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Presidential Astroturfing

Herman Cain is currently leading in several polls for the Republican presidential nomination. Since several other candidates have held the lead for brief periods, some people think that Cain might just be the flavor of the month, but there is something different about Cain.

Remember when the Tea Party movement became funded by the Koch brothers, and was taken over by corporate interests? When it stopped being a grass-roots movement and became astroturf? Could the same thing happen to a presidential election?

Cain likes to call himself an non-political outsider, but he does have one very important insider connection, with the Koch brothers. In fact, not only has Cain worked for years for the Koch funded group “Americans for Prosperity” (AFP), even serving as the public face of their “Prosperity Expansion Project”, but quite a few members of his campaign staff, including his campaign manager, also worked for AFP. And Cain’s 9-9-9 plan? Developed by a member of AFP’s advisory board. And Cain will be the only presidential candidate at AFP’s annual “Defending the American Dream” summit in Washington.

Of course, Cain doesn’t mention any of this in his bio on his campaign website.



  1. Hassan wrote:

    Herman Cain would be biggest surprise of this election, for pollsters. He would stay in second or even lead, but would not win. He is everything neocons and teabaggers want from their candidate except for the color of skin. They are supporting him in polls, so that some white guy do the same, and they switch. If no one does that, then they would just vote for any other candidate. Cain would come last in each primary and caucus.

    Monday, October 17, 2011 at 7:57 am | Permalink
  2. Dan wrote:

    I was wondering who the Koch brothers were running this year. Thanks.

    Monday, October 17, 2011 at 9:05 am | Permalink
  3. Don wrote:

    Cain has an outside shot at being nominated for V-Pres. AFP is up to something and I’m sure the Koch brothers have a hand in whatever it is. They don’t work hands-off.

    He’s done well for a man that operates a corporation that builds its profit on the backs of part-time, minimum wage employees who receive few if any benefits. Same thing when he worked at BurgerKing. As he’s said, if one isn’t pleased with their station in life, they should look at themselves, not the system that they have to work within (I know this is a paraphrase, but it’s what I hear when I listen to him speak).

    Monday, October 17, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Permalink