Documents Reveal Extent of Koch-Funded VA Privatization Group’s Influence

The Koch-funded group Concerned Veterans for America — which pushes for privatization of the Veterans Health Administration — has been around for less than a decade, but the full weight of its influence within the Trump administration is evident not just in federal policy but also in thousands of pages of public records.

Documents obtained by American Oversight in response to Freedom of Information Act requests and litigation contain numerous emails and records of meetings between CVA representatives and high-level Department of Veterans Affairs officials, as well as resumes of VA officials who formerly worked for CVA. Some of the correspondence contained briefing materials that the VA had initially redacted using the “interagency deliberation” exemption — essentially claiming that CVA was operating as an internal consultant — though the department eventually lifted those redactions.

CVA is backed by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch, and its rise in influence has been a subject of increasing concern. What was in recent years a small and obscure organization advocating for privatization of the nation’s largest health-care system has turned into what the Washington Post described as “one of the most muscular arms of the conservative Koch network,” with the political sway to shape national policy — and even help bring about cabinet-level changes.

 

Former Secretary Shulkin and CVA

Former VA Secretary David Shulkin was fired in March 2018 because he reportedly stood in the way of “political forces” that stood to benefit from a shrunken health-care system that had long been under attack by conservatives. An April 2018 Washington Post article said that Shulkin’s firing “underscores the growing clout that CVA is wielding in the Trump era through a national grass-roots network and sympathetic officials in the White House.”

Early in his tenure, however, Shulkin seemed to recognize CVA’s political pull and met with the organization on at least two occasions. Calendars obtained by American Oversight include an entry for a June 28, 2017, meeting that CVA had requested. At the time, Shulkin was reportedly in CVA’s good books, and the background materials provided for the meeting include a statement from CVA praising the secretary for his recent testimony before the Senate. The background material also included a note from Shulkin’s staff that said: “The White House has included CVA in its meetings and they’ve become more supportive of VA. However, traditional VSO [veterans service organizations] remain skeptical of the organization and don’t consider them a VSO.”

Veterans service organizations (VSOs) like the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) have indeed long been wary of efforts to privatize veterans’ health care. Shulkin himself had co-authored a 2017 book called Best Care Everywhere that outlined multiple VA success stories. The publication has predictably not been touted by the administration — or even by Shulkin himself, who had previously served in the Obama administration as the under secretary for veterans affairs.

The day after meeting with CVA, Shulkin met with former Senator Bill Frist. The meeting had been arranged by Darin Selnick, a senior VA official who had worked for CVA prior to joining the Trump administration. (This past February, ProPublica reported that the VA had been paying for Selnick to commute twice a month from California to Washington, D.C., running up a taxpayer tab of $13,000 over three months.)

In July 2017, Shulkin sent an email to, presumably, Dan Caldwell, who was then CVA’s policy director and later executive director. Shulkin praised Caldwell for a recent Fox News appearance: “I saw your interview and town hall on fox and think you did a really nice job,” Shulkin wrote. “I think your setting the right tone to keep focus on the important issues but showing the President and I your constructive support for our reforms. It’s not easy as you know- lots of resisters are out there-but like you said im optimistic.”

Shulkin made his own appearance on Fox a few months later in a Veterans Day interview with Pete Hegseth, a Fox News host who had served as CVA’s executive director until 2016. And in December, Shulkin again met with CVA.

By the spring of 2018, however, Shulkin appeared to have lost the backing of CVA. The secretary had been publicly in favor of the June 2017 VA accountability bill — which President Donald Trump had signed “while flanked by CVA officials” — but reportedly wasn’t supportive of the group’s efforts to advance legislation allowing for more VA privatization. And in February, Shulkin was the subject of a scandal involving his misuse of taxpayer money on a European trip the previous year.

In an email sent on March 1, 2018, Caldwell congratulated VA official Peter O’Rourke for his recent appointment as chief of staff, and expressed his “hope that the VA can move past the recent drama.” Caldwell included a link to a USA Today article that had been published the day before about how one of Shulkin’s deputies, John Ullyot, had lobbied Congress to pressure the White House to fire Shulkin in a call initiated by VA Press Secretary Curt Cashour. In his email, Caldwell defended Cashour, saying he could “never see him doing what is described in the above article. … He never asked me or anyone else at CVA to help push the Secretary out.” Caldwell also refers to a call he had with Shulkin the previous week.

Less than a month later, Shulkin was shown the door. O’Rourke would serve for two months as acting secretary before Robert Wilkie took over in the summer, and then spent months on the payroll doing little work until he was forced out in December.

