HELP PEOPLE, NOT LOBBYING GROUPS
Congress is trying to bail out massive lobbying organizations. You read that correctly… massive lobbying organizations.
The House of Representatives recently passed the HEROES Act. Instead of directly paying companies’ payroll costs—so people get paid and small businesses can stay afloat—the bill would give lobbying groups special forgivable loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The loans would essentially act as donations.
Yet, the most disturbing part of their plan is that they would reserve a portion of PPP funds for nonprofits with less than 500 employees, which the bill characterizes as “small nonprofits.”
We’ve reviewed IRS data -- 99.9 percent of 501(c)(6) trade associations have less than 500 employees, including nearly all major corporate lobbying groups.
Groups that would be considered “small nonprofits” under this bill include:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the top lobby for drugmakers.
America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), which lobbies for major health insurers.
The Koch network’s Stand Together Chamber of Commerce.
If passed, this provision would put truly small nonprofits in direct competition with powerful lobbying and influence operations for PPP funds. It’s obscene.
Sign this petition to tell Congress: Remove this corporate giveaway and help people who are struggling right now, not wealthy lobbying groups.