By Zack Budryk
More than 10,000 religious organizations received financial aid through the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for a total of at least $3 billion, according to an analysis by The Guardian.
The recipients range from individual houses of worship to schools to ministries, including that of televangelist Jim Bakker, who was imprisoned in the 1990s after being convicted of mail and wire fraud.
Bakker, whose Missouri-based Morningside Church received between $350,000 and $1 million through the program, was sued by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt (R) earlier this year for falsely claiming products sold through his ministry could cure the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, televangelist Jimmy Swaggart, who was defrocked by the Pentecostal Assemblies of God after a sex scandal, received between $2 million and $5 million for his Family Worship Center in Louisiana.
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