Charles Koch

How a Koch-backed veterans group gained influence in Trump's Washington

How a Koch-backed veterans group gained influence in Trump's Washington

As Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin battled last month to keep his job, his fate hinged in part on a once-obscure advocacy group backed by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch.

In the end, Shulkin's refusal to pursue greater outsourcing of health care for veterans - the top priority of the Koch-backed Concerned Veterans for America - further alienated him from the group's allies in the Trump administration and contributed to his ouster, according to officials familiar with the situation.

The VA secretary's fall underscores the growing clout that CVA is wielding in the Trump era through a national grass-roots network and sympathetic officials in the White...

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