Anti-Trump Democrat Senate candidate Cal Cunningham from North Carolina reportedly took millions from the coronavirus program he publically criticized it because Trump backed it.
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
WasteZero, a Raleigh-based environmentalist trash service, obtained between $1 and $2 million in PPP funding on May 3, data released by the Small Business Administration on Monday show. Cunningham earned about $400,000 in 2019 in his role as the company’s general counsel and vice president. He has repeatedly criticized the federal program, which aims to support small businesses struggling with coronavirus shutdowns. Just two months after Senate Democrats blocked a Republican effort to bankroll the depleting fund in April, Cunningham called the program “unacceptable,” saying it “harms communities.”
The former state legislator “supports [WasteZero’s] outreach to municipal and state leaders,” according to an archive of the company’s website. Cunningham also has stock options and a convertible note of up to $50,000 tied to the company, according to his candidate financial report. Cunningham told reporters that he was still working for the company in February. He has since been removed from WasteZero’s website and the company does not publicly acknowledge any legal representation on its site. Neither Cunningham nor WasteZero responded to requests for comment about PPP or the candidate’s role in the company.
“Many small businesses, especially minority-owned businesses, are still waiting to receive funds, while the PPP ‘sent money to companies that did not critically need financial aid,’” he said in a June press release.
“This is just more hypocrisy from the left. Cunningham obviously knew that the company he is involved in would benefit from this stimulus package, which passed with overwhelmingly bipartisan support,” Schilling said. “North Carolina voters are going to see right through this.”
Cunningham is running against incumbent Senator Thom Tillis (R- N.C.)