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“The pandemic’s harm to Great Northern should qualify it to compete in any government-aid program for businesses that have been affected by Covid-19. And yet the company is ineligible to receive a grant from the Fund because its owner is not Black,” the company wrote in its complaint, which was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Portland.
Conservative legal strategist Edward Blum, who has led high-profile challenges to the federal Voting Rights Act and to racial considerations in college admissions, said his organization is funding Great Northern’s lawsuit. The suit does not name the logging company’s owners, but Blum said they are white.