Empower Wisconsin | May 26, 2022
President Biden, Gov. Tony Evers and their fellow Democrats have an extremely liberal idea of COVID relief.
As Fox News reports:
Dozens of cultural and educational institutions spent millions in taxpayers dollars from President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package to fund programs pushing social and climate justice.
The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, which the Democrats passed in March 2021 without any Republican support, was billed by the Democratic Party as an economic necessity for getting the country through the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), which received $135 million from the plan, announced last October that it had allocated $87.8 million in ARP funds to “nearly 300 cultural and educational institutions to help them recover from the economic impact of the pandemic, retain and rehire workers, and reopen sites, facilities, and programs.”
But many of the institutions were awarded grants for projects that had little to do with addressing recovery efforts from the pandemic, according to research from American Crossroads shared with and verified by Fox News Digital.
For instance, $499,023 went to the University of Montana for multiple programs on racial justice, including a public lecture series on “racial justice, death and Indigenous knowledge.”
Another $50,000 in ARP funds went to a nonprofit organization in the Northern Mariana Islands called 500 Sails for “reopening programs that teach Indigenous canoe-building and explore pre-colonial sea life.” The same nonprofit had already received more than $14,000 from two Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans established by the CARES Act in May 2020 and February 2021.
The NEH also awarded $471,905 in ARP funds to the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh for the “ongoing development” of an existing exhibit on Ancient Egypt, after the museum had already received $5.8 million in PPP recovery funds in April 2021.
A whopping $3.5 million was awarded to the nonprofit American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) for a grant program providing relief funds to colleges and universities across the country addressing “racial equity, climate change, international relations, pandemic recovery, and strengthening democracy.” Through that program, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, received a grant for its public humanities program that “advances social justice issues focused on three core tracks: public information, racial equity, and food and land justice.”
Wisconsin saw similar “COVID relief” expenditures from far left Gov. Tony Evers, who has had billions of dollars in federal funds at his disposal to pass out.
FPC Live, owners and promoters of Madison’s Sylvee and Majestic Theater, received the $395,000 COVID relief grant to help the Majestic bring Wisconsin’s capital city “She’s A Woman: Starring Miz Cracker.”
Miz Cracker is the stage name of Maxwell Heller, an American drag queen and television personality.
Evers dumped $82 million on his so-called Equitable Recovery Program, $31 million of that going to “organizations who hold economic, housing or environmental justice services.”
And the Democrat has awarded some $2.4 million in federal COVID relief to Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, a generous donor to the governor and Democratic Party campaign funds. Part of those funds came from the Equitable Recovery Program. Evers’ generosity may very well have broken the law. The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty argues he once again failed to get legislative approval for his new grant programs.