Many people in government–including President Trump and several Congresspeople–have expressed dismay about the ‘stimulus’ checks sent to organizations such as Harvard University and Shake Shack. I haven’t observed much curiosity, though, about why these checks got sent out in the first place.
Was the CARES act so written as to require money to be sent to such organization? I haven’t read through this very large document, but here it is if anyone feels inspired to do so.
Was the language of the law so ambiguous that it was interpreted by the detailed implementers as requiring such funding, even though that was not Congressional intent?
Was it simply a matter of a coding error in a program that had to be written or modified very hastily in order to send out millions of checks?
I’m curious about the lack of curiosity re this matter.