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Messner Demands Senator Shaheen Comment on Alleged Improper Use of Small Business Stimulus Funds by Planned Parenthood

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 28, 2020

Messner Demands Senator Shaheen Comment on Alleged Improper Use of Small Business Stimulus Funds by Planned Parenthood

Contact: Carmelle Druchniak at carmelle@corkyforsenate.com

BEDFORD, NH – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bryant “Corky” Messner today demanded incumbent New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen publicly address the alleged improper use of $80 million in stimulus funding by Planned Parenthood.

“The silence is deafening when it comes to an organization so closely connected to House and Senate Democrats,” says Messner. “Keeping progressive allies like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer happy and not rightly calling Planned Parenthood out is apparently more important to our Senator than helping New Hampshire businesses stay afloat.”

Messner points out Shaheen has repeatedly claimed she was a “lead negotiator” of the first COVID-19 economic stimulus package, specifically the CARES Act’s small business assistance programs, “yet she remains silent when it appears funds meant for small businesses have found their way into the coffers of a national organization with total net assets close to $2 billion and total revenue of about $1.7 billion.”

Thirty-seven Planned Parenthood locations applied for and received funding from the Small Business Association’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). That funding is only available to small businesses, that is, those with 500 employees or less. Planned Parenthood employs more than 16,000 people nationwide.

Several Republican Senators have publicly questioned the allocation and asked the SBA to explain how the funding was made available in obvious violation of PPP requirements.

“Will Senator Shaheen, who constantly calls for more bipartisanship in Congress, join those Senators and get to the truth of this matter, or is the fact that this is Planned Parenthood and not some other organization the reason she’s ignoring the headlines?” asks Messner.

“Senator Shaheen was interviewed on national television yesterday and said she was ‘outraged’ that the Senate has not immediately addressed the perceived lack of guidance provided to small business owners about the PPP loans and loan forgiveness. No mention of the Planned Parenthood loans, no promise to get to the truth about those loans.

“As she talked in the interview about mom-and-pop businesses in New Hampshire needing these funds to survive, Senator Shaheen, who serves on the Senate Small Business Committee, remained quiet about the potential fraud perpetrated by Planned Parenthood affiliates to the tune of $80 million. That amount could help countless New Hampshire businesses survive this pandemic, so I urge her to remember the folks back home and join with other Senators to urge action by the SBA.”

About Bryant “Corky” Messner
Raised in a blue-collar family in Altoona, PA, Bryant “Corky” Messner attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he played football and prepared for military service. Upon earning the Army Ranger tab and graduating in 1979, he served in West Germany, witnessing firsthand the specter of the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. Following his military service, he attended University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law and went on to found the law firm Messner Reeves LLP, which today includes more than 100 lawyers, 200 employees and offices in nine cities.

Messner is a strong conservative, and remains passionate about giving back to the country that has offered him the opportunity to live the American Dream. His continued public service includes involvement with various non-profit organizations, including the Wentworth Watershed Association, the Army West Point Athletic Association, the Rise School Denver, and the Messner Foundation, which works to cultivate the next generation of business and community leaders.

A father of three, Messner’s two sons are West Point Cadets and his daughter is preparing to attend medical school. He resides in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.

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