Beginning of Cain campaign founded on illegal expenditures?

A report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel indicates that Prosperity USA, a now-defunct Wisconsin firm — run by Herman Cain’s top two campaign aides, Mark Block and Linda Hansen — used what appear to many experts to have been illegal expenditures to get the Cain campaign rolling.

According to the Journal Sentinel…

Election law experts say the transactions raise a host of questions for the private organization, which billed itself as a tax-exempt nonprofit, and the Cain team.

“If the records accurately reflect what occurred, this is way out of bounds,” said a Washington, D.C.-based election lawyer who advises many Republican candidates and conservative groups on campaign issues. The lawyer asked not to be identified because of those affiliations.

Michael Maistelman, a Wisconsin campaign attorney, agreed.

“The number of questionable and possibly illegal transactions conducted on behalf of Herman Cain is staggering,” said Maistelman, a Democrat who has represented politicians from both parties on campaign issues.

Here is another tidbit that emerged from the Journal Sentinel’s investigation: Prosperity USA paid as much as $100,000 to the conservative, mostly black organization, CORE, the Congress of Racial Equality, shortly before Herman Cain was chosen as the group’s featured speaker at their annual Martin Luther King dinner last January. Cain, who has supposedly been in demand as a speaker and is  claimed to often have  received large amounts for his public appearances, was apparently not paid for the appearance.

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