 

Wilkie Embraces CVA

Under Wilkie, the VA maintained its consistent contact with CVA. While serving as acting secretary, Wilkie participated in an April 2018 breakfast with representatives of major VSOs and other VA officials, including Chief of Staff Peter O’Rourke. Correspondence about the breakfast included a proposed seating chart (note: the month at the top is incorrect) that places the CVA representative — Dan Caldwell — directly across from Wilkie and O’Rourke. CVA had not previously been invited to such events in the past, and a VA official shared the invite list with CVA.

In another email, a VA official defended CVA’s participation in the breakfast: “Just like the other comparable Veterans groups that attended, CVA represents an important voice on Veterans issues.” But in the email exchange among VA employees about the seating chart, one official said, “Shoot, I wanted to uninvite iava,” referring to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, a nonpartisan group that had sometimes been critical of the administration.

Less than a month after the April 2018 breakfast, Wilkie met with Caldwell again. And in November, a year after Shulkin was on Fox News, Wilkie made his own appearance in an interview with Pete Hegseth.

(The VA isn’t the only federal agency at which Hegseth — who was recently in the news for having privately lobbied Trump to pardon U.S. servicemen accused of war crimes — appears to have influence. He also shows up as a contact in a Defense Department official’s phone book.)

Based on the documents American Oversight continues to receive in response to its records requests, it seems that CVA’s influence in Wilkie’s VA is as strong as ever. In January of this year, Caldwell was included on the invite list for another VSO meeting, along with representatives from the American Legion and the VFW.

 

CVA’s Close Involvement in VA Policymaking

In many of the CVA-related documents American Oversight obtained, the VA redacted the substance of communications under an exemption explicitly reserved for deliberations among agency employees or internal consultants. While the department eventually lifted these redactions, the use of FOIA’s Exemption 5 is a clear indication of CVA’s inside track within the administration. For example, in one instance, the VA obscured an entire CVA assessment from April 2017 about draft legislation.

The VA provided more records in response to American Oversight’s requests, and many of these improper redactions were gradually lifted. But a December 2018 email exchange between Caldwell and a VA official reveals the group’s continuing close involvement in VA policymaking.

In the initial message, the official mentioned a January meeting in Washington, D.C., and told Caldwell about the COVER Commission’s February trip to Arizona. “Given your experience with Veterans issues in the state, I wanted to reach out to see if there are any groups, non-profits, public entities, or state/local level programs we should meet with/evaluate,” the official wrote, and asked Caldwell that he “keep these items close hold while we notify our other VSO partners and publish the notice of meeting.” Caldwell responded with thanks and suggests arranging “a time to chat.”

 

Outside Influences Infiltrating the VA

Since Trump’s election, the Veterans Affairs Department has been yet another federal agency where moneyed external influences have eagerly intervened. Another example of such interference within the VA is that of the so-called Mar-a-Lago crowd — three members of Trump’s private club in Florida who have acted with the authority of high-ranking officials without holding any formal government positions.

Documents uncovered by American Oversight reveal that not only were these three associates (Ike Perlmutter, Bruce Moskowitz and Marc Sherman) involved in frequent high-level policy matters, but top VA officials, including Shulkin, used personal email to communicate with the trio. Another set of documents reveal May 2017 correspondence between two of the Mar-a-Lago members — Moskowitz and Sherman — and Darin Selnick, the VA official who had previously worked for CVA. And while the VA had lifted its internal-deliberations redactions on much of the CVA-related documents, it left such redactions on many of the communications of the Mar-a-Lago trio — another way such well-connected private citizens have been allowed to act with the authority of high-ranking officials without holding any formal government positions or being subject to the ethics requirements.

Former Secretary Shulkin’s ouster last year is just one of the many cabinet shakeups that have been a hallmark of the Trump administration. But as those government officials come and go, private associates of the president and Koch-funded organizations devoted to privatizing veterans’ health care have remained. We’re continuing to investigate the political sway these outside influences have exerted on federal policy that affects millions of Americans.

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Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Treasury, Department of Veterans Affairs, DHS - Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Prisons, Florida Department of Corrections, General Services Administration, Georgia - Albany-Dougherty County, Georgia - Chatham County, Georgia - Cobb County, Georgia - DeKalb County, Georgia - Fulton County, Georgia - Gwinnett County, Georgia - Macon-Bibb County, Georgia - Muscogee County, Georgia - Richmond County, Georgia Department of Community Health, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, HHS - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, HHS - National Institutes of Health, Illinois - Cook County, Office of Management and Budget, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Texas Health and Human Services, USDA - Food Safety and Inspection Service, VA - Veterans Health Administration, Washington - King County
April 23, 2020

An Update on American Oversight’s Coronavirus Investigation: New Lawsuits and Requests

Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of the Treasury, DHS - Federal Emergency Management Agency, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, HHS - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Treasury - Internal Revenue Service, USDA - Food Safety and Inspection Service
April 17, 2020

News Roundup: Who Stands to Gain?

