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Pennsylvania Democrat Matt Cartwright, also has business ties to a company that received a minimum of $350,000

Data: Congress created virus aid, then reaped the benefits

SFGate|24 minutes ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least a dozen lawmakers have ties to organizations that received federal coronavirus aid, according to newly released government data, highlighting how Washington insiders were both author and beneficiary of one of the biggest government programs in U.S. history.

Under pressure from Congress and outside groups, the Trump administration this week disclosed the names of some loan recipients in the $659 billion Paycheck Protection Program, launched in April to help smaller businesses keep Americans employed during the pandemic. Connections to lawmakers, and the organizations that work to influence them, were quickly apparent.

$14M in relief funds find members of Congress and family

Coronavirus aid package buoyed some companies with ties to members

By Paul V. Fontelo

Posted July 8, 2020 at 7:01am

At least $13.7 million in COVID-19 relief funds have gone directly to companies in which members of Congress or their families are owners or employees, according to Small Business Administration data reviewed by CQ Roll Call.

These companies received funds through the Paycheck Protection Program shortly after Congress voted to disperse $3 trillion in a sweeping relief package designed to buoy the U.S. economy as it endures the coronavirus pandemic.

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Pennsylvania Democrat Matt Cartwright, also has business ties to a company that received PPP loans. Scranton law firm Munley Law PC received a minimum of $350,000 in funding. Cartwright’s wife, Marion Munley, is a partner at the firm, where the congressman was also a partner before his successful House bid in 2012.

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Cartwright’s office did not have details on where loans were used aside from public data. Cartwright remains a participant in the law firm’s retirement plan, per his financial disclosure, but does not have ownership or stock in the firm, the spokesperson said.

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