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Wed Jun 19, 2019, 11:25 AM

Meet the New York couple donating millions to the anti-vax movement

Source: Washington Post

Meet the New York couple donating millions to the anti-vax movement

By Lena H. Sun and Amy Brittain June 19 at 6:00 AM

A wealthy Manhattan couple has emerged as significant financiers of the anti-vaccine movement, contributing more than $3 million in recent years to groups that stoke fears about immunizations online and at live events — including two forums this year at the epicenter of measles outbreaks in New York’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community.

Hedge fund manager and philanthropist Bernard Selz and his wife, Lisa, have long donated to organizations focused on the arts, culture, education and the environment. But seven years ago, their private foundation embraced a very different cause: groups that question the safety and effectiveness of vaccines.

How the Selzes came to support anti-vaccine ideas is unknown, but their financial impact has been enormous. Their money has gone to a handful of determined individuals who have played an outsize role in spreading doubt and misinformation about vaccines and the diseases they prevent. The groups’ false claims linking vaccines to autism and other ailments, while downplaying the risks of measles, have led growing numbers of parents to shun the shots. As a result, health officials have said, the potentially deadly disease has surged to at least 1,044 cases this year, the highest number in nearly three decades.

The Selz Foundation provides roughly three-fourths of the funding for the Informed Consent Action Network, a three-year-old charity that describes its mission as promoting drug and vaccine safety and parental choice in vaccine decisions.

Lisa Selz serves as the group’s president, but its public face and chief executive is Del Bigtree, a former daytime television show producer who draws big crowds to public events. ...

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Eugene Jun 2019 OP
HopeAgain Jun 2019 #1
Aristus Jun 2019 #2
Karadeniz Jun 2019 #4
SWBTATTReg Jun 2019 #3
mahatmakanejeeves Jun 2019 #5
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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 11:34 AM

1. Criminals...

I wish only the worst for them, God knows how many people will suffer as a result of their arrogant stupidity.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 12:20 PM

2. Jesus. The most destructive force in the universe is money plus stupidity.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 01:47 PM

4. You need to patent that statement!

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 12:35 PM

3. Just wait...these orgs will be sued in a matter of time for supporting such outlandish claims...

I'm surprised that they haven't been yet (including the donors)...

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 01:54 PM

5. I was just about to post this.

Continuting:

Lisa Selz serves as the group’s president, but its public face and chief executive is Del Bigtree, a former daytime television show producer who draws big crowds to public events. Bigtree has no medical credentials but holds himself out as an expert on vaccine safety and promotes the idea that government officials have colluded with the pharmaceutical industry to cover up grievous harms from the drugs. In recent weeks, Bigtree has headlined forums in ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn and Rockland County, N.Y., both areas confronting large measles outbreaks.

“They should be allowed to have the measles if they want the measles,” Bigtree told reporters outside the Brooklyn meeting on June 4. “It’s crazy that there’s this level of intensity around a trivial childhood illness.”

Thanks largely to the Selzes’s donations, ICAN is now the best-funded among a trio of organizations that have amplified concerns about vaccines. ICAN brought in $1.4 million in revenue in 2017, with just over $1 million supplied by the Selz Foundation, according to tax filings.

The Selzes and the groups they support are hardly the only purveyors of anti-vaccine ideas. Environmental attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a nephew of the late president, runs the Children’s Health Defense, a charity that promotes a similar agenda; it brought in $727,000 in 2017, according to tax filings. Barbara Loe Fisher, who says her son was injured by vaccines, runs a Virginia-based nonprofit that combats legislative efforts to tighten vaccine requirements. Her group, the National Vaccine Information Center, brings in about $1 million a year, according to its 2018 tax documents.
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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2019, 03:00 AM

6. imagine the good that money could do

ugh

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