Expand the PPP program to include 501(c)(6) non-profits like local Chambers of Commerce.

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Manny Sarmiento started this petition to Senator Marco Rubio and

501(c)(6) organizations include regional chambers of commerce, tourism and hospitality associations, medical associations, certified public accountant societies, state legal societies, state restaurant associations, groups representing law enforcement, among many others. Many of these 501(c)(6) organizations, especially Chambers of Commerce, are filling an essential role on the front lines of our nation’s COVID-19 response, providing their members with services and guidance necessary to help them through this challenging time.

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a powerful program to support small businesses and some non-profits as they deal with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we have concerns that PPP’s eligibility criteria have shut out some worthy non-profits that are listed under section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code, especially Chambers of Commerce. 

Many Chambers of Commerce that have been impacted by COVID-19 and are concerned that they will be unable to carry out their missions. Many Chambers are struggling because of significant declines or uncertainty in their membership dues resulting from COVID-19, and many have had to cancel major events that they rely on for funding. We’re hopeful that as you consider modifications to the PPP, you will expand the program to include 501(c)(6) non-profits that do not engage in substantial federal campaign or lobbying activities and can demonstrate
economic hardship, such as Chambers of Commerce.

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