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Companies affiliated with major Trump donor showered with bailout cash — after he laid off 95% of staff

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Companies affiliated with major GOP donor Monty Bennett have been the beneficiaries of tens of millions of dollars in federal loans, despite the fact that they’ve laid off the vast majority of their employees.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Bennett’s Ashford Inc. and its subsidiaries have been raking in cash from the Paycheck Protection Program, which was designed to give cheap loans to small businesses so that they could keep workers on their payrolls.

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“The company’s subsidiaries have received about $30 million from 42 loans and expect to receive more, according to an April 21 public filing,” WSJ reports. “That amount is the largest of the more than 100 public company disclosures related to these loans reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.”

This infusion of cash comes after Bennett said that “Ashford Inc. and its subsidiaries have laid off or furloughed 95 percent of their 7,000 employees” after their revenues got hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Journal also explains how Ashford has gamed the system to get money that surpasses the limits set up by Congress.

“The program has a $10 million limit, but borrowers that spread requests over multiple subsidiaries can exceed that limit as long as each subsidiary operates as a separate legal entity and doesn’t have more than 500 employees,” the paper reports.

Bennett defended his companies’ pursuit of the bailout money and told WSJ that “75 percent or more of the proceeds will be used to bring our employees back to work with the balance to be used to pay utilities, rent, and debt service to lenders.”

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‘Nazi Nuremberg defense’: Buffalo police ripped for defending cops who pushed elderly man

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The Buffalo Police Department Emergency Response Team was harshly criticized online after all 57 officers resigned from the team in solidarity with officers who were suspended for shoving an elderly man during protests against police violence.

Video went viral on Thursday that showed police shoving 75-year-old Martin Gugino, who bled from the ear after his head hit the concrete with a thud.

“Fifty-seven resigned in disgust because of the treatment of two of their members, who were simply executing orders,” Buffalo Police Benevolent Association president John Evans said in a statement.

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Minneapolis store faces boycott over Hitler-praising social media posts written by owner’s daughter

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On Friday, the Star Tribune reported that a number of businesses in the Twin Cities are cutting ties with Holy Land, a Mediterranean restaurant and grocery store, following the emergence of racist and anti-Semitic past social media posts from an employee.

"Majdi Wadi, CEO of Holy Land Brand Inc., which operates a Middle Eastern grocery store, restaurant and deli in northeast Minneapolis, apologized for the 2016 posting and revealed that it was written by his daughter, Lianne Wadi, the company’s catering director. She was fired," said the report.

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57 Buffalo cops resign to support suspended officers who pushed down elderly man

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The entire Buffalo Police Department Emergency Response Team -- a total of 57 officers -- has resigned from the team in support of the two officers who pushed 75-year-old Martin Gugino to the ground, seriously injuring him.

They are still employed, but no longer on ERT.

According to Buffalo Police Benevolent Association president John Evans, the cops who pushed Gugino down were just following orders.

“Fifty-seven resigned in disgust because of the treatment of two of their members, who were simply executing orders,” Evans, said in a statement.

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