Nearly 60 religious organizations in northeast Indiana received loans of at least $150,000 from the federal Paycheck Protection Program in what one legal scholar called a “clear” violation of the U.S. Constitution and another described as “clearly permissible.”

Between $26 million and $64 million went to faith-based groups, churches and church-affiliated schools, colleges and other entities in the Fort Wayne area, according to data reviewed by The Journal Gazette. Loan amounts were reported in broad ranges by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
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