Winery Partially Owned by Devin Nunes got $1 Million in PPP Loans

When COVID-19 first hit America, congress passed a bill to help small businesses hit hard by the pandemic. Many companies were helped by the Paycheck Protection Program Loans which were part of the bills. Some found it hard and cumbersome to apply. Others still, returned money received by the government after being publicly shamed.

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 09: Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) attends a House Ways and Means Committee markup of the Republicans tax reform plan titled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act., on Capitol Hill November 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

For months, all of the loan recipients weren’t known by the general public. That changed today when the government revealed all those who received money. Among the companies was Phase 2 Cellars, a winery partially owned by Devin Nunes.

Phase 2 was award a PPP loan of between $1 and $2 million. Nunes November opponent, Phil Arballo tweeted, “Americans are trying to figure out how to pay their rent & put food on the table, meanwhile Devin Nunes’ winery is getting bailed out. I’m running against Devin Nunes because it’s time working people got a fair shake.”

People connected to other prominent Republicans also took in loans. The family of Elaine Chao, Mitch McConnell’s wife own a company called The Foremost Group. The Foremost Group was given $350,000 in loans.

A company formerly owned by Jared Kushner, Observer Media, was awarded between $350,000 and $1 million. While Kushner doesn’t personally own Observer Media any longer, the company is now run by his brother-in-law Joseph Meyer.


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