Church of Scientology has received at least 30 P3 loans worth approximately $ 4 million
The Church of Scientology and several of its affiliated groups have received at least 30 Paycheck Protection Program (P3) loans worth approximately $ 4 million, including funding for its controversial processing facilities drug addiction, government data revealed.
The top-secret church, which many consider to be a cult, requested and received approximately $ 1 million out of 17 loans for several churches across America.
This included churches in: Washington DC, New York City, Largo, Florida, Detroit, Los Angeles, Quincy, Massachusetts, St. Louis, Lake Forest, California, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Santa Rosa Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Chicago, Houston , Buffalo, New York and Battle Creek, Michigan.
A number of other Scientology-affiliated groups have also received a combined total of approximately $ 3 million in government loans, including five from its Narconon Centers, its school that teaches religion to children, and its non-profit organization. controversy that has been criticized for criticizing psychiatry.
In total, the church has received at least 30 loans, according to DailyDot which analyzes government data and says more loans may still be discovered.
A federal judge ordered the Trump administration to release the data this week so the public can see exactly where the $ 717 billion in loans went.
The PPP was put in place by the federal government to help small businesses continue to pay their workers and bills during the pandemic, but was plagued by problems from the start with many large companies navigating loopholes to get hold of the funds.
The Church of Scientology is estimated to be worth nearly $ 2 billion and owns properties around the world estimated to be worth $ 168 million in Clearwater, Florida.
A spokesperson for the Church of Scientology told DailyMail.com that a “handful” of its individual churches have applied for P3 loans in the same way as thousands of other religious institutions across America.
The Church of Scientology and several of its affiliated groups, including controversial addiction treatment facilities, Narconon, have received at least 30 Paycheck Protection Program (P3) loans worth approximately $ 4 million. dollars, government data revealed.
Among the Scientology affiliated groups that benefited from the loans was Narconon with five centers in La Crescenta, Calif., Clearwater, Florida, Denham Springs, Louisiana, Ojai, Calif. And Canadian, Oklahoma pocketing a total of loans of one. worth $ 1.1 million.
Narconon is the Scientology charity that uses vitamins, exercise, and saunas to rehabilitate drug addicts.
The Hubbard College of Administration, an unaccredited management college in Los Angeles, received approximately $ 114,000 and Delphi Schools, a charter school for K-12 classes, approximately $ 1 million.
The two institutions both use the study methods known as Study Tech developed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.
About $ 360,000 was donated to three Citizens’ Commission on Human Rights centers in Los Angeles, Austin, Texas and Clearwater, Florida – the church’s nonprofit that has been criticized by medical experts for his attempts to discredit psychiatry.
CCHR has often courted controversy with its views and teachings that once included blaming the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the psychiatrist Osama Bin Laden who they say brainwashed him to carry out the attacks.
Two other Scientology groups receiving PPP loans are The Way to Happiness Foundation in Glendale, Calif., Which pocketed approximately $ 33,000, and Applied Scholastics, which obtained approximately $ 150,000 from two loans in California.
Karin Pouw, director of public affairs for Church of Scientology International, told DailyMail.com: “A handful of individual Scientology Churches have applied for and received loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP ) to help them during the pandemic. “
The top-secret church, which many consider to be a cult, requested and received approximately $ 1 million out of 17 loans for several churches across America including Washington DC, New York City, Largo, Florida. The leader in the picture, David Miscavige
Pouw said churches and individual organizations are “separately incorporated,” meaning they can apply for loans individually.
“They are among tens of thousands of churches, mosques, synagogues and other religious institutions and non-profit organizations that have received similar loans under the PPP,” she said.
“A review of the home page www.Scientology.org shows that there are thousands of Scientology churches and missions in the United States and around the world. Each church and mission in the United States is incorporated separately and is supported by its local congregation. ‘
The latest revelation comes five months after it emerged that the church had received three loans of $ 150,000 to $ 300,000 each for three of its branches in New York, Washington DC and Florida.
In July, government data revealed that the Founding Church of Scientology in Washington DC received a P3 loan but did not save any jobs.
The Church of Scientology for the Mission in Belleair, Florida said 13 jobs were saved with its loan and the Church of Scientology New York City said 10 jobs were saved with its loan.
The Scientology Money Project, a blog run by Jeffrey Augustine – the wife of a former Scientologist – predicts that the controversial church is worth $ 1.75 billion and will generate annual revenues of $ 200 million.
The PPP was created by Congress and designed to lend money to small businesses with 500 or fewer employees to help them survive the economic downturn during the coronavirus crisis, ensuring that they can still pay their employees and their employees. bills, and avoid massive layoffs.
Companies that use the money to avoid layoffs will not have to repay the money as long as 75 percent of the funds are used to pay staff.
But the program has been fraught with pitfalls with several multi-million dollar state-owned companies with thousands of employees exploiting legal loopholes to access funds before qualifying small businesses in desperate need can get a dime.
Nonprofit churches could qualify for PPP loans if they have fewer than 500 employees, the same qualifications as other small businesses.
A number of other Scientology-affiliated groups have received a combined total of around $ 3 million in loans, including five Narconon Centers – its controversial drug addiction charity.
Organizations are also expected to receive only one loan, but many large organizations have obtained more than one by applying through a number of different affiliates.
After being publicly humiliated and criticized for such measures, many large companies have repaid their funds.
Meanwhile, others have been exposed for trying to defraud money from the scheme for personal gain.
A federal judge on Thursday ordered the Small Business Administration to release all names, addresses and loan amounts issued through the PPP after several news agencies filed a lawsuit demanding transparency under the Freedom Act of information.
The Church of Scientology, which counts Tom Cruise and John Travolta among its famous followers, was founded by science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard in 1953.
The religion is based on the belief that humans are immortal beings called thetans and must improve their beings on earth using the methods of the church.
He has long been surrounded by controversy with critics questioning his status as a religion, warning that his approach to mental health is unscientific and saying that followers must buy their way to higher levels of improvement. .
In 1979, 11 of Scientology’s top leaders were sentenced to prison terms for plotting to plant spies in government agencies, steal government documents, and spy on a government meeting in connection with a plot called Operation Snow White.
Hubbard died in 1986 and David Miscavige took over as head of the church.
The Internal Revenue Service has long denied Scientology attempts to be declared a church.
It finally obtained church status in 1993, making it tax exempt. The church then agreed to drop thousands of lawsuits against the IRS.
Tom Cruise – a church member – inaugurates a new center for the Church of Scientology in Madrid in 2004. The Church of Scientology is estimated to be worth nearly $ 2 billion