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Strip Clubs Fighting for Access to Government-Backed PPP Loans

Oct. 19, 2021, 3:42 PM

Small Business Administration rules barring strip clubs from receiving government-backed pandemic relief loans are unconstitutional, over 30 businesses told a federal appeals court.

The case involves the Paycheck Protection Program, a government aid program that facilitated hundreds of billions in small business loans that can be forgiven if used for payroll and other approved expenses. While millions of businesses received PPP loans, the rules of the program block funds from going to businesses engaged in activities of “obscene, pornographic, or prurient sexual nature.”

A coalition of businesses, led by a Milwaukee gentlemen’s club operating under the name Camelot ...

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