15 of the most surprising companies that the Small Business Administration listed as paycheck protection loan recipients

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The Girl Scouts of America and its chapters reportedly received millions in funding from the Paycheck Protection Program. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images
  • The US Small Business Administration released 4.8 million loan records detailing who received money from the $US530 billion Paycheck Protection Program on Monday.
  • The program, meant to protect small businesses, also doled out money to billionaire-backed corporations like TGI Fridays and the chic members-only club Soho House.
  • Other names that appeared in the SBA’s disclosure included Kanye West’s Yeezy brand, 30 Girl Scouts of America chapters, multiple Catholic archdioceses, and the businesses of people close to President Donald Trump.
  • Multiple companies listed in the filings, like e-scooter company Bird and famed venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, said they did not receive loans, calling the accuracy of the SBA dataset into question.
  • Business Insider rounded up some of the most surprising organisations to appear in the dataset.
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Andreessen Horowitz, a legendary Silicon Valley venture-capital firm, received between $US350,000 and $US1 million for 24 jobs, according to the filing, but a spokesperson told Business Insider it did not receive a loan.

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Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Source: Business Insider


Similarly, the filings listed e-scooter company Bird as having received between $US5 and $US10 million to retain 341 jobs, but the company told Business Insider it never completed an application and was “erroneously listed” in the SBA’s data.

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Source: Business Insider


Burning Man, the iconic ‘commerce-free’ festival, received between $US2 and $US5 million for an undisclosed number of jobs, according to the filing. A representative confirmed that Burning Man did receive a PPP loan of roughly $US2.5 million in an email to Business Insider.

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A scene from Burning Man. Jim Urquhart/Reuters

Source: Business Insider,Business Insider


The Ayn Rand Institute, a centre dedicated to promoting Rand’s well-known brand of hardcore capitalism, was approved for a loan of up to $US1 million to secure 35 jobs. A spokesperson for the institute confirmed the loan in an email to Business Insider.

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A photograph of Ayn Rand hangs in the offices of the Ayn Rand Institute’s headquarters in Irvine, California. Don Tormey/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Source: Reuters


The Americans for Tax Reform Foundation, an arm of Grover Norquist’s anti-government spending group, is listed to have been approved for a loan between $US150,000 and $US300,000. A representative confirmed the loan in an email to Business Insider.

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Grover Norquist. AP

Source: Slate,Americans for Tax Reform


Kanye West’s Yeezy sneaker brand received between $US2 million and $US5 million to save 160 jobs, according to the filing. A representative for Yeezy did not immediately respond to request for comment.

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Source: CBS News


The Archdiocese of New York reportedly received between $US5 and $US10 million to support nearly 462 jobs, while other archdioceses, like those in Miami and Denver received between $US1 and $US2 million. A representative for the archdiocese did not immediately reply to request for comment.

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Our Saviour Parish in Manhattan, a part of the Archdiocese of New York. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Source: CNBC,Washington Post


The Joseph Kushner Hebrew Day Academy, a school named after Trump advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner’s grandfather, reportedly received a loan between $US1 and $US2 million. The school did not immediately respond to request for comment. Other Kushner family interests also received loans.

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Jared Kushner. Win McNamee/Getty

Source: NBC,Business Insider


Foremost Group, a shipping business owned by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s family, received between $US350,000 and $US1 million, according to the filing. A company source told Business Insider the accepted loan was less than $US500,000.

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Source: MarketWatch


PF Chang’s, a popular chain backed by private equity firm TriArtisan Capital Advisors, was reportedly approved for a loan between $US5 million and $US10 million. A spokesperson for PF Chang’s told Business Insider the PPP loan secured 12,000 jobs in a statement.

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A PF Chang’s restaurant in Schaumburg, Illinois. Scott Olson/Getty Images

Source: NBC


TGI Fridays, which is backed by the same firm as PF Chang’s, also received a loan between $US5 million and $US10 million, according to filings. A representative did not respond to request for comment.

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A TGI Fridays location in New York City. John Lamparski/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Source: Associated Press


Nobu, the luxury sushi and hotel chain founded by actor Robert De Niro and celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa, reportedly received between $US11 million and $US28 million, according to government filings. Nobu did not respond to a request for comment.

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Nobu sushi at the brand’s Ibiza hotel. Harrison Jacobs/Business Insider

Source: CNBC, Business Insider


The national Girl Scouts of America received a loan between $US5 and $US10 million, the organisation confirmed in an email to Business Insider. More than 30 Girls Scout chapters nationwide also received PPP loans, the national organisation also confirmed, with chapters like the Girl Scouts of Northern California receiving between $US2 and $US5 million and the Girl Scouts of Colorado, Connecticut, and Illinois each receiving between $US1 and $US2 million.

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Girl Scouts during a Fourth of July parade in San Gabriel, California in 2018. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Source: Associated Press, Washington Post


Soho House, the billionaire-backed private members-only club, reportedly received six different loans between $US350,000 and $US10 million for its Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and New York locations, saving 1,996 jobs. It confirmed its PPP loan to Bloomberg.

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A scene from Soho House Miami. Getty Images

Source: Business Insider,Bloomberg


Jeff Koons, the pop art sculptor known for giant balloon animals among other concepts, reportedly received $US1 to $US2 million for his studio. The studio did not immediately return a request for comment.

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Jeff Koons in front of his sculpture at the Whitney. Reuters

Source: Associated Press