Anti-Tax Extremist Grover Norquist Received $150K+ In PPP Aid

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The 501(c)(3) Americans for Tax Reform Foundation has close ties to the 501(c)(4) lobbyist Americans for Tax Reform.

Bloomberg News reports that the Americans for Tax Reform Foundation led by “anti-tax activist” Grover Norquist accepted COVID-19 small business relief money from the federal government.

  • According to Small Business Administration data released on Monday, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation took out a Payment Protection Program loan valued at between $150,000 and $350,000.
  • Norquist is known for pressing Republican lawmakers to take pledges that they will not increase net taxes.
  • The foundation has close ties to Americans for Tax Reform, a 501(c)(4) taxpayer advocacy group that is able to participate in political activities and federal lobbying.
  • A statement from the foundation describes it and Americans for Tax Reform as “legally and financially separate,” though they share leadership, an office building proximate to the White House, and a phone number.
  • Some House lawmakers were concerned that Payment Protection Program funds could end up in the hands of political lobbyists.
  • The Foundation received approval for its loan in late April, and the loan is intended to provide paychecks to thirty-three employees.

At its website, Americans for Tax Reform describes the difference between itself and the Foundation as follows:

[Americans for Tax Reform] is a nonprofit, 501(c)(4) taxpayer advocacy group. Contributions to Americans for Tax Reform are not tax deductible. The Americans for Tax Reform Foundation is a 501c(3) research and educational organization. All contributions to the Americans for Tax Reform Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent provided for in federal law.

Of the Payment Protection Program, Bloomberg explains,

The program was designed to provide small businesses with loans of as much as $10 million, based on a company’s average monthly payroll before the pandemic. The loans can become grants if borrowers use the proceeds mostly to pay workers, with some spending allowed for rent and overhead costs.

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