Herman Cain Has Long Ties to Koch Brothers
Far from outsider, Cain's campaign full of Koch associates
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2011 7:38 AM CDT
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain gives a thumbs-up to a staff member after finishing a speech as he campaigns yesterday in Cookesville, Tenn.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

(Newser) – Herman Cain is the plain-talking and surging Republican presidential candidate everyone knows for his 9-9-9 plan and his days at the helm of Godfather's Pizza. But the AP takes a closer look at his resume, and finds close and longstanding ties to Americans for Prosperity, the right-leaning advocacy group funded by the controversial billionaire Koch brothers. It seems that, dating back as far as 2005, Cain traveled the country speaking to nascent AFP chapters; several of his top campaign aides, including his campaign manager, are AFP alums.

"He's got a national network now that perhaps he wouldn't have had 15 or 20 years ago because of his work with AFP," says a top GOP official in Wisconsin. "For a presidential candidate, that's obviously helpful to have." Another AFP official calls Cain a "dynamic, pro-business speaker" and says Cain and the AFP share a "natural overlap." But his ties with AFP could hurt Cain's outsider image among Tea Partiers, and neither Cain nor the Kochs would respond to requests for comment. Liberals are already pouncing: "Herman Cain is the first presidential corporate spokes-candidate," says one lefty in Wisconsin. "The best way to have your issues talked about is to have a candidate in your pocket with snappy comebacks and easily branded policy papers which mask how destructive they would be." Over at Politico, a former colleague at the Federal Reserve is praising Cain.

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JonmarkP
Oct 17, 2011 8:33 PM CDT
Herman is the GOP's favorite minstrel. "Sing 'Mammy' for us Herman, like a good boy."
parkypundit
Oct 17, 2011 8:34 AM CDT
Well THIS would be CONVENIENT for the Kochs! They already HAVE at least one governor (and I'm looking at YOU, Scott Walker in Wisconsin). How HELPFUL it would be to own the President of the United States, too! Say, anyone want a toot of this new designer drug? "Koch-Cain?" http://www.billschmalfeldt.com/?p=1853
bruno937
Oct 16, 2011 8:32 PM CDT
Any GOP or DNC candidate that has a shot at winning is backed by the Zionists. That is how we never stop being Israel's lap dog. Luckily u can google everything now, thanks to Al Gore* (*internet 1994).