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Pro-Trump lobbyists worked with two businesses to score major COVID-19 cash from PPP loans

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CNBC reported Monday that at least two businesses used lobbyist pals of President Donald Trump to score major PPP loans in the COVID-19 bailout.

“Lindblad Expeditions and Laundrylux Distribution, two companies that hired Trump-linked lobbyists Jeff Miller and Brian Ballard, received millions of dollars in small business relief loans,” CNBC reported.

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While Laundrylux denies any link between Ballard’s lobbying, it raises questions about the ethics and transparency of distribution for the PPP bailout. Ballard recently helped raise over $560,000 for Trump’s joint fundraising committees with firm partner Daniel McFaul. Ballard also serves as a Republican Party regional vice-chair while also working as a lobbyist for Laundrylux.

“Lindblad is a New York-based cruise company with destinations including Alaska, Costa Rica, Egypt and the British Isles,” said CNBC, noting that they got a loan between $5 million and $10 million.

Laundrylux is a commercial laundry machine company that rents equipment. They pocketed between $1 million and $2 million.

There are also law firms that have ties to Trump who got federal loans like Kasowitz Benson Torres, founded by Marc Kasowitz, which got between $5 million and $10 million. Jay Sekulow’s firm got between $1 million and $2 million. Both men helped defend Trump during the impeachment hearings.

Read the full report at CNBC.com.

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WATCH: Arizona man throws tantrum about masks — and his son has to pick him up and carry him out of the store

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Video posted online purports to show a man being carried out of a store in Tucson, Arizona after a loud rant against wearing masks.

"People won't learn, these people won't learn," a man in a blue shirt, shorts and sunglasses is heard saying, to nobody in particular.

"You're a bunch of idiots wearing masks, you know it's not real," he shouted.

"Look at you fools, you got a f*cking doily on your face. You ret*rd, you look like you f*cking got it off your mom's countertop," he continued.

At thq5 point, a much larger man with a mask over his beard approached the anti-mask activist.

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Trump campaign dispatches Pence to shore up Mormon support — after harsh criticism from Mitt Romney and Jeff Flake: report

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The president's 2020 election campaign continues to play defense in Arizona, a once reliably-Republican state.

"President Donald Trump's reelection campaign is looking to shore up support among a specific population of Arizonans: members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," the Arizona Republica reported Monday. "Vice President Mike Pence is coming to Mesa Tuesday to help launch a 'Latter-day Saints for Trump' coalition in what appears to be a late-in-the-game play to win over LDS voters, who tend to vote Republican but hold values that clash with some of the president's."

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Here’s how Trump created a ‘significant threat’ to his re-election by failing on coronavirus stimulus

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Politico on Monday reported on how Donald Trump may have imperiled his 2020 presidential campaign by failing to reach a deal with Congress on the next round of stimulus.

"After a spring and summer bolstered by cash infusions from the federal government of more than $3 trillion, the U.S. economy may have to sink or swim this fall with a relative trickle of support — presenting a significant threat to President Donald Trump’s standing as he heads into a compressed reelection campaign already trailing in the polls," Politico's Ben White reported.

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