How Charles Koch’s Radical Free Market Ideology Is Contributing to America’s Disastrous Response to COVID-19 and IWF Is Too

Charles Koch, CEO of Koch Industries, is receiving credit for launching a COVID-19 relief fund, as he urged a “distinctly American response” of private charity — and not public benefits — to address this deadly pandemic.... Koch-funded groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Independent Women’s Forum (IWF), and AFP have been relentless in their efforts to kill the ability of Americans to enroll in the ACA’s health exchanges and they’ve also helped…

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The “Independent” Women’s Forum Again Tries to Block Federal Efforts to Help Families Weather the Covid-19 Storm

Twice in the past month the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) has taken to the pages of The Hill to oppose legislation that would greatly improve the lives of American women and men dealing with the fallout from the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. Both times, IWF urged Congress to reject providing Americans, who face levels of unemployment unseen since the Great Depression, with an additional $600…

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Investigation: How the “Independent” Women’s Forum Targeted Women in Key States and Claimed a Decisive Role in Donald Trump’s 2016 Win

True North Research has released a new report documenting how a group calling itself the “Independent Women’s Voice” used its “independent” branding to target women in key states in the weeks before the 2016 election. Behind the scenes, the group claimed it played a decisive role in moving women toward Trump, citing a double-digit shift in polling in Wisconsin. Read…

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Pay-to-Play: IWF Defends e-Cigs without Disclosing Funding from e-Cig Industry

The Independent Women’s Forum has published more than a dozen posts advocating for deregulation of e-cigarettes and promoting the benefits of vaping since 2018. Those pieces downplay the adverse health effects of nicotine, an addictive substance derived from tobacco plants which has been linked to heart disease. But there is much more to this story. By Evan Vorpahl and Lisa Graves Some of…

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Independent Women’s Forum and Voice Use “Independent” Brand for Right-Wing Agenda

The Independent Women’s Forum and its 501(c)(4) affiliate, the Independent Women’s Voice, market themselves to the media and voters as “non-partisan,” “independent,” and “neutral.” However, a new investigation of the groups by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) reveals them to be anything but that. Joan Walsh in the Nation broke this story today along with other new details about these not-so independent…

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