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SWAMP WATCH: Biggs questions why PR firm linked to Biden received $35M from COVID-19 package? What about small businesses?

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Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs questioned whether millions of dollars meant to offset economic damage due to COVID-19 lockdowns will actually be distributed to small businesses across the country that are on the brink of being wiped out.

Biggs, who is Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, appeared on Fox Business network last week with host David Asman. He pointed out that the CARES Act, which allocated $2.2 billion to COVID-19, did not have sufficient accountability to monitor where the funding was being allocated. He said the enormity of the funding, combined with the vast designations of how the package was to be divided among businesses made it easier for some to take advantage of the stimulus funding.

One major example, was a recent report from Fox News revealing a “highly questionable” $35 million contract that was awarded by California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to a firm linked to President-elect Joe Biden’s campaign. Republicans with the House Oversight and House Administration Committees are demanding an investigation and saying it was a “misuse of taxpayer money and a violation of the law.”

According to Fox News, Padilla’s office allegedly allocated the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) grant money from the coronavirus stimulus package, known as the CARES Act, to fund a voter contract with SKD Knickerbocker. The firm is a public affairs and political consulting firm.

Republicans say that it is “Joe Biden’s main election campaign advisory firm.”

“What we have here is the California Secretary of State, secretary Padilla – here’s the deal, you’re not supposed to use HAVA, which is Help America Vote Act money to do voter outreach or voter contact at anytime, regardless of where the money is, specifically here,” said Biggs. “So he awards a $35 million contract, no bid – accelerated contract – to a firm associated with the Biden family.”

He added the money should have been allocated “to small business owners that are in trouble” and is demanding an investigation.

I certainly hope there is an investigation into this apparent misuse of funding and power. What happened to all the small business owners who have lost everything and their families because of these massive unnecessary lockdowns? Who’s going to help them and why should a public relations firm receive $35 million anyway?

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Boston Celtics Player Legally Changing Name to ‘Enes Kanter Freedom’ to Celebrate U.S. Citizenship

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Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter is celebrating becoming a U.S. citizen in an incredible way. The 29-year-old athlete from Turkey is having his citizenship oath ceremony Monday, and will legally change his name to Enes Kanter Freedom.

Kanter is an outspoken human rights advocate who had his Turkish passport revoked in 2017 after he criticized Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Mediaite reports “he has also criticized NBA stars Michael Jordan and LeBron James for not doing enough to help the Black community and not speaking out against exploitative labor practices in China respectively.”

Celtics head coach Ime Udoka told the Boston Globe the team is “all for” the player’s name change. Kanter’s manager says the player will complete his legal name change to have Kanter become his middle name and Freedom be his new last name at Monday’s ceremony.

“We congratulated him as a group for getting his American citizenship last week,” Udoka said. “That’s who Enes is, we’re proud of him. Enes is who he is. He’s passionate about his stances and the name change; you look at [Ron] Artest [who changed his name to Metta Sandiford-Artest in the middle of the COVID-19 outbreak] and guys that have done it in the past. It’s something he wants to express and we’re all for it.”

Kanter has already changed his official Twitter account to Enes Kanter FREEDOM with his new last name in all caps. Freedom made waves when he tweeted the following on November 18: Money over Morals for the ‘King’. Sad & disgusting how these athletes pretend they care about social justice. They really do ‘shut up & dribble’ when Big Boss [inserted Chinese flag] says so. Did you educate yourself about the slave labor that made your shoes or is that not part of your research?”

The tweet included photos of basketball shoes he wore painted with human rights depictions and phrases such as “hey still researching and getting educated?” as well as “I am informed and educated on the situation.”

The statement is with regard to his criticism of LeBron James’ partnership with Nike. “Nike remains one of the NBA’s biggest sponsors as both organizations feed off their partnerships with China” reports Mediaite. Kanter Freedom also made an offer to take Michael Jordan and Nike co-founder Phil Knight to China in order for the men to “visit these slave labor camps and you can see it with your own eyes.”

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