Data: Congress created virus aid, then reaped the benefits

Data: Congress created virus aid, then reaped the benefits

Matthew Daly and Brian Slodysko, Associated PressUpdated 

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  • FILE - In this July 2, 2020, file photo House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. At least 10 lawmakers and three congressional caucuses have ties to organizations that received federal coronavirus aid, according to government data released this week. Among businesses that received money was a hotel partially owned by the husband of Pelosi. Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta, AP / Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta, APIMAGE 1 OF 8FILE – In this July 2, 2020, file photo House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. At least 10 lawmakers and three congressional caucuses have ties to … more

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.

Among businesses that received money was a California hotel partially owned by the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as well as a shipping business started by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s family. Chao is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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