Concerned Veterans for America
Arlington, Virginia-based Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) bills itself as a 501(c)(4) non-partisan, non-profit, grassroots organization dedicated to advocating for “policies that will preserve freedom and prosperity that we and our families so proudly fought and sacrificed to defend.” CVA tries to present itself to the public as a traditional Veterans Service Organization (VSO) fighting for the needs of vets. However, their Koch-financed agenda has put them at odds with every major VSO including: The American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans Of Foreign Wars Of The United States, Paralyzed Veterans Of America, Military Order Of The Purple Heart, AMVETS, Vietnam Veterans Of America, and Iraq And Afghanistan Veterans Of America.
Originally organized under the name “Vets For Economic Freedom Trust,” CVA promotes proposals that are extremely conservative in nature and almost exclusively concerned with promoting smaller government, even when that conflicts with the expressed wishes of the veteran community. Whether it is their plan to privatize the Department of Veterans Affairs or to move Military Retirement to a private 401(k)-type system, Concerned Veterans for America stands strongly opposed to policies for which virtually ever major veterans’ group fights.
Despite its claims of nonpartisanship, Koch-back Concerned Veterans for America was founded in 2011 by GOP up-and-comer and current Fox New commentator Pete Hegseth and is almost exclusively engaged in partisan politics. CVA not only has expended great effort on shaping and advancing the republican legislative agenda, but they have also spent millions of dollars on electioneering, particularly in swing states and in competitive House districts. After spending at least $7 million to influence the 2014 midterm elections, CVA has already spent at least $2.6 million on the 2016 cycle. They are also poised to spend much more with their “Target the Debt” campaign, centering on four states with crucial Senate races this fall: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Nevada.
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