As much as $273 million in federal coronavirus aid was awarded to more than 100 companies, owned or operated by major donors aiming for the Republican’s reelection in the 2020 presidential election, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.
They received the so-called aid through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
“The PPP was a huge success and saved 51 million American jobs, including at Joe Biden’s old law firm and many companies associated with Obama Administration alums,” said Trump campaign spokeswoman Samantha Zager. “When the rent or mortgage was due, tens of millions of Americans kept receiving paychecks thanks to President Trump’s leadership.”
Trump has been taking credit for his administration’s highly criticized response to the pandemic.
“When you don’t have proper safeguards, such as timely disclosure and effective inspectors general, then all these things look more suspicious and raise more questions,” said Larry Noble, a former general counsel at the Federal Election Commission. “When you see these people getting assistance quickly and they have contributed to the campaign, then it is going to raise questions.”