Koch Exec Praises Cain, ‘Certainly Glad’ to See Contender Rise

by Robert Costa

Over the weekend, the Associated Press reported on Herman Cain’s “long ties” to Charles and David Koch:

Cain’s campaign manager and a number of aides have worked for Americans for Prosperity, or AFP, the advocacy group founded with support from billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, which lobbies for lower taxes and less government regulation and spending. Cain credits a businessman who served on an AFP advisory board with helping devise his “9-9-9” plan to rewrite the nation’s tax code. And his years of speaking at AFP events have given the businessman and radio host a network of loyal grassroots fans.

Richard Fink, the executive vice president of Koch Industries, tells National Review Online that the company is “certainly glad” to see Cain’s message connecting with voters. He calls Cain a “man of deep dedication to our nation.”

“We have long admired Herman Cain for his success in growing jobs and business in this country, and for his long-standing commitment to the values of economic freedom,” Fink says. “Although we have not formally committed to supporting any presidential candidate, we are certainly glad to see Mr. Cain confront the issues of runaway spending and stifling government interference that are holding back the economy and the lives of all Americans. Anyone that has spent time with Mr. Cain, as we have, can tell you he is a man of deep dedication to our nation and his independence of thought is obviously what is appealing to voters.”

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