Do you ever wonder what happened to all of that CARES Act money that Congress handed out in the spring? No, no, we know generally that it went to helping people and businesses survive in a time of economic hardship, but we mean specifically, where did it go?
What kinds of people got their hands on these funds? What sorts of businesses were floated along with our tax money? It’s an interesting thing to ponder because we’re talking about billions of dollars and we wonder how closely any of it is being tracked.
Our curiosity is heightened when we see reports like this one from PJ Media:
Apparently, the State of Oregon wants more antifa and Black Lives Matter rioting. At a time when violent rioters were setting fires, looting, and terrorizing the people of Portland, they were rewarded with U.S. CARES Act COVID relief funds.
The group “SNACK BLOC” that received CARES ACT money designed to help people in need – or so we thought – is unabashedly antifa and BLM. It’s not even a semantical close call. Oregon’s Health Authority gave money to a group that came out of the shadows to support antifa and riots.
I say out of the shadows because according to Willamette Week, the loosely formed “group” supposedly existed for three years, but has no webpage, and just started a Twitter account timed to the beginning of Portland’s 100-plus days of non-stop rioting.
Their first message? “Don’t talk to cops.”
SNACK BLOC, quite simply, didn’t exist before these Portland riots, no matter what they say about themselves. But because they applied for and received COVID relief funds, it certainly gets us closer to understanding how so many anarchists could afford to be out on the streets for more than 100 days, rioting and burning down courthouses in the name of Antifa and BLM. After all, they had the support of this SNACK BLOC group.
According to Willamette Week, they’ve been busy.
“Along with organizing its own events, Snack Bloc has been at seemingly every protest, march, and vigil around the city over the past three months, providing snacks, water, and supplies to protesters at the Stripper Strike, BLM Art Therapy, and rallies across Portland,” the outlet explained.
Wow. And where did they get all that money?
“The Oregon Health Authority granted the Antifa support group a health equity grant award of $145,000 in September,” reports PJ Media. “That money came directly from the CARES Act money intended to help people suffering from the COVID shutdowns, not people throwing super-spreader riot events.”
And the left wonders why Mitch McConnell is reluctant to write another coronavirus blank check…