New analysis identified a number of direct selling companies – which frequently engage in predatory multi-level marketing practices – that raked in over $106 million in forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. Several of these beneficiaries have been warned by the Federal Trade Commission about making unlawful claims regarding the health benefits of their products in treating COVID-19 and the amount of money their participants could make. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of small businesses in communities of color were shut out of the PPP under the Trump SBA’s poorly designed and managed program.

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