WASHINGTON, D.C. – An enormous new tranche of data released this week by the Small Business Administration (SBA) of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan details revealed that Immanuel Christian School — a religious, loudly anti-LGBTQ school with ties to the Second Lady — received a hefty $725,000 loan. The school, where Karen Pence took a part-time art teaching job last year, requires potential employees to disavow same-sex marriage and transgender identity to be eligible.
While the PPP was intended to serve as a lifeline for businesses struggling to hang on through the ongoing economic crisis, the Trump administration’s flawed design and implementation of the program quickly led to large, well-connected businesses and fraudsters running away with funds as many small businesses — especially in communities of color — were shut out.
It is shameful that an institution that discriminates against LGBT Americans received nearly $1 million in taxpayer funds. This money was meant to help mom and pop small businesses meet payroll and keep the lights on — instead the wealthy and well-connected cashed in.”