Department of Agriculture, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of the Treasury, Department of Veterans Affairs, Federal Reserve, Florida, Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, Florida Department of Health, Florida Division of Emergency Management, Florida Office of the Governor, Georgia - Tybee Island City, Georgia Department of Administrative Services, Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia Office of the Governor, Georgia Secretary of State, Small Business Administration, Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs, Wisconsin Senate, Wisconsin State Assembly
April 10, 2020

News Roundup: Corruption and Coronavirus

Commerce - Census Bureau, Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of the Treasury, DHS - Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DHS - United States Secret Service, DOD - U.S. Department of the Navy, DOJ - Executive Office for Immigration Review, DOJ - Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, DOJ - Justice Management Division, DOJ - Office of Information Policy, DOJ - Office of Legal Counsel, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, HHS - Indian Health Service, Nevada Department of Administration, Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Social Security Administration, U.S. Agency for International Development
April 10, 2020

American Oversight Sues for Coronavirus-Related Records

Department of Health and Human Services, HHS - Food and Drug Administration
April 3, 2020

News Roundup: Whose Stockpile, and Which States?

California Office of the Governor, Central Intelligence Agency, Commerce - Bureau of Industry and Security, Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of State, Department of the Treasury, DHS - Federal Emergency Management Agency, Florida - Broward County, Florida - Duval County, Florida - Gadsden County, Florida - Hendry County, Florida - Jackson County, Florida - Leon County, Florida - Miami-Dade County, Florida - Osceola County, Florida Office of the Governor, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, HHS - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, New York Office of the Governor, Office of Management and Budget, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Ohio Office of the Governor, Oklahoma Department of Health, Oklahoma Office of the Governor, Texas Attorney General, Texas Office of the Governor, Washington - King County, Washington Office of the Governor
March 30, 2020

‘We Are Flying Blind’: Health Officials’ Late February Emails Show Rising Coronavirus Concerns

Washington - King County
March 28, 2020

A Pandemic Is No Time for Secrecy

March 27, 2020

News Roundup: Transparency and Oversight Are More Important Than Ever

Department of Commerce, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Treasury, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DOJ - Executive Office for Immigration Review, DOJ - Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, DOJ - National Security Division, DOJ - U.S. Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Election Commission, Florida Attorney General, Florida Department of State, Florida Office of the Governor, General Services Administration, Georgia - Bartow County, Georgia - Cobb County, Georgia - DeKalb County, Georgia - Fulton County, Georgia - Gwinnett County, Georgia Office of the Governor, Georgia Secretary of State, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Office of Management and Budget, Office of Personnel Management, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Tennessee Valley Authority, Texas Attorney General, Texas Office of the Governor, Texas Secretary of State
March 24, 2020

We Cannot Let Trump Use a National Emergency to Get Rich and Ignore the Constitution

Congress, White House
March 23, 2020

CDC Calendars from 2018 and 2019: Pandemic-Related Briefings and Meetings

HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
March 20, 2020

News Roundup: Testing, Messaging and Missed Chances

Department of Commerce, Department of Justice, Department of the Treasury, DOJ - Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, Federal Communications Commission, Florida Attorney General, Georgia Attorney General, Nevada Department of Administration, Office of Management and Budget, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Texas - Harris County, Texas Attorney General
March 20, 2020

An Update on American Oversight’s Coronavirus Investigation

Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of State, Department of the Treasury, Department of Transportation, Department of Veterans Affairs, DHS - Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Prisons, Federal Reserve, HHS - Administration for Children and Families, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, HHS - National Institutes of Health, New York Office of the Governor, New York State Department of Health, Office of Management and Budget, Texas Department of State Health Services, U.S. Agency for International Development, Washington - King County, Washington State Department of Health, Wisconsin Department of Health Services
March 13, 2020

News Roundup: Continuing Our Investigation of Coronavirus Response

Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of State, Department of the Treasury, Federal Reserve, Georgia Secretary of State, Texas Secretary of State, Washington State Department of Health, Wisconsin
March 6, 2020

