FACT CHECK: Gardner Pushed To Give Big Corporations Relief Funds Meant For Small Businesses

FACT CHECK: Gardner Pushed To Give Big Corporations Relief Funds Meant For Small Businesses

Gardner allowed relief program to be “slush fund for the president,” gave millions to giant corporations as Colorado’s unemployment rate skyrocketed

Denver, CO – Senator Cory Gardner is out with another deceiving ad on his failed COVID response that leaves out the fact that he pushed to allow Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds to benefit large corporations, leaving less money for small and minority-owned businesses who were left behind. The Colorado Springs Business Journal wrote that Gardner refused to demand oversight over what became a “slush fund for the president, his political allies and corporate friends.” Meanwhile, Colorado’s unemployment rate skyrocketed and Senate Republicans allowed emergency unemployment insurance to expire and have blocked efforts to renew it.

“Instead of helping Colorado small businesses and unemployed workers, Senator Gardner pushed to open up the PPP program to large corporations and failed to demand oversight — letting the Trump Administration dole out relief fund as they please,” said Colorado Democratic Party spokesperson Eli Rosen. “Senator Gardner has taken $5.7 million from corporate PACs — the most in Colorado Senate history — and does their bidding while leaving Colorado’s struggling small businesses behind.”

While Gardner filmed the ad during his month-long vacation, local leaders, workers, and veterans are decrying his failure to deliver emergency unemployment relief and funding for testing, schools, and local governments.

Here are the facts on how Gardner has failed Colorado small businesses:

GARDNER PUSHED FOR PPP LOANS TO GO TO BIG CORPORATIONS

  • Gardner has taken $5.7 million from corporate PACs throughout his career — the most in Colorado Senate History.
  • The PPP “left minority business owners behind,” with many Latinx, woman, and veteran-owned businesses not receiving the support they need to stay afloat.
  • Gardner has been a reliable ally for big corporations, standing with President Trump “100%” to push through a $2 trillion tax giveaway to the wealthy and big corporations.


GARDNER ALLOWED COVID RELIEF TO BECOME “SLUSH FUND FOR PRESIDENT”

GARDNER TOOK A MONTH-LONG VACATION, FAILED TO DELIVER COVID RELIEF

  • Gardner left Washington for a month-long recess without passing COVID relief. It has been 104 days since Gardner said recess would be “unfathomable,” yet he folded to Mitch McConnell and left town without getting additional relief for Colorado.

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