American lawmakers actively used budget money, which they themselves allocated to help businesses in times of crisis.
It is reported by the publication Politico.
According to the Small Business Administration, at least 12 Washington politicians took money from the state support program, which was supposed to help businesses avoid firing employees.
Together, companies associated with US lawmakers received at least $11 million. Among the recipients were:
Rick Allen – a member of the House of Representatives from the Republican Party, owns the construction company RW Allen Construction, which received state support in the amount of 350 thousand to 1 million dollars;
Mike Kelly – a member of the House of Representatives from the Republican Party, the owner of several car dealerships, received from 450 thousand to 1 million dollars;
Kevin Hearn – Republican Party House of Representatives, owner of several McDonald’s restaurants with a total of $1 to $2 million;
Markwane Mullin, a member of the Republican Party House of Representatives, led the family plumbing business and raised between $800,000 and $2 million in state aid as part of the Salary Protection Program.
Matt Cartwright is a Democratic member of the House of Representatives; his wife is a partner in her family-owned law firm, Scranton. The company received from 350 thousand to 1 million dollars.
However, Capitol Hill politicians are not the only ones who have used state funds. According to information from the Small Business Administration, the Black Assembly of Congress, an association of black legislators, as well as the Assembly of Latin Americans of Congress received amounts from 350 thousand to 1 million dollars. The Congress Athletes Fund, which supports hunting, fishing and other events, received a similar tranche.
It is worth noting that members of Congress do not have the right to apply for state assistance, therefore, according to company offices, lawmakers had nothing to do with this.
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“But the program’s ties with Congress, most of which were not previously disclosed, raised new questions about the secrecy of the state program worth $670 billion, as well as potential conflicts of interest, as lawmakers are preparing to develop the next package to protect against coronavirus”, – the edition notes.