News Roundup: Rising Coronavirus Fears and Sinking Public Trust

Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of State, Department of the Interior, Department of the Treasury, Department of Transportation, Department of Veterans Affairs, DHS - Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DOI - Bureau of Land Management, DOJ - Criminal Division, DOJ - Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, DOJ - Office of Information Policy, Federal Reserve, Georgia - Cobb County, Georgia - Gwinnett County, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia Department of Driver Services, Georgia Secretary of State, HHS - Administration for Children and Families, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, HHS - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, HHS - National Institutes of Health, Office of Management and Budget, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Texas - Briscoe County, Texas - Freestone County, Texas - Hall County, Texas - Hill County, Texas - Hood County, Texas - Jones County, Texas - Kendall County, Texas - Lavaca County, Texas - Leon County, Texas - Limestone County, Texas - Loving County, Texas - Morris County, Texas - Scurry County, Texas - Starr County, Texas - Swisher County, Texas - Victoria County, Texas Secretary of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, VA - Veterans Health Administration, Washington - King County, Washington State Department of Health
March 2, 2020

In the Documents: Read the Script for an HHS Anti-Obamacare Ad That Was Apparently Never Released

Department of Health and Human Services
February 28, 2020

News Roundup: Launching Our Investigation of Trump’s Authoritarian Purges

Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of State, DOD - National Security Agency, DOI - Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation, Florida - Hillsborough County, Florida - Leon County, Florida Department of State, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
February 21, 2020

News Roundup: The Post-Impeachment Purge and the Knock of Authoritarianism

Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of State, Department of the Interior, Department of the Treasury, DHS - United States Secret Service, DOI - Fish and Wildlife Service, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, Office of Management and Budget, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
February 14, 2020

News Roundup: Trump Has Learned His ‘Lesson’

Central Intelligence Agency, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Treasury, Department of Transportation, DOJ - Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, DOJ - Office of Information Policy, Federal Reserve, Florida House of Representatives, Florida Senate, Georgia - Cobb County, Georgia - DeKalb County, Georgia - Fulton County, Georgia - Gwinnett County, Georgia Secretary of State, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Kentucky Office of the Governor, U.S. Election Assistance Commission, Wisconsin Senate, Wisconsin State Assembly
January 17, 2020

News Roundup: The Evidence Continues to Mount

Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, Department of State, Environmental Protection Agency, Georgia - Clayton County, Georgia - Hancock County, Georgia - Jefferson County, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services
September 6, 2019

News Roundup: Trump’s Enthusiastic Support for New Drug Raises Questions

Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Treasury, Department of Transportation, Department of Veterans Affairs, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation, Environmental Protection Agency, Georgia Department of Driver Services, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, Securities and Exchange Commission, Texas Attorney General, White House - Council on Environmental Quality
August 27, 2019

Investigating HHS Secretary Alex Azar’s Connections to Pharmaceutical Companies

Department of Health and Human Services
August 13, 2019

More Examples of Personal Email Use and Heavy-Handed Outside Influence at the VA

Department of Veterans Affairs
May 30, 2019

Trump Administration Appeals Court Decision Ordering It to Turn Over Communications with Congress About ACA Sabotage

Congress, Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Management and Budget
April 2, 2019

Federal Judge Rejects Administration’s Argument for Withholding Communications with Congress about ACA Sabotage

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Management and Budget
March 8, 2019

Watchdogs Sue HHS Following Women’s Health Website Overhaul

Department of Health and Human Services
March 1, 2019

HHS Secretary Azar Calendars Show Multiple Meetings with Conservative Health-Care Groups

Department of Health and Human Services
February 21, 2019

New Lawsuit Seeks HHS Communications with Anti-Abortion Groups

Department of Health and Human Services
March 9, 2018

American Oversight Sues HHS and CMS for Verma Ethics Records

Department of Health and Human Services, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services
October 17, 2017

Health Care Lawsuit: Fighting for Transparency

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Management and Budget
September 15, 2017

Congress Enters Legal Fight to Block Release of Obamacare Repeal Emails

Congress, Department of Health and Human Services
September 13, 2017

“News to Me!” – Inside the Health Care Emails

Office of Management and Budget
September 7, 2017

Third Set of Health Care Emails Again Shows Trump Administration Effort to Hide Negotiations

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Management and Budget
August 2, 2017

New Health Care Documents Show Effort to Hide Details of Negotiations

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Management and Budget
July 20, 2017

American Oversight Sues HHS and OMB For Secret Trump Letter Outlining Plan to Weaken Obamacare

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Management and Budget, White House
May 4, 2017

Watchdog Files Lawsuit, Seeks Injunction for HHS, OMB Health Care Negotiation Record

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Management and Budget
March 23, 2017

American Oversight Demands Release of Secret Health Care Negotiations

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Management and Budget