“On the Holmes Front,” with Frank Holmes
One of the leading donors to the Democratic Party received tens of millions of dollars in federal stimulus funding illegally, several federal lawmakers say.
Planned Parenthood cashed $80 million in government bailout checks, even though it didn’t really need it.
It didn’t qualify for the Paycheck Protection Program … yet it used the money anyway.
And Republican leadership is out to hold Planned Parenthood responsible.
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Under law, businesses were only supposed to get federal stimulus funds if they had less than 500 employees. Planned Parenthood pays an estimated 1,200 people …
Still, “loans”were written out to 37 separate state affiliates of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America — loans that never have to be paid back.
One state office, in California, raked in $7.5 million in loans. Its affiliate in the nation’s capital—Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Inc.—received $1,328,000.
And Democrats had no problem letting Planned Parenthood raid this program intended to keep small businesses afloat, even though PPFA is sitting on $2.2 billion of assets, according to its most recent annual report.
“Planned Parenthood fraudulently taking tens of millions of dollars that were intended to help keep those small businesses and nonprofit organizations afloat cannot stand and must be addressed,” said 27 Republican senators in a letter to Attorney General William Barr.
“They just don’t qualify under the affiliate rules,” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told Fox News this week. “It’s as simple as that.”
“They need to return the money and if they did this knowingly, they need to be held accountable,” he said.
Planned Parenthood even seemed to admit it wasn’t eligible, saying in a press release that the CARES Act “gives the Small Business Administration broad discretion to exclude Planned Parenthood affiliates.”
27 Republicans want Planned Parenthood speaking out on the issue.
“Fraudulent loan applications can trigger both civil and criminal penalties,” they reminded AG Barr.
That’s not enough for Rubio. He wants Barr to investigate the Deep State officials who OK’d the loan, too.
“A legitimate question is, how did this get through the SBA? How did somebody at SBA approve this, knowing that it violated the affiliation rules?” Rubio asked.
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“The SBA should open an investigation into how these loans were made in clear violation of the applicable affiliation rules and if Planned Parenthood, the banks, or staff at the SBA knowingly violated the law, all appropriate legal options should be pursued,” he said.
For once, he’s not alone. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., threatened anyone who knowingly broke the law with prosecution and jail time.
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) May 20, 2020
He has strong American support. Pro-life leader Lila Rose of Live Action asked Americans to “call the White House at 202-456-1414 and tell President Trump to shut down Planned Parenthood” over the fraud.
“They must be defunded and held to account for their crimes,” she said in an e-mail to her followers.
Planned Parenthood has skated through dozens of scandals, because of its cozy relationship with the Democratic Party. Planned Parenthood announced it plans to spend $45 million in the 2020 election to defeat Donald Trump. Its “We Decide 2020” campaign includes TV ads, digital online spots, and old fashioned door knocking in nine swing states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
That $45 million haul is unprecedented for Planned Parenthood –– more than it spent in the last three election cycles combined. Planned Parenthood, and its associated PACs, employees and their families spent $38 million by comparison since 2012.
For Democrats, it’s not so much a donation as an investment.
True, $45 million makes a huge campaign war chest — but even still it’s a drop in the bucket compared to the money Planned Parenthood collects from Democratic lawmakers. Planned Parenthood took home a record-breaking $617 million in U.S. taxpayer funding in the fiscal year ending June 2019. It also performed more abortions than any time in its history: 345,672.
Now, it’s got its hand in the till to claw back at least $80 million in fraudulent money.
But it’s going to face opposition this time. The pro-life Susan B. Anthony List has committed $52 million—that it raised from donors, not the federal government—to re-elect Donald Trump in 2020.
“Across the country, Planned Parenthood refused to cease its abortion operation in the wake of the pandemic, hoarding personal protective equipment and putting its staff and women at risk. It is rich that they, in turn, feel entitled to taxpayer dollars meant to help businesses in need,” the group said in a statement.
“We thank President Trump for his strong commitment to stop taxpayer funding of abortion and abortionists like Planned Parenthood.”
Frank Holmes is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”