I thought he would have preferred Herb-al tea


Former pizza executive Herman Cain’s rise to the top of the Republican presidential pack will undoubtedly put smiles on the faces of two brothers: Charles and David Koch.

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The Koch Brothers are infamous for using their billions to finance the Tea Party and helping to gut business and environmental regulations. They have not been shy about influencing conservative politics, both through large direct contributions – the Kochs have pledged to raise $88 million for the 2012 election – and funding corporate front groups like Americans for Prosperity.

Though the Kochs have not made a public endorsement in the Republican presidential contest, Herman Cain’s rise from niche radio host to presidential frontrunner appears to have been largely fueled by the Koch network. From Cain’s early foray into politics to his presidential campaign speeches to his top staff, the former pizza executive has had close, consistent ties with the Koch Brothers.


Here is a rundown of the numerous ways in which Cain and the Kochs have worked hand-in-hand for years to advance corporate-friendly conservative policies:

Cain held an official position in the Koch-funded group Americans for Prosperity: Dating back to 2005, Cain led Americans for Prosperity’s new “Prosperity Expansion Project.


Cain’s campaign manager is the former president of Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity Wisconsin chapter: Prior to becoming Cain’s campaign manager and chief of staff, Mark Block served as the president of Americans for Prosperity’s Wisconsin chapter. At the same time Block was serving in that position, he is credited with “talk[ing] Herman Cain into running for president”. […] Block has a history of electoral dirty tricks and once fined $15,000 for violating Wisconsin election law.

Cain attended the Koch Brothers’ private biannual meeting in Palm Springs


Cain traveled to Wisconsin in support of the Koch-funded union-busting bill: During the apex of the fight in Wisconsin over Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) union-busting bill this spring, Cain traveled to the Badger State to support the conservative power-grab, speaking at a rally in February.


Cain headlined a Koch-funded anti-climate rally in New York […] The rally, held by Americans for Prosperity, protested New York’s involvement in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, an important project to fight global warming that has been long-opposed by the Koch Brothers.

Cain was a featured speaker at the Koch-funded RightOnline conference


The Koch Brothers’ investment in Herman Cain appears to already be paying dividends in advancing their corporatist agenda. Cain has centered his presidential bid around the “999″ economic plan, an enormous corporate giveaway that would reduce companies’ income tax rate from 35 percent to 9 percent. Not only would Koch Industries reap massive benefits, but the Koch Brothers themselves — already tied for the fourth richest people in America — would personally see their tax rates fall from approximately 28 percent to around 11 percent.

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22 responses to “I thought he would have preferred Herb-al tea

  1. John Erickson

    Hey, don’t get TOO down on tea. It’s my beverage of choice, and I ain’t no Koch sucker! 😀
    Hey, the Koch duo are waiting to see which flavour in the GOP soup comes out on top, THEN they’ll make their preference known. Until then, I wouldn’t be surprised to find they’re contributing to EVERYBODY’S campaign funds.
    Well, except Mitt. Can’t trust those cultist Mormons…..

  2. Cain is in over his head. I read the transcript of the interview with Lawrence O’Donnell. It made me really uncomfortable for a lot of reasons, but for the purposes of electing a president, one thing was very clear. Cain can’t clearly communicate his own story and doesn’t see how he falls short as a communicator. He says he didn’t join the Civil Rights movement because he was in high school. He was actually in college during the height of the movement. Cain later interpreted the interview to the hate group gathering (the Value Voters) as O’Donnell telling him how to be black. Wtf. He’s also incapable of elaborating on his 999 plan. “How to be black,” “999.” The man thinks he can speak in slogans and just slug his way through. The job is much tougher than that. His weaknesses are transparent. He’s all bluster and no substance. That may be a formula for success in business. Leader of the Free World…not so much.

    • John Erickson

      Is it me, or is Cain trying to play the race card without being seen as playing the race card? That whole bit with “N-word-head Rock” Camp was just … weird!

      • he sorta uses the anti-race card. he’s there so the rethugs can point and say see, we’re not racist! he’s willing to make all kinds of excuses for the racists in the party. the irony is, if he had been white, he wouldn’t have gotten any attention at all.

    • i honestly didn’t know what to think about that o’d/cain interview. at times, i thought that larry o’d was going over the top, and he was making ol’ herb almost sympathetic. then herb would say something stupid, and i no longer felt sorry for him. herb thinks that running for president is like opening another pizza restaurant. as long as the slogan and the ad is good, people will vote for her. when it comes to substance, however, there’s no there there.

  3. jean-philippe

    The Republicans are discovering a virtuose to sell reckless, dangerous idiocy to America. He may be as good as Ronnie at this. There won’t be much left to destroy after a Cain presidency…

  4. Looks like the Koch Brothers have their bets covered with Cain and Bachmann.

    • they’re probably funneling money to all of them. even if they don’t think they’ll win the nomination, they’ll still pay them to spread their propaganda. it’s a bargain. cheaper to pay them than to have to buy ads.

  5. Daddy Kock was a Birch founder. And why do the uber-rich boys waste time to raise money when they can just write a check? This Cain thing is just a passing amusement untill Willard gets the nomination. Maddow says he’s already got the urainium-in-Africa guy to be his foriegn policy expert. He will put on extra powerfull magic panties, get the nomination, and lose big time. Evangelicals will not vote for a Morman. Just ask Melissa.

    • rich people are cheap. if they can get someone else to pay for something, they will. i’m beginning to wonder if some of the rethugs at the top might want herb to be the nominee, knowing that he’ll lose. they’ve given up on gov little ricky goodhair, because he’s just too stoopit, and they hate mittsie. if herb runs, they can proclaim to the world that they aren’t racists, and after the election, they can go back to their racist ways. it might be a far-fetched theory, but i don’t put anything past the rethugs.

  6. i love the cover for this post

  7. Hey… really loved your Koch Ad. Just wondering, though, what Herman plans to do with that big cob of corn?

    • he’s going to wave it in front of some poor kids and tell them how it’s their own fault that they’re hungry. then he’ll eat it in front of them and tell them how yummy it is.

  8. Robert

    Your poster is so so funny.Do you know where I can buy Koch Caca,I need it for presents to a few enemies.

  9. Cain is not only the flavor of the month for the anybody-but-Mitt crowd, he’s going nowhere .. so my worry monitor is not sounding the alarm yet. Meanwhile, you have quite an assortment of Koch products for the menu!

    • i thought so, too, frank, but like i said to tex above, i’m starting to wonder. i’m not worried about him winning, but i’m not so sure i’d be surprised if he got the nomination, if only due to a lot of rethugs not bothering to vote in the primaries, because they hate mittsie and think gov little ricky goodhair is an idiot.