Coalition to Protect American Workers

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The Coalition to Protect American Workers (CPAW) is a right-wing, anti-tax group founded by Koch operative Marc Short, who previously served as former Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff and former President Donald Trump's White House legislative affairs director.

The group plans to raise up to $25 million to prevent Joe Biden's infrastructure package from passing Congress.[1] Biden's legislation would "amount to the biggest set of tax increases since 1993 to help pay for infrastructure, clean-energy and social initiatives, including restoring the Obama-era 28% corporate tax rate that former President Donald Trump’s tax plan cut to 21%. It would also increase the top personal income tax rate to 39.6% for those households earning $400,000 a year or more."[2]

News and Controversies

Ad Buys Target Swing Districts, Moderate Democrats

CPAW has targeted moderate Democratic members of Congress in swing states and swing districts, including New Jersey's 5th District, Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux (D-Ga.), Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Pa.), and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ).[1][3]

Ties to the Koch Brothers

From 2011 to 2016, CPAW's Short was the president of the Kochs' Freedom Partners. In that role, he oversaw the spending of grants from that Koch donor organization, which amounted to over $250 million in 2012.[4]

Short, Freedom Partners’s Kevin Gentry and Americans for Prosperity’s Tim Phillips have been characterized as “the Koch’s liaisons to Washington’s professional conservative class.”[5]

Koch Wiki

Charles Koch is the right-wing billionaire owner of Koch Industries. As one of the richest people in the world, he is a key funder of the right-wing infrastructure, including the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the State Policy Network (SPN). In SourceWatch, key articles on Charles Koch and his late brother David include: Koch Brothers, Americans for Prosperity, Stand Together Chamber of Commerce, Stand Together, Koch Family Foundations, Koch Universities, and I360.


Unavailable as of May 2021.

Core Financials

Unavailable as of May 2021.


Articles and Resources

Related SourceWatch


  1. 1.0 1.1 Hans Nichols, "Conservative group targets Biden IRS plan", Axios, May 19, 2021, accessed May 25, 2021.
  2. Mark Niquette, "Ex-Pence Aide Helps Lead GOP Assault Against Biden Tax Increases", Bloomberg, March 30, 2021, accessed May 25, 2021.
  3. Mark Phillips, "New ad campaign targets Senator Sinema and her future vote on Biden infrastructure plan", ABC15 Arizona, April 16, 2021, accessed May 25, 2021.
  4. Mike Allen and Jim Vandehei, Exclusive: The Koch brothers' secret bank, Politico, September 11, 2013.
  5. Kenneth P. Vogel and Tarini Parti, Inside Koch world, Politico, June 15, 2012.