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Long ties to Koch brothers key to Cain's campaign
Yahoo News ^ | 16 Oct 2011 | RYAN J. FOLEY

Posted on 10/16/2011 7:53:02 AM PDT by mandaladon

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain has cast himself as the outsider, the pizza magnate with real-world experience who will bring fresh ideas to the nation's capital. But Cain's economic ideas, support and organization have close ties to two billionaire brothers who bankroll right-leaning causes through their group Americans for Prosperity.

Cain's campaign manager and a number of aides have worked for Americans for Prosperity, or AFP, the advocacy group founded with support from billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, which lobbies for lower taxes and less government regulation and spending. Cain credits a businessman who served on an AFP advisory board with helping devise his "9-9-9" plan to rewrite the nation's tax code. And his years of speaking at AFP events have given the businessman and radio host a network of loyal grassroots fans.

The once little-known businessman's political activities are getting fresh scrutiny these days since he soared to the top of some national polls.

His links to the Koch brothers could undercut his outsider, non-political image among tea party fans who detest politics as usual and candidates connected with the party machine.

AFP tapped Cain as the public face of its "Prosperity Expansion Project," and he traveled the country in 2005 and 2006 speaking to activists who were starting state-based AFP chapters from Wisconsin to Virginia. Through his AFP work he met Mark Block, a longtime Wisconsin Republican operative hired to lead that state's AFP chapter in 2005 as he rebounded from an earlier campaign scandal that derailed his career.

Block and Cain sometimes traveled together as they built up AFP: Cain was the charismatic speaker preaching the ills of big government; Block was the operative helping with nuts and bolts.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: americans4prosperity; cain; charleskoch; davidkoch; elections; hermancain; kochbrothers; markblock
When President Barack Obama's election helped spawn the tea party, Cain was positioned to take advantage. He became a draw at growing AFP-backed rallies, impressing activists with a mix of humor and hard-hitting rhetoric against Obama's stimulus, health care and budget policies.................... The Rats are on the attack, Cain must be doing something right.
1 posted on 10/16/2011 7:53:07 AM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

Foley: O’Donnell protege.


2 posted on 10/16/2011 7:56:39 AM PDT by gimme1ibertee ("Criticism......brings attention to an unhealthy state of things"-Winston Churchill)
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To: mandaladon

That “Americans for Prosperity” organization sounds sinister. I’d much rather support a candidate affiliated with “Americans for Poverty”.


3 posted on 10/16/2011 7:56:48 AM PDT by Joann37
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To: mandaladon

Leftists will ALWAYS tell you who they fear.


4 posted on 10/16/2011 7:59:30 AM PDT by Grunthor (BEAT OBAMA WITH A CAIN!)
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To: mandaladon
Cai 2 The Rats at HuffPost are getting all worked up their attention is now focus on Herman.
5 posted on 10/16/2011 8:00:34 AM PDT by mandaladon (PalinGenesis)
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To: mandaladon

The media has been claiming all along that the Kochs have been paying the TEA Party protestors.

If that were true, then why would Kochs support of Cain be problem with the TEA Party followers?

Oh....silly me. It must be because the Koch Brothers are racists.


6 posted on 10/16/2011 8:00:43 AM PDT by digger48
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To: Joann37
I’d much rather support a candidate affiliated with “Americans for Poverty”.

Oh, no! Another poverty pimp! ;)

7 posted on 10/16/2011 8:00:59 AM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: mandaladon

Ohh, Pa-leeeeze!...


8 posted on 10/16/2011 8:01:37 AM PDT by dps.inspect (the system is rigged...)
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To: mandaladon

Ohh, Pa-leeeeze!...


9 posted on 10/16/2011 8:01:37 AM PDT by dps.inspect (the system is rigged...)
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To: mandaladon

Ohh, Pa-leeeeze!...


10 posted on 10/16/2011 8:01:37 AM PDT by dps.inspect (the system is rigged...)
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To: mandaladon
His links to the Koch brothers could undercut his outsider, non-political image among tea party fans who detest politics as usual and candidates connected with the party machine.

I doubt it. And I would hardly call the Koch brothers "the party machine". What I detest is journalism-as-usual.

