Ohio Republicans: Huge Moral Hazard, Democratic Party Borrowed From PPP

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Some dogs have returned to Playful Pets dog daycare in Franklinton, who is still reeling from the coronavirus. Playful Pets owner Steve Faulkner said when the Ohio stay-at-home order went into effect his business went into survival mode. Faulkner thanks the Federal Paycheck Protection Program for helping him keep his employees on the payroll.

“This money is for hard-working families,” Faulkner said. “This is how I used this money, this is how others have used this money and this is the purpose of this one.”

Faulkner joined Republican leaders in Ohio on Wednesday in denouncing the Ohio Democratic Party (ODP) for receiving more than $ 333,000 in loan funds from the Paycheck Protection Program.

Ohio Republican Party President Jane Timken said it was “incredibly wrong” for a political party to accept forgivable loan funds.

“They should return that money,” Timken said. “It is unethical and most likely illegal for them to do this. This money was intended for small businesses, not for political campaigning. They should return the money.

The Paycheque Protection Program was designed to help small businesses and nonprofits pay their employees during the pandemic. PPP loans will be largely canceled if the funds were used to maintain the wage bill.

The ODP said the funds were used to keep the employees on the payroll.

Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Hilliard) said the ODP may have violated the law. He said the law does not include political organizations among those eligible for PPP funds.

“I don’t see how that would be legal,” Stivers said. “It’s a huge, huge moral hazard to allow taxpayer dollars to subsidize one political party against another and I hope they are doing the right thing.

The Paycheque Protection Program remains open for applications until August 8. The Small Business Administration says more than 4.9 million loans have been made to support more than 51 million jobs in businesses, industries and nonprofits of all kinds. The average loan amount is around $ 100,000.

Ohio Democratic Party spokesperson Kirstin Alvanitakis made the following statement:

“The Ohio GOP is clearly desperate to deflect attention from the coronavirus crisis, which is spiraling out of control, and the astonishing corruption and incompetence of Donald Trump. But dismissing baseless allegations – when prominent Ohio GOP lobbying firms and political operatives paid by Steve Stivers have benefited from P3 loans – is simply unwise.

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