The Paycheck Protection Program disbursed $18.48 billion to 147,868 recipients in Ohio, according to U.S. Small Business Administration data gathered by the nonprofit government watchdog organization, Accountable.US.

Carolyn Ciccone, the Executive Director of Accountable.US, used the data they gathered to created the Covid Bailout Tracker, which makes it easier to figure out how taxpayers’ dollars were spent. Ciccone said it is critical to hold the U.S. government accountable for how it distributed pandemic relief funds.

“We need to make sure that there is more vetting, more transparency, and that taxpayers learn as much about these programs as possible,” Ciccone said.

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