After a special investigation done by Fox News’s Tucker Carlson and his primetime staff, we’re now learning that nearly forty Planned Parenthood affiliates throughout the country fraudulently applied for and received $80 million in loans from the Paycheck Protection Program passed by Congress to confront the coronavirus pandemic. The Trump administration is now demanding that the abortion company give back the money, seeing as how the affiliates are clearly ineligible for the payments.
The Small Business Administration, which is in charge of dispersing the PPP loans, is currently reaching out to the Planned Parenthood satellites and explaining that, because their parent organization has more than 500 employees, they are not eligible for the stimulus payments.
From Fox News:
The SBA warned more “severe penalties” were possible, beyond mandatory repayment. In particular, incorrect or false eligibility certifications by PPP recipients could result in criminal or civil sanctions if the SBA determined borrowers made knowingly false statements, the SBA letter read.
The letter explained that PPFA affiliates clearly were covered by the PPP affiliate rules. “PPFA’s bylaws, a version of which is publicly available, reveal that becoming a PPFA affiliate requires a certification by the PPFA board,” the document continued. “Once certified, “[e]ach Affiliate shall be governed by written bylaws, which conform to PPFA policies.”
The largest single government loan was a $7.5 million allotment to the Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties in California. One Planned Parenthood affiliate received a loan but declined it.
In a statement, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), the former chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, said that an investigation could easily lead to criminal charges against Planned Parenthood.
“There is no ambiguity in the legislation that passed or public record around its passage that organizations such as Planned Parenthood, whose parent organization has close to half a billion dollars in assets, is not eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program,” Rubio said. “Those funds must be returned immediately. Furthermore, the SBA should open an investigation into how these loans were made in clear violation of the applicable affiliation rules and if Planned Parenthood, the banks, or staff at the SBA knowingly violated the law, all appropriate legal options should be pursued.”
House Democrats, who have been adamant in their opposition to large companies sneaking into the PPP and getting loans meant for smaller businesses, have been utterly silent on Planned Parenthood’s obvious attempt at defrauding the taxpayers.
Imagine our shock.