Three dozen Planned Parenthood affiliates improperly applied for and received a total of $80 million in loans from the Paycheck Protection Program, Fox News reports.
The Trump administration is now demanding the money be given back to the federal government, saying the abortion businesses were not eligible for the stimulus cash, and should have known it.
One of the locations, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, applied for and received $1,328,000 in PPP stimulus money just months after its president and CEO, Laura Meyers, promised to turn down all federal funds.
The largest single government handout to the group was $7.5 million, which went to the Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties in California.
Sen. Marco Rubio on Tuesday called for an immediate investigation:
"There is no ambiguity in the legislation that passed or public record around its passage that organizations such as Planned Parenthood, whose parent organization has close to half a billion dollars in assets, is not eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program. Those funds must be returned immediately. Furthermore, the SBA should open an investigation into how these loans were made in clear violation of the applicable affiliation rules and if Planned Parenthood, the banks, or staff at the SBA knowingly violated the law, all appropriate legal options should be pursued."