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Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris has indicated while campaigning in Michigan that only one Black-owned restaurant in the state received support through a federal COVID-19 relief program, an assertion that’s not true.

The U.S. senator from California who’s former Vice President Joe Biden’s running mate renewed the claim about the Paycheck Protection Program on Tuesday while visiting Flint and Detroit. The program, which has been criticized for how it’s treated minority-owned businesses, provided nearly $16 billion in forgivable loans for more than 120,000 Michigan entities by the end of June.

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at Headliners Barbershop in Detroit, Tuesday. (Photo: Paul Sancya, AP)

“I looked at the numbers in terms of the businesses, the small businesses, restaurants that received the benefit of the PPP in Michigan and only one Black restaurant received it of the hundreds of others that received it,” Harris told

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Attorney General William Barr in recent weeks has made a series of misleading or unfounded claims about the U.S. elections, vote by mail and voter fraud, alarming civil rights advocates who fear his comments will undermine confidence in the election and the rule of law.

Barr’s remarks — ranging from the debunked assertion that mail voting fraud is widespread to warning without evidence that foreign countries could possibly counterfeit ballots — are largely baseless, according to election experts and researchers interviewed by NBC News, and echo falsehoods pushed by President Donald Trump. The president has for months denigrated the increased use of mail voting during the coronavirus pandemic despite having voted by mail himself as recently as August.

Misinformation about the election, spread by the top law enforcement official in the country, is added cause for concern, some civil rights advocates said.

“It’s grossly irresponsible and actually really undermines the

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