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Nearly $3M Meant for Small Businesses Amid Pandemic Went To Companies Gov. Gavin Newsom Founded



Photo of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, from left, Gordon Getty and Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown
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SAN FRANCISCO — At least eight companies partially owned by Gov. Gavin Newsom collectively received millions of dollars from the Paycheck Protection Program, according to an ABC7 analysis.

While data released by the Small Business Administration earlier this year showed the PlumpJack Group received up to $350,000 worth of PPP loans, newly-released data by the SBA indicated PlumpJack businesses – including wineries, bars, and restaurants – received more than eight times that amount at nearly $3 million altogether.

In 2018, Gov. Newsom placed his ownership interests in the PlumpJack Group into a blind trust. This means he would have no knowledge or role in the company’s business decisions made during his time in office.

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