Oh, Brother!

From First Read at MSNBC:

Herman Cain enthusiastically embraced the Koch brothers — saying he is their “brother from another mother” — just hours after facing a legal complaint challenging his campaign’s ties to a Koch brother affiliated non profit.

“Just so I can clarify this for the media, this may be a breaking news announcement for the media: I am the Koch brothers’ brother from another mother,” Cain said during a speech at the Americans for Prosperity gathering in Washington, D.C. “Yes. I’m their brother from another mother! And proud of it!”

What most people don’t know is that, when Herb Hermie, Dave, and Chuck used sit around and talk about how they love the John Birch Society (like dear old dad) and Ayn Rand, they were known as Larry, Darryl, and their other brother Darryl.

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Charles and David Koch, whose company, Koch Industries, is one of the country’s largest privately-held energy firms, have been major donors to conservative causes and, through their group, Americans for Prosperity, have been widely credited with helping to spur the emergence of the Tea Party.


But Cain’s ties to the Koch brothers and Americans for Prosperity have received new scrutiny this week. A watchdog group, the Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington (CREW), on Friday filed a legal complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) charging that Cain and his campaign manager, Mark Block, violated election laws by using $40,000 in funds from a non profit founded by Block to pay for iPads and charter flights for Cain’s presidential campaign.


Non-profits are barred by law from spending money for presidential campaigns. Internal documents from the non-profit, Prosperity USA, were published this week by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. They contain apperent references to expenses paid by AFP on behalf of Prosperity USA and Cain — “From AFP- H. Cain travel,” one reads — and an AFP spokesman this week confirmed the group was reviewing what it called “financial dealings” between the groups.


The campaign finance allegations have added to Cain’s problems this week. The candidate has found himself under siege this week for his acknowledgement of settlements that existed between two women and the National Restaurant Association related to allegations of sexual harassment brought against Cain during his time as the restaurant lobby’s chairman.


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31 responses to “Oh, Brother!

  1. John Erickson

    That explains SO much…..

  2. I remember conspiratorially minded people on the Left wondering a few months ago what big money people were sponsoring Herman Cain. They couldn’t figure out any other way for him to run. Well, now we know. It’s a bad sign when the people wearing Reynolds Wrap on their heads turn out to be right.

  3. Hello Nonnie! Just returned and thought I’d say hello. Brothers of a different mother? Oh boy.

  4. welcome back, frank! hope you had a wonderful time. were you able to play any golf?

  5. In a few more months old mad Herbee will just be another media stooge of the paraniods. He should try mastering tricks to perform like crying at will of emersing his hand in open flames. His true status with the BillioBros will never go higher than his current “house negro”. And those two reprobates should be called cock and the other cock.

    • not sure how this is all going to end up. some of the rabid right will insist that it’s the ‘lamestream media’ that’s at fault, not herb. it will be interesting to see what happens now that one of the women has come out and told what he did. she didn’t sue and says she’s not going to write a book or sell her story or anything, so that adds to her credibility. i just wish she hadn’t hired gloria allred. i can’t stand that woman, and she always adds a bit of opportunism to every case she’s involved in. i don’t blame her clients, just her.

      • elizabeth3hersh

        I wish this woman had come forward a few days before Halloween. My two daughters would have played the duo brilliantly (albeit a much younger, thinner Allred).

  6. elizabeth3hersh

    Call me retarded, but is David Koch the same David H. Koch funder of my beloved PBS Nova series (latest installment: Brian Greene’s Fabric of the Cosmos)? If so, how can that be? How can a conservative be funding completely liberal shit (by ‘liberal shit’ I mean scientific liberal shit that I eat live and die for)? So confused…fill me in nonnie.

