Sunday, October 16, 2011
The GOP flavor of the month, Herman Cain, has deep ties to the Koch Brothers.
Cain, who has cast himself as a political outsider, a pizza magnate with real-world experience who will bring fresh ideas to Washington and who cites Burger King as an important moment in his career, fails to mention his economic ideas, support and organization have close ties to the billionaire Koch brothers who bankroll right-leaning causes like the Tea Party through their group, Americans for Prosperity.
For example, Cain’s campaign manager as well as a number of aides have worked for Americans for Prosperity, the advocacy group founded with support from billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, which lobbies for lower taxes and less government regulation and spending.
Americans for Prosperity 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.
While Cain is quick to promote his career at the helm of the Godfather’s Pizza chain and the Kansas City Federal Reserve, his ties to Koch Brothers is something he never mentions.
The fact of Herman Cain’s close and deep ties to the despised Koch Brother undercut his efforts to paint himself as a political outlander.