The Christian school in Virginia that bans LGBTQ teachers and students, and is where Second Lady Karen Pence took a teaching job, reportedly received $725,000 in Paycheck Protection Program loans, according to the Washington Blade.
A look at the distribution for the COVID-19 bailout funds, as documented by the government watchdog Accountable.US, reveals Immanuel Christian School in Springfield, Va., obtained the six-figure grant as part of the Paycheck Protection Program, which sought to keep small businesses afloat amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Immanuel Christian School claimed 115 jobs saved with the PPP money, according to the raw SBA data.
“It is shameful that an institution that discriminates against LGBT Americans received nearly $1 million in taxpayer funds,” Kyle Herrig, president of government watchdog Accountable.US, said in a statement. “This money was meant to help mom and pop small businesses meet payroll and keep the lights on — instead the wealthy and well-connected cashed in.”
The report noted that “Pence accepted a position teaching art two days a week at the school in early 2019, returning after having worked there when her husband was a congressman.”
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