Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, a consumer group that has taken a stand against dirty money in politics, has filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Elections Commission that alleges that two conservative-aligned political influence groups gave tens of thousands of dollars of illegal contributions to the then-nascent campaign of pizza chain CEO-turned presidential aspirant, Herman Cain.
Prosperity USA was led by Mark Block, now chief of staff of the Cain campaign, is said to have loaned the Cain campaign about $40,000 in various considerations and services — which would be illegal under federal election laws.
Prosperity USA is a unit of the Tea Party-aligned Americans for Prosperity, which is funded in large part by the ultra-conservative, ultra-wealthy industrial investors, the Koch brothers, who fund a number of far-right groups.
Earlier today, Cain told a crowd that included David Koch: “I’m very proud to know the Koch brothers. This may be a breaking news announcement for the media: I am the Koch brothers’ brother from another mother.”