David Brock’s liberal activist group Media Matters for America has admitted receiving a $ 1 million to $ 2 million loan from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), although it criticizes regularly President Trump and his policies at every turn – including the PPP.
The amount was much higher than the average size of small business loans, as noted by The Washington Free Beacon.
“Although Trump is about to ask Congress for emergency funds to fight the new coronavirus epidemic – after weeks of non-compliance – some public health officials say he will not ask for enough to get the job done, “Media Matters senior researcher Zachary Pleat wrote on February 24 before listing other issues the far left group has discovered with Trump’s handling of the pandemic.
The Treasury Department and the Small Business Administration (SBA) released details of the many PPP beneficiaries on Monday, and eyebrows were raised when Media Matters appeared on the list after the group criticized Trump for asking Congress the money.
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Media Matters has presented itself as a watchdog for “conservative disinformation,” and the group’s talking points are frequently found on liberal-oriented news organizations such as CNN.
American Bridge 21st Century, a far-left super PAC that Brock founded, also argued in a tweet in May that the Trump administration had overlooked P3 funds for small businesses.
A spokesperson for Media Matters confirmed that the group had received a loan, but rejected ties to American Bridge 21st Century, despite the fact that the groups shared an address and a founder.
“As reported by the SBA, Media Matters received a $ 1-2 million PPP loan,” said Laura Keiter, director of communications for Media Matters, at The Free Beacon. “Media Matters and American Bridge are two separate organizations.”
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Brock, a long-time Clinton ally, has spent much of his career fighting the conservatives and the right-wing media. Brock actually started his career as a curator and used extreme rhetoric to attack both sides throughout his stay in the public eye. He once admitted that he lied in a book to try to ruin the credibility of Anita Hill, who accused Supreme Court judge Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. Brock started Media Matters in 2004.
Media Matters has been filled with content that denounces Trump, attacks conservative media organizations, and praises experts such as Don Lemon of CNN and Chris Hayes of MSNBC when they condemn the president.
Despite the group’s contempt for Trump and members of his administration, the organization received the PPP loan.
“The loan represents a significant part of the group’s annual income, which was recorded at $ 11 million in 2017,” reported The Free Beacon, citing tax documents.
“Media Matters is funded by the Alliance for Democracy, one of the largest progressive donor groups in the country,” wrote Free Beacon reporter Alana Goodman.
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Approximately 4.9 million loans have been made under the PPP, and the government has made disclosures to improve transparency. Government officials said the program has helped support more than 51 million jobs to date.
Brittany De Lea of Fox Business contributed to this report.