Remember how Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin fought to keep private the names of those who received federal coronavirus funds intended for small businesses? The trillion or so was meant to keep people employed by small businesses at risk of bankruptcy.

Now we know why Mnuchin wanted to seal the books. The recipients included the politically powerful and members of the Kushner and Trump families. And many more with political connections.

Here’s one review by ProPublica.

Here’s a Daily Beast list of the politically connected who cashed in.

Thirty-five top law firms collected $169 million, including the firm of Daid Boies and Trump’s personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz.

Wall Street investment firms and insurance companies received billions of dollars.P

Trump supporter Kanye West collected millions for his business although he claims to be a billionaire.

CNBC has more details, including a link to the full list of recipients.

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s family’s business, Foremost Maritime, got a loan valued at between $350,000 and $1 million. Chao is the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Perdue Inc., a trucking company co-founded by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, was approved for $150,000 to $350,000 in loan money.

The Americans for Tax Reform, which opposes federal spending, and the Ayn Rand Institute, founded by anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist, received between $350,000-$1 million. Norquist opposes wasteful government spending unless he gets some.

The Paycheck Protection Program was a free-money party for those in the know.