New data released by the Small Business Administration shows controversial YouTuber Jake Paul received a PPP bailout loan of $34,800 in April 2020.
The loan was accepted by Team 10, Inc., the content company Paul operates out of his $7 million mansion where he threw large parties in the weeks after receiving federal money.
Paul told Insider he wasn't going to "sit around and not live [his] life" when asked about his large gatherings that violated local coronavirus guidelines. He also referred to the disease as a "hoax" in an interview with the Daily Beast, but later walked back his false claim.
Despite his poor record on COVID-19 safety and his statement that the pandemic was a "hoax," controversial YouTuber and boxer Jake Paul accepted a $34,800 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) bailout loan from the federal government in April.
New data on PPP loans less than $150,000 were released by the Small Business Administration (SBA) on December 1, and nonpartisan watchdog organization Accountable.US compiled the data in a searchable database.
The PPP was designed "for small businesses" as a means to keep their workers on the payroll during the pandemic, which has roiled the US economy, according to the SBA. Paul's Team 10 employs videographers, editors, managers, and other content creators. The YouTuber-turned-boxer didn't stop working - or partying - in the weeks that followed him accepting federal money.
In fact, Paul drew criticism from local officials for throwing large gatherings with dozens of maskless guests and influencers at his Calabasas mansion. He told Insider in July that he wasn't going to "sit around and not live [his] life," adding that the US "leadership is failing us" in addressing the pandemic.
More recently, in November, Paul told the Daily Beast that he thinks "the disease is a hoax." After receiving widespread criticism, Paul walked back his false claim and said COVID-19 is real.
Shortly after his Daily Beast interview, Paul participated in a highly-viewed boxing match with NBA player Nate Robinson. He KO'ed his opponent, winning $600 in prize money - but an estimated hundreds of thousands more in his share of pay-per-view revenue, since the fight cost $50 to watch.
Paul has also continued to bring in significant income from his merchandise, advertising revenue on his YouTube videos, streaming revenue from his rap music releases, and more. His most recent Forbes estimate was in 2017 and valued him at over $11 million, though he has created new revenue streams since.
In a statement provided to Insider, Accountable.US attributed Paul's PPP loan to "flaws in the program's design and implementation" that allowed influencers to profit from the relief program while some small businesses were unable to secure loans, causing many to close their doors across the country.
"As small businesses struggled to stay afloat, the Trump administration let taxpayers bankroll Jake Paul and his social media squad to vlog and hang around their multi-million-dollar Calabasas house," Accountable.US President Kyle Herrig said in a statement.
Paul didn't respond to Insider's request for comment.
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