Airlines that backed Trump’s campaign receive relief funds first—Twitter slams ‘corruption in plain sight’

  • 04/16/2020 10:16 am ET Samantha Weller
Trump waves as he boards a plane.

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Airlines that donated to Trump’s re-election were the first to receive corporate bailout funds from the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill that Trump signed last month.

This is according to data from TrumpBailouts, a website made by the government watchdog group Accountable.US. The website launched after Trump refused to release information about who was receiving funds from the bill, which Accountable.US had warned could lead to ‘indiscriminate corporate bailouts’.

‘Corruption in plain sight’

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On Tuesday, American, Delta, United, Southwest, and JetBlue, agreed to the $25 billion bailout deal with the Treasury Department, CNBC reports.

But TrumpBailouts found links between these airlines receiving funds and having donated to his campaigns. America and Southwest airlines donated over $100,000 to Trump’s campaign, and are both receiving billions in bailout, while JetBlue, who donated $42,000, is to receive just under $1 billion.

For the shareholders

Airport plane

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“There was no consideration for how many billions of dollars in quarterly profits they had recently posted. No limit on how many millions of dollars they pay their CEOs” says Accountable.US who also added that “the result: industries that should have been better positioned than most Americans to absorb an economic downturn are lining up for taxpayer assistance.”

Quid pro quo

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Trump has a long history of only doing things that are good for Trump. Why would he be any different during a global pandemic?

Who is footing the bill?

Money Cash Dollars

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Your tax dollars are now flying the friendly skies.

Connecting the dots

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He is focusing on what is really important.

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