Senate hopeful Jim Lamon ripped Capitol Hill spending, but his company got COVID-19 relief

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By Yvonne Wingett Sanchez |Arizona Republic

Republican Jim Lamon, who entered Arizona’s GOP U.S. Senate race this week, suggested Congress was spending excessively to deal with the pandemic’s economic fallout.

In an announcement video, Lamon lamented the power “to spend so much money, our grandchildren will struggle to pay off the debt” while an on-screen headline noted that Congress has already spent $4 trillion in COVID-19 relief spending. 

But records show his own company, Depcom Power, received $2.6 million in relief last year from the Paycheck Protection Program, intended by Congress to provide some economic reprieve for payroll, rent, mortgage interest or utilities. Lamon is the founder and chairman of the Scottsdale-based solar engineering and construction company.

The company was among the thousands of Arizona businesses that received federal aid.

Lamon did not respond Wednesday to The Arizona Republic’s attempts to reach him for comment.

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