11 posted on 10/16/2011 8:03:01 AM PDT by BfloGuy (Even the opponents of Socialism are dominated by socialist ideas.)
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To: mandaladon

Before the Wisconsin recalls, I had never heard of the Koch brothers. Now they are the boogeyman in every news article.


12 posted on 10/16/2011 8:03:42 AM PDT by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: Joann37
The Koch brothers are great Americans. They earned their money they can do with it as they please.

I have donated what I can afford to the Herman Cain campaign. I wish I had more to help him on his way to the POTUS.

I wonder what the Liberals would do if Rush decided to endorse Cain? Call him a right-wing Conservative?

Some of this stuff is old news.

13 posted on 10/16/2011 8:07:22 AM PDT by not2worry
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To: mandaladon

Strange, I don’t recall seeing articles in the lamestream media connecting billionaire George Soros to candidate Obama.


14 posted on 10/16/2011 8:07:31 AM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: mandaladon

So remind us again just what crime were the Koch brothers charged and or convicted of?

Soros, aka Jorge Schwartz, turns his jewish countrymen in to the Nazis knowing they would be sent to concentration camps, and is still unrepentant about doing so, and we have to hear about the EVIL businessmen who commit the utopian crime of supporting smaller government?

Stuff it Liberals, you lying hypocritical bastards!

It is perfectly within Herman’s nature to tell them exactly that when appearing for a live interview, just to shake things up even more than they already are.


15 posted on 10/16/2011 8:08:58 AM PDT by mazda77 (and I am a Native Texan)
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To: mandaladon

Did you know that Herman Cain and the Koch brothers were in the same state at the same time 4 years ago? I bet you didn't! Coincidence? I don't think so!

Did you know that Herman Cain and the Koch brothers both stayed in the same hotel room in New York City a mere 1 year apart? I bet you didn't! Coincidence? I don't think so!

Did you know that Herman Cain's cousin's uncle's grandson's stock broker is also the Koch brother's cousin's uncle's grandson's stock broker? I bet you didn't! Coincidence? I don't think so!

Did you know that the guy that Herman Cain bought his dog from once worked for a guy that bought a car from another guy that was the 3rd cousin on his dad side who ALSO was the 6th cousin to the Koch brothers on his mom's side? I bet you didn't! Coincidence? I don't think so!

16 posted on 10/16/2011 8:10:48 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: mandaladon

This is hilarious - Herman Cain is “bad” because some wealthy conservatives are supporting him (among all the other many conservative individuals and groups), while George Soros’s support, CAIR, ACLU, and every other “left-wing” group’s support to Obama is “ok” (I guess).


17 posted on 10/16/2011 8:11:11 AM PDT by Nevadan
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To: mandaladon
... through their group Americans for Prosperity

. ... campaign manager and a number of aides have worked for Americans for Prosperity, or AFP, the advocacy group founded with support from

"Their" group? "With support from"?

That's all this reporter has to connect AFP with the Koch brothers, as if it mattered anyway.

Just make an unsubstantiated allegation and spread it around every like-minded media outlet, as in 95% of them.

I like Cain's debate response to allegations such as this: "They wrong."

18 posted on 10/16/2011 8:13:52 AM PDT by Kennard
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Willie Green still stalks the halls of FR. :’)


19 posted on 10/16/2011 8:15:38 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: mandaladon

I hope it’s true!

Whipping the marxists with a candidate superficially a member of their “base” will make victory even sweeter.


20 posted on 10/16/2011 8:18:09 AM PDT by headsonpikes (Genocide is the highest sacrament of socialism - "Who-whom?")
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To: mandaladon

I hope it’s true!

Whipping the marxists with a candidate superficially a member of their “base” will make victory even sweeter.


21 posted on 10/16/2011 8:18:09 AM PDT by headsonpikes (Genocide is the highest sacrament of socialism - "Who-whom?")
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To: mandaladon

Cain is in terrific company.

Good for him.


22 posted on 10/16/2011 8:20:53 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: mandaladon

His links to the Koch brothers could undercut his outsider, non-political image among tea party fans who detest politics as usual and candidates connected with the party machine.

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i doubt it. the koch brothers are conservatives, not rinos.


23 posted on 10/16/2011 8:20:56 AM PDT by ken21
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To: mandaladon

What’s not to like?