    • david koch is a chemical engineer. he gives lots of money away to science, especially cancer research, because he’s had prostate cancer for the last 20+ years. i wonder if he would donated a cent if he was healthy. i don’t mean to be nasty, but it’s a fact that he didn’t start donating to cancer research until after he was diagnosed. he doesn’t hate gay people and isn’t against stem cell research. on the other hand, he told new york magazine that global warming is good:

      Koch says he’s not sure if global warming is caused by human activities, and at any rate, he sees the heating up of the planet as good news. Lengthened growing seasons in the northern hemisphere, he says, will make up for any trauma caused by the slow migration of people away from disappearing coastlines. “The Earth will be able to support enormously more people because a far greater land area will be available to produce food,” he says.

      i don’t think he’s a stupid man, so i suspect that this wasn’t said out of ignorance or stupidity. instead, it’s a fantasy he’s weaving in order to push the bullshit that regulation is bad. forgive me if i sound mean again, but it appears that he’s perfectly reasonable about a lot of things that you wouldn’t think he’d be reasonable about, considering the politicians he backs. however, when it comes to anything that might put the tiniest dent in his corporation’s profits, he resorts to bullshit.

      • elizabeth3hersh

        From what I have gleaned, if there was ever a man that could bridge the gap between the ideological right and left, it might possibly be the likes of a David H. Koch (evaluating the man, that is, by the sum of his parts). Koch sounds like a man who can think outside the box and who embraces both science and culture (surprise!). I personally found Koch intriguing.

        I could jump on the Kochian libertarian bandwagon, but like author and neuroscientist Sam Harris succinctly puts it “we’re not ready for it!” That puts me squarely with the Dems on regulation (I personally would like to see more regulation). It’s just a viewpoint, and an opposing viewpoint has just as much validity in my eyes (a political continuum). Surely, Koch deserves a chair at the collective ideological negotiating table. He seems far more educated and far more cosmopolitan than say another Kansas native: Sam Brownback (ugh!).

        As to jumping on the cancer research wagon after contracting and battling cancer, please don’t fault the man. I was explaining to my teens yesterday that they will become more exquisitely tuned to illnesses, tragedies, and misfortune as they learn from first hand experience or through friends, acquaintances and loved ones throughout the course of their lives. I champion certain causes due to personal experience. We all do it (I think?).

        Thank you David H. Koch for funding Nova!! Long live Saganites!

        • i wasn’t faulting him for funding cancer research after he was diagnosed with cancer. i know a lot of people are not aware of the plight of others until they are stricken themselves. what i do fault him for is not only abandoning science in order to protect his precious profits but lying to people who have not had the advantages that he has and are not as schooled in science as he is. i don’t like the way he and his brother operate. i don’t like that they have so much influence on what happens in washington. you might want to read this.

  7. Snoring Dog Studio

    This is one of my favorite posters. I liked that show before those stooges appeared on it. I liked the U.S. before Cain and those other stooges appeared on it.

    • thanks sds. i liked the first newhart show more that the second (except for the very last scene that will go down in history as the best finale ever).

  8. Hey Elizabeth, David H. Koch (yes, one in the same) also funded the Dinosaur Wing at the Museum of Natural History — bet the Fundies wouldn’t like that either since it does NOT claim the dinosaurs are only 2,000 years old!!!
    (btw; he also funds the NYC Ballet — which is almost… kind of…gay friendly, mmmm?)

    • elizabeth3hersh

      Fascinating nycedges!!! But, now I am even more confused. I’m curious enough to start Googling.

    • like i said above, edgyleh (after you already commented. i really need to read all the comments before i reply), some of the causes he donates to are surprising.

  9. Well, at least Cain’s honest about the connection, even if he chose a rather queasy metaphor. Most Kochroaches try to keep their puppet-strings hidden.

    I’m starting to think that with the sexual-harassment talk and his abortion flub, he knows he’s not going to get the nomination and isn’t really trying any more, just trying to have as much fun as possible while he’s still in the spotlight.

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  10. I did a little research…. Herman Cain is actually my three-eighths cousin, four times removed, on my Aunt Agnes side of the family, from her fifth marriage after she left the convent. It really is a small world.

  11. Cain is now a cartoon character on a spinning downhill spiral.

    This brotha is toast!

    • he was always a cartoon character, but he was in botox batshit bachmann’s and then cartoon gov little ricky goodhair’s shadows, so we didn’t notice.

  12. Who knew the film Trading Places was actually a documentary?????