Trump Friends and Family Cleared for Millions in Small Business Bailout - 2020-07-06

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F0.png Trump Friends and Family Cleared for Millions in Small Business Bailout July 6, 2020, Jack Gillum, ProPublica

Businesses tied to President Donald Trump's family and associates stand to receive as much as $21 million in government loans designed to shore up payroll expenses for companies struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to federal data released Monday.

A hydroponic lettuce farm backed by Trump's eldest son, Donald Jr., applied for at least $150,000 in Small Business Administration funding. Albert Hazzouri, a dentist frequently spotted at Mar-a-Lago, asked for a similar amount. A hospital run by Maria Ryan, a close associate of Trump lawyer and former mayor Rudy Giuliani, requested more than $5 million. Several companies connected to the president's son-in-law and White House adviser, Jared Kushner, could get upward of $6 million.

There's no ban on businesses connected to Trump's orbit receiving money. Democrats added a provision to the CARES Act excluding government officials and their family members from receiving some bailout funds, but not those from the PPP.

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{{cite news | first = Jack | last = Gillum | author2 = Isaac Arnsdorf; Jake Pearson; Mike Spies | title = Trump Friends and Family Cleared for Millions in Small Business Bailout | url = https://www.propublica.org/article/trump-friends-and-family-cleared-for-millions-in-small-business-bailout | work = ProPublica | date = July 6, 2020 | accessdate = July 7, 2020 }}