Disgraced Televangelists Jim Bakker And Jimmy Swaggart Received PPP Loans
Disgraced televangelists Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart are among the leaders of religious organizations that received loans through the government's COVID relief program, according to an analysis by the Guardian.
- The publication reported that Bakker’s Morningside Church Productions in Missouri received between $350,000 and $1 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans from the federal government.
- The Guardian noted that Bakker “was defrocked by the Assemblies of God after a highly publicized sexual encounter with a church secretary; was imprisoned in the 90s on dozens of fraud and conspiracy charges surrounding his church fundraising; and now promotes emergency survival products.”
- The televangelist was also sued by Missouri’s attorney general this year for selling a fake “coronavirus cure.”
- Meanwhile, Swaggart’s Family Worship Center in Louisiana received between $2 million and $5 million in PPP loans.
- Swaggart “was defrocked by the Pentecostal Assemblies of God in the early 1990s after being implicated in sex scandals.”
In all, more than 10,600 religious organizations received at least $3 billion in loans through the program, according to the Guardian’s analysis, including churches, synagogues, temples and private religious schools.