The Small Business Administration told restaurants Wednesday night that on July 14 it will shut down the portal for businesses to apply for pandemic relief through the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, after it failed to provide grants to more than two-thirds of applicants for the aid.


FIRST IN PI — ACCOUNTABLE.US CALLS FOR PROBE OF PERDUE LAND DEAL: Liberal watchdog group Accountable.US is joining calls for an investigation into former Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s purchase of a grain storage plant from agriculture giant Archer-Daniels-Midland for a fraction of what the land was worth just after being nominated to head the USDA. The transaction was chronicled in a Washington Post investigative report this week after the group tipped off the paper to the sale, and its publication quickly raised ethics concerns about whether ADM, a lobbying force in Washington, was seeking to curry favor with the likely secretary — an accusation the company denied.

— The watchdog sent letters today to DOJ’s chief of the Public Integrity Section, as well as the leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture committees; the House USDA operations subcommittee; the House Oversight Committee and Government Operations Subcommittee; and the Senate Homeland Security and Permanent Subcommittee On Investigations, asking officials to “examine whether Archer-Daniels-Midland benefited from any inappropriate special treatment during Perdue’s time with the Trump administration.”