24 posted on 10/16/2011 8:23:31 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: mandaladon

I don't want to hear about the Koch brothers until the F'n liberals deal with their Soros dependency!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

25 posted on 10/16/2011 8:27:26 AM PDT by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: mandaladon

This makes me like Cain even more.


26 posted on 10/16/2011 8:28:00 AM PDT by Snake65
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To: mandaladon

“Halliburton!!”


27 posted on 10/16/2011 8:30:27 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (Time to move forward not to the center.)
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To: ken21

The Kock Brothers shoot RINO’s .


28 posted on 10/16/2011 8:31:08 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: mandaladon

From where I’m sitting, it’s a good thing if the Koch brothers back Herman.


29 posted on 10/16/2011 8:34:17 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Obama - No matter how thin he slices it, it's still baloney.)
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To: Free Vulcan

LOL! Love it! bttt


30 posted on 10/16/2011 8:36:00 AM PDT by Matchett-PI (Obamageddon, Barackalypse Now! Bam is "Debt Man Walking" in 2012 - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: mandaladon

Music, I tell ya! Music to my ears! so much for not being able to outlast the romney/perry money wagon.


31 posted on 10/16/2011 8:40:21 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: Buckeye Battle Cry

They are part of the group who are tired of the GOP establishment elites and are working to change that. Maybe I am missing something here...but I think that is a good thing.


32 posted on 10/16/2011 8:41:37 AM PDT by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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To: mandaladon

“the advocacy group founded with support from billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, which lobbies for lower taxes and less government regulation and spending.”

OMG this group must be down right EVIL!


33 posted on 10/16/2011 8:44:16 AM PDT by 07Jack
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To: mandaladon

ZZZZZzzzzzz


34 posted on 10/16/2011 8:48:58 AM PDT by MCH
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To: mandaladon

Aren’t the Koch’s the largest private employer of union labor in the U.S. or something like that? I thought I read that here on FR awhile back.

Then again, unions have never had a problem with shooting themselves and their members in the foot in order to further their Leftist causes...


35 posted on 10/16/2011 8:50:28 AM PDT by chrisser (Starve the Monkeys!)
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To: Matchett-PI

What got me was the melodramatic ‘deep ties’ headline. That really deserved a good mocking. Like ‘green shoots’ it’s yet another bit of left-wing phraseology psyops destined for the rhetorical turd pile.


36 posted on 10/16/2011 8:55:54 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: ken21

Good point. A connection with the Koch brothers is only a positive in my eyes. It means you are an outsider, a true conservative, NOT a member of the rino establishment. The writer of this article has no concept of who is on what side in this battle for the heart of the GOP.


37 posted on 10/16/2011 9:21:24 AM PDT by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the constitution"-Obama official)
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To: icwhatudo

True


38 posted on 10/16/2011 9:44:07 AM PDT by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow democrat)
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To: mandaladon
Cain's campaign manager and a number of aides have worked for Americans for Prosperity, which lobbies for lower taxes and less government regulation and spending.

Oh, no! Cain's a . . . a . . . (gasp!) . . . pro-American capitalist!

It's almost funny what the Left considers to be a smear these days.

39 posted on 10/16/2011 11:05:51 AM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: mandaladon

Koch brothers - evil

Scary dude Soros - no big deal.

I hate the MSM


40 posted on 10/16/2011 11:26:32 AM PDT by hattend (If I wanted you dead, you'd be dead. - Cameron Connor)
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To: nutmeg

bookmark


41 posted on 10/16/2011 12:31:32 PM PDT by nutmeg (Yes We CAIN !! Herman Cain 2012)
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To: mandaladon
Oooooooh, the Koch brothers!!!!   - Drama Queen Obama Butt-Boy "Reporter" at AP


42 posted on 10/16/2011 12:38:28 PM PDT by WeatherGuy
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To: ken21; Vendome

” i doubt it. the koch brothers are conservatives, not rinos.”

I sincerely hope the Koch bro’s ARE behind Cain.

1) They are conservatives.

2) They are worth around 15 billion apiece.

3) Cain need wealthy conservative backers to have a chance.


43 posted on 10/16/2011 2:33:11 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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