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Vernon Jones Cites Valiant News Report About Mike Collins’ PPP Loans During GOP Primary Debate

“He’s used taxpayer’s dollars to literally fund his personal aspirations and campaign,” Jones claims, citing Collins’ $920,000 in PPP loans.

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Congressional candidate Vernon Jones (R-GA) brought up reporting on primary opponent Mike Collins’ Paycheck Protection Program loans during a televised debate over the weekend.

“He got almost a million dollars in PPP loans,” Jones, who has been endorsed by former president Donald Trump, said of Collins. “Almost a million dollars, when Jody Hice decided to run for Congress. Then he stepped right back, and got a waiver, and then invested a half million dollars, almost, into his campaign.”

“He’s used taxpayer’s dollars to literally fund his personal aspirations and campaign,” Jones went on to claim. “This needs to be discussed – why did he take taxpayers’ dollars and then loan it to his campaign?”

Collins responded to Jones’ allegations by calling them a “disgusting lie” which “doesn’t deserve even a reply to it.”

Valiant News’ previous reporting from April 1 on Collins’ PPP loans can be read below:

A transportation company owned by Mike Collins, a Republican running for Congress in Georgia’s 10th District, received a $920,000 loan in April of 2020 as part of the Trump administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The next year Collins personally loaned his political campaign a total of $465,000, none of which has been repaid by the campaign.

It is unclear if Collins repaid these PPP loans or whether they were forgiven. The federal government does not distinguish between the two options in its reporting.

According to FederalPay.org, Collins Trucking Company received $920,000 on April 9, 2020.

The website currently lists the loan as “Paid in Full or Forgiven,” and below notes that “This loan’s status is reported by the SBA as ‘Paid in Full’, which includes both loans repaid and those fully forgiven from repayment under PPP guidelines.” The website adds that “The loan’s status was last updated by the SBA in April, 2021,” perhaps indicating the loan was forgiven.

Meanwhile, the FEC reports that Collins loaned his campaign $400,000 on June 30, 2021, and another $65,000 on December 31, 2021. Neither of those loans have been repaid to date, per the FEC website.

Valiant News contacted the Collins campaign on Thursday to determine whether the loans were repaid or forgiven, and again on Friday to ask about Collins’ $465,000 in loans to his campaign and the PPP loans, and did not receive a response.

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