Lobbyists, law firms and trade groups have taken out loans to small businesses
A New York City shipping company owned by the family of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, received at least $ 350,000, the data showed. A person who knows the company, First group, said the loan was less than $ 500,000 and no employees were made redundant during the pandemic. Ms. Chao has no formal affiliation or participation in the company. In 2008, she and Mr. McConnell received millions of dollars in gifts from her father, James, who ran the company until 2018.
Many of the largest and most influential lobbying and policy consulting firms have received money – despite bans aimed at restricting access – most likely qualifying by highlighting industries that did not fall within the restrictions.
Wiley Rein, who has a large lobbying practice focused on trade issues, received between $ 5 million and $ 10 million, according to the data. Van Ness Feldman and Beveridge & Diamond, two law firms that focus on helping energy clients advance their programs in Washington, have received loans between $ 2 million and $ 5 million, according to the ‘administration.
A company that raises funds for Mr. Trump’s re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee have received a loan of more than $ 1 million, according to the data set, while a company that produces the political ads from Mr. Trump received between $ 350,000 and $ 1 million. So did a consulting firm started by former President Barack Obama’s campaign manager Jim Messina, and one the Hillary Clinton 2008 campaign paid for communications advice.
Several companies that advise companies on how to deal with the government, but are not officially registered to lobby, have also reportedly received loans. These include companies headed by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who served in the Clinton administration.
The administration has listed loans worth between $ 350,000 and $ 1 million to a consulting firm set up by former Senator William S. Cohen, a Republican from Maine who also served in the Clinton administration in as Secretary of Defense, and headed by a Bush Homeland Security Secretary. administration, Michael Chertoff. And DCI Group AZ, a leading political and corporate advisory firm, has raised up to $ 5 million.
An affiliate of Americans for Tax Reform, the influential Conservative group that has strongly criticized government spending, received between $ 150,000 and $ 350,000, according to government data. In a statement, the group said the foundation “has been severely affected by the government shutdown” and “is not lobbying.”