A number of Koch-linked nonprofits that advocated against federal aid to states and cities facing crushing coronavirus budget deficits received up to $5.4 million in forgivable Paycheck Protection Program loans; additional anti-government spending groups took millions more.
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At least six organizations considered hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center received as much as $5.7 million in forgivable paycheck protection loans.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine already slashed state spending by $775 million, the state faces another $2.4 billion shortfall, and county and municipal governments face staggering deficits due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Koch-funded groups are lobbying to stop a federal government bailout.
The Republican commissioners appeared on a podcast made by True the Vote, a right-wing group that promotes voter roll purges, voter ID laws, and using retired military and police officers as poll watchers in minority precincts.
State Rep. Cindy Abrams proposed a bill on Monday that would make vote-by-mail more difficult and add headaches on Election Day.
Right-wing activists are helping the Trump campaign put together a coalition of doctors that Trump can use to cover for his COVID-19 decisions.
The Council for National Policy, a powerful behind-the-scenes player, has been hosting weekly calls with conservative figures to promote anti-lockdown protests and coordinate policy responses to the coronavirus pandemic.
Cinedigm, which is owned by a Beijing-based private equity firm, received a $2.2 million Paycheck Protection Program loan in April.
Amazon, DonorBox, and Stripe are among the well-known companies that are helping white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups sell goods and raise money, increasing the likelihood that more hate crimes inspired by their ideas will occur.
FreedomWorks and Convention of States Action, both with Koch network ties, have new initiatives to promote state-based protests against COVID-19 social distancing measures.