Institute of Economic Affairs

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The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) is a Westminster-based think tank that has long boasted an ‘E’ rating ("No or negligible relevant information provided.") from WhoFundsYou and zero stars out of five from Transparify for funding transparency.[1] It officially holds charitable status, despite being proven to act as a front for offering political access to large American corporations.[2]

The IEA operates under a franchise of hard-right think tanks called the State Policy Network. As an associate member of this network they receive money from GlaxoSmithKline and State Healthcare; the Seale Freedom Trust correspondingly flaunts its aim to ‘reduce public sector services in healthcare’, including repealing Medicare in the US. To please their sponsors, the American 'journalist' Kate Andrews goes on a lot of BBC political programmes to advocate privatising the National Health Service.[3]

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