perhaps cover a portion of a route that was vacant for the day — he’d turn in a request for 2 hours Overtime on his own route! The only way to combat it would be to follow him the whole day and neglect every other part of your duties and other carriers and even then, you’d have grievances and EEOs filed against you for discrimination and harassment.
    3. Management was no better. While there were many line supervisors and even some higher ups that worked hard, most of the managers and postmasters did as little as possible.
    Lastly, the point another commenter made earlier was that if you broke up the USPS, the other carriers would cherry pick and rural routes would still have to be serviced by the USPS. FedEx came about by the failure of the USPS to get letters from one point to another quickly. When they finally introduced Express Mail, I pointed out that customers did not care if it was cheaper — and that the guarantee was worthless: your money back if not delivered in the time promised. Customers wanted it delivered in the time promised, not late for free!
    The Constitution “mandates” the Postal Service. Not in its current state of course, but Congress listens to the people who want six day a week delivery.

  • Marcus Donahue says:

    BTW, statute requires each type of USPS mail class to support only itself (and not the others). FCM does not support Express, Priority or parcel delivery.

    • Jack Sovia says:

      An aside regarding franked and Matter for the Blind mail. These classes were instituted back in 1971, I believe, because Congress wanted them. Congress was supposed to reimburse USPS each year for the difference in cost of standard or first class mail revenue lost because of it being ‘free’ or very reduced cost. To date Congress has yet to reimburse USPS for even one year. Subtract that lost revenue from the deficit USPS incurs and it would drop by several hundred million. BTW I’m a 27 year USPS employee and retired PM.

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