37 Planned Parenthood affiliates applied for and received a total of $80 million in loans from the Paycheck Protection Program created to assist with Coronavirus shutdowns.
According to Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight, the Small Business Administration is reaching out to each involved Planned Parenthood affiliate explaining that affiliates of larger organizations with more than 500 employees aren't eligible for PPP distributions.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla) says the money needs to be returned.
“They do not qualify. So they need to return the money. And if they did this knowingly, they need to be held accountable,” Rubio told Fox & Friends on Wednesday.
“So, they just don't qualify for it. There's something called affiliation rules, and that is that there's some independence between an affiliate and a parent company. Then they're each of these companies are allowed to each affiliate is allowed to apply on their own.
In this particular case, in order to be a Planned Parenthood affiliate, you have to get approval of the parent board, the one that's located here in Washington, D.C. A parent board or a parent organization that is sitting on according to their own numbers, in 2018, close to half a billion dollars in net assets. Half a billion dollars in net assets to a large, well-funded organization in Washington, D.C., who has to who controls the operation of these affiliates. They just don't qualify under the affiliate rules. It's as simple as that. Leave aside all the other issues. They do not qualify, ” Rubio said.