All Koch’d Up?

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.”

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/04/usa-campaign-cain-finances-idUSN1E7A31XQ20111104

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-cain-afp-20111104,0,7236467.story

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