Yesterday the Washington Post published an AP story that seeks to link Presidential candidate Herman Cain to the infamous boogeymen of Republican politics—the Koch brothers. To counter conservatives’ arguments that George Soros is the Svengali behind Obama and most of the political hard Left, the mainstream media likes to tell us about the Kochs.
At first I wasn’t planning to post this story, but decided it is somewhat instructive to know that Americans for Prosperity got its start before the Tea Party. Contrary to most assumptions by local grassroots Tea Partiers, AFP did not rise spontaneously in 2009 but was around a long time before the TEA Party. AFP and the leaders of Freedom Works (which also got its start with Koch brothers funding) saw this huge tea party grassroots train coming down the tracks and wisely jumped in front claiming to be the engines (or LOL! at least trying to steer the train!).
Here is how the Associated Press begins its story to derail Cain:
IOWA CITY, Iowa — 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.
There is lots more, read it all.
Then near the end, to further hammer home AP’s thesis that Cain is nothing more than a paid mouthpiece for the Koch brothers and AFP, the reporter tells us this astounding (LOL!) bit of news as if the Leftwing candidates (Obama!) are not influenced by super-wealthy outside groups and individuals!
To some liberals, Cain’s rise with the help of AFP shows the incredible influence that outside groups controlled by super-wealthy individuals with specific agendas can have on the political process. [NO! really!]
“Herman Cain is the first presidential corporate spokes-candidate,” said Scot Ross, a liberal activist who leads One Wisconsin Now, which has often mocked AFP as a front group for corporate interests. “The best way to have your issues talked about in the issue debate is to have a candidate in your pocket with snappy comebacks and easily branded policy papers which mask how destructive they would be.” [I guess Mr. Ross hadn’t heard that Obama is the biggest recipient of corporate cash—ed]
Sounds like AFP’s agenda, for the most part, fits the bill for Tea Partiers anyway.
AFP’s agenda also includes weakening private and public sector unions, opposing environmental regulations and undoing Obama’s health care reform law, among other policies.
Except for one thing!
Throwing the monkey wrench into AP’s mainstream media thesis!
If Cain were just a mouthpiece for AFP he wouldn’t be joking about putting an electric fence on our southern border! Americans for Prosperity both nationally and locally has maintained its distance from any discussion of illegal immigration—a departure from the concerns of most Tea Partiers and other hard-working Americans of the country class. If you look closely, you will see that Freedom Works as well does not say anything about immigration.
As this article points out, Cain is the only Presidential candidate scheduled to speak at the upcoming Defending the American Dream Summit that AFP is putting on in Washington in early November. Too bad that AFP taints its agenda with Open Borders advocate Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform. Norquist supported the so-called Kennedy-McCain comprehensive immigration (amnesty) bill that the precursors to the Tea Party defeated in 2007.