According to data released from the Small Business Administration, Rep. Devin Nunes’ (R-CA) wineries and the Church of Scientology were among the recipients of loans from the Paycheck Protection Program.
- USA Today reported that Nunes “listed on his 2018 public financial disclosure forms roles as a limited partner with investments in Phase 2 Cellars in San Luis Obispo, California, and Alpha Omega Winery in Saint Helena, California.”
- Data released from the SBA shows that those “wineries received loans of $1 million to $2 million.”
- The Independent reported that “Church of Scientology locations in New York, Washington DC and Florida were also cleared to receive loans between $150,000 (£120,000) and $350,000 (£278,000) each.”
- The Church of Scientology “is reported to be worth at least $1 billion,” the publication noted.
The SBA program was passed in March in an effort to help sustain America’s small business as the coronavirus pandemic began wrecking the economy.