The News-feeds are all a twitter ... someone has been doing some digging ...
Long Ties to Koch Brothers Key to Cain's Campaign
by Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press -- IOWA CITY, Iowa October 16, 2011 (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.
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.
[Mark] Block is now Cain's campaign manager.
It's nice to have friends in high places, right Herb?
Herman Cain and the Koch Brothers - political bedmates?
by Nancy Houser, digitaljournal -- Oct 11, 2011
Herman Cain's new political allies
Nobody speaks more loudly in support of the loyalty of the Koch brothers toward America than the 2012 Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, an Atlanta radio host and past chairman and CEO of Godfather's Pizza, who has topped Republican polls in Virginia and South Carolina while winning the Florida GOP straw poll.
And obviously, candidate Cain supports and trusts the Koch brothers. But why do the wealthy and powerful Koch brothers want Herman Cain? Watch the video:
Herman Cain calls the Koch Brothers "True Patroits"
I think David Koch is a Patriot. Because David Koch cares about the future of this Country. His brother Charles Koch is also a Patriot. They care about the future of this Country.
On MTP this morning, Cain gives a "shout out" to Clarence Thomas (another Koch alumni); and in the above clip, we also find out Cain has been a longtime paid speaker at AFP events -- including speaking out against the Science of Climate Change. Anything for a buck, right Herb?
And Cain has credited Rich Lowrie, a Cleveland businessman who served on AFP's board of advisors from 2005 to 2008, with being a key economic adviser and with helping to develop his plan to cut the corporate tax rate to 9 percent, impose a national sales tax of 9 percent and set a flat income tax rate of 9 percent.
Rich Who? No wonder mum was the 9-9-9 word, regarding the geniuses behind this regressive tax plan. Touting a Koch funded-plan could hurt Cain's astro-turf cred.
Debate shout-out brings national attention to Cleveland's Rich Lowrie, economic adviser to Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain
by Henry J. Gomez, The Plain Dealer, cleveland.com October 12, 2011
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Overnight, Cleveland-area moneyman Richard Lowrie became America's most famous financial planner.
"One of my experts that helped me to develop this is a gentleman by the name of Rich Lowrie out of Cleveland, Ohio," Cain said in response to a question about his economic advisers. "He is an economist, and he has worked in the business of wealth creation most of his career."
So who is Rich Lowrie? The Gates Mills resident has a bachelor's degree in accountancy from Cleveland's Case Western Reserve University. He is a wealth-management consultant and a managing director at a Wells Fargo branch in Pepper Pike. He is a licensed stockbroker.
Even in Cleveland, Lowrie's name rang few bells among industry insiders, one of whom thought Cain was name-checking Rich Lowry, editor of the conservative National Review.
Been surprised by Cain's meteoric rise in the polls in recent weeks?
Don't be. Given enough money, you can buy almost anything
-- maybe even a very regressive Tax Plan; maybe even the U.S. Presidency ???