Friday, November 11, 2011

The Koch-Cain Connection: IRS Urged To Probe Ties Between Cain Campaign and Billionaire Koch Brothers

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The campaign of Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain took another hit on Monday when a fourth woman emerged to accuse him of sexual harassment in the 1990s. But the allegations of sexual harassment are not the only controversies surrounding Cain.

Also on Monday, the Wisconsin-based Center for Media and Democracy filed a complaint asking the Internal Revenue Service to investigate whether one of his top aides has used tens of thousands of dollars from a tax-exempt non-profit organization to fund Cain's political activities.

Citing leaked financial records, the Center alleges that Cain's campaign manager, Mark Block, used at least $40,000 dollars from his group, Prosperity USA, to pay for Cain's private jets, air travel and computers when he was exploring a presidential bid. Block founded Prosperity USA just last year.
The leaked records cited in the complaint also suggest extensive financial ties between Block's Prosperity USA, the Cain campaign, and the right-wing advocacy group founded by the billionaire David Koch, Americans for Prosperity. Block stepped down from heading the Wisconsin arm of "Americans for Prosperity" to run Cain's campaign.

To learn more about these allegations, Democracy Now! interviews Lisa Graves, executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy, about its request that the IRS to investigate the group's tax-exempt status, and other ways Block may have been funneling money to political campaigns.

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