Skip to comments.Long ties to Koch brothers key to Cain's campaign
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.
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That “Americans for Prosperity” organization sounds sinister. I’d much rather support a candidate affiliated with “Americans for Poverty”.
Leftists will ALWAYS tell you who they fear.
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.
Oh, no! Another poverty pimp! ;)
I doubt it. And I would hardly call the Koch brothers "the party machine". What I detest is journalism-as-usual.
Before the Wisconsin recalls, I had never heard of the Koch brothers. Now they are the boogeyman in every news article.
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.
Strange, I don’t recall seeing articles in the lamestream media connecting billionaire George Soros to candidate Obama.
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.
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!
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).
. ... 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."
Willie Green still stalks the halls of FR. :’)
I hope it’s true!
Whipping the marxists with a candidate superficially a member of their “base” will make victory even sweeter.