Jim Ellis Atlanta and Jim Ellis Volkswagen, according to Monday’s report, estimated that the loans helped them retain about 870 jobs.
For weeks, the SBA resisted providing detailed information. After a group of news and open-government organizations sued the government, arguing that it’s in the public interest to know who received money and the size of loans, the SBA released additional details.
The identities of many borrowers had been announced prior to Monday's report. Two of those include Samson Tours, a charter bus company in Hapeville, and Ponder's 60 Minutes Cleaners in the Ben Hill community, the city's oldest Black-owned dry cleaners.
Businesses tied to Georgia’s elected officials also got loans. An Augusta construction company previously controlled by U.S. Rep. Rick Allen, R-Ga., got a loan of between $350,000 and $1 million. A Bonaire-based trucking company called Perdue Inc., affiliated with former Gov. Sonny Perdue and his wife, Mary, received a loan of between $150,000 and $300,000. The company is indirectly owned by a trust that’s majority-owned by Perdue’s children, according to a statement issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Lawmakers and other federal officials were exempted from ethics laws that apply to other programs that are designed to limit conflicts of interest.
Outside Georgia, dozens of well-known companies obtained relief loans.
The Trump administration last week extended the application deadline to Aug. 8 for the second round of PPP loans, as about $130 billion remains available. The loans can be forgiven if borrowers use the proceeds to pay wages and rent and meet other conditions.
Staff writer Tamar Hallerman contributed to this article.
Editor’s note: This article was updated to clarify that Rep. Rick Allen no longer owns a majority stake in a construction company. The update also includes additional details about former Gov. Sonny Perdue’s affiliation with a company.