Sunday, October 16, 2011

Herman Cain and the Koch Brothers

Ah, the tentacles of those great vampire squids, the Koch brothers, are spread wide indeed. This AP story reveals that Herman Cain made the jump from retired pizza company executive to political candidate through his work with the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity (AFP):
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.

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.

Block is now Cain’s campaign manager. . . .
Suddenly Cain's rapid rise makes a lot more sense.

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