GOP calls for responses to Florida Democrats’ PPP loan
TALLAHASSEE, Florida –Despite repeated appeals from news outlets and the GOP, the Florida Democratic Party has so far refused to release its request for a payroll protection loan.
Political parties were supposed to be excluded from the P3 loan program, but Democrats got at least $ 780,000. Now the GOP is asking the Small Business Administration to release this information.
A Fox News Channel ad in the Washington DC area asks a straightforward question, “How did all this taxpayer money go to Democratic campaigns?” “
Among other things, the announcement also calls on the Small Business Administration to release the PPP loan application that allowed the Democratic Party to receive funds that were supposed to go to small businesses.
US Representative Michael Waltz, R-Fla. said he and others were pushing for the release of those details. “Who filled out the request, who got around the law? Waltz wondered.
This week, we asked Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, the only democrat elected statewide, whether or not this request should be released.
“I am satisfied with the information given to me,” Fried said.
Fried rejected the calls for additional information.
“Political tactics used by the Republican Party, and that’s all there is at this point,” she said.
“Apparently it went through a construction fund,” Waltz said.
The ad claims the construction fund has no employees. He then suggests that Democrats list party employees, whom he calls illegal.
“I’m sure Nikki Fried would demand the same if a Republican political entity had done the same,” Waltz said. “At the end of the day, there has to be accountability and there has to be transparency.”
There are also calls for a Small Business Administration investigation into the loan and whether or not it was actually paid off, as Democrats have said.
In documents, Democrats show they are repaying the money to a different bank than the one that issued the loan.
We asked the SBA for the status of the loan, but received no response. We’ve also asked the Florida Democratic Party why they aren’t releasing the app, but we haven’t heard back from them yet.
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