Attack Ads Target Democratic Party PPP Loans
(WCJB) – The state’s Democratic candidates are now facing attack ads from their Republican opponents, accusing their campaigns of receiving funds from a pandemic assistance loan for small businesses.
The loan was guaranteed by the Florida Democratic Party earlier this year, but candidates facing the attacks are calling it deceptive and bogus.
You may have received a mail or even seen a TV spot accusing a local candidate of receiving funds from a $ 780,000 P3 loan guaranteed by the Democratic Party in May.
A TV spot targets Democratic State Senate candidate Loranne Ausley.
“They took those dollars, took them to a committee, and then gave them to their candidates,” said Evan Power, Chairman of the Leon County Republican Party.
Ausley is one of the three candidates targeted.
She called the ads a distraction.
“People are really hurting and they want us to talk about how we’re going to fix these issues,” Ausley said.
A public financial report released in August shows the Florida Democratic Party repaid the original loan, with interest.
“All the candidates who are brought there condemned the party for taking the funds and with everyone we demanded to return the money. The money has been returned, ”Ausley said.
All of the targeted candidates deny that the money reached their campaign accounts, but Republicans argue that there is no way to prove it one way or another.
“They took that million dollars in taxpayer dollars that was supposed to save jobs and handed it out and took advantage of it the moment they sent it,” Power said.
According to financial reports from the Florida Democratic Executive Committee, the Party has received a total of over $ 815,000 in CARES Act loans.
The payment made in August still leaves nearly $ 34,000 unpaid, but Mark Herron, a lawyer representing the Party, told us the outstanding balance was a mistake.
“I have been informed that an amendment has been tabled to correct the error and we expect it to be released later today,” Herron said in an email Thursday afternoon.
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