13 Investigates: PPP loans for 1000s of churches, SBA bends rules

KTRK-TV, Ch. 13

August 14, 2020

By Ted Oberg and Sarah Rafique


13 Investigates Ted Oberg followed the money from the feds to thousands of churches.

Hours after SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) criticized the Catholic church for accepting PPP loans Thursday, 13 Investigates looked into the program finding tens of thousands of churches accepting cash in the job saving program.

Our team also found the feds changed their own rules to do so.

The Personal Protection loans were created to help struggling businesses make ends meet.

Thursday SNAP members gathered outside the archdiocese to express their anger over how much of that money was given to the Catholic church. The group is upset that taxpayer dollars meant for coronavirus relief is being given to dioceses that have battled sexual abuse claims and allegations of cover-